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Take Back Our Food

We all know that climate change is driven by our energy and transportation systems, but we don’t hear as much about how our current food systems also create climate change. However, food systems could be a huge part of the solution instead.

The Problem: Fossil Fuels & Soil Degradation

Currently, modern industrial agriculture uses enormous amounts of fossil fuels – particularly for fertilizers – and degrades the soil so that it doesn’t retain carbon. Energy consumed during fertilizer manufacture was equivalent to 191 billion liters [50.5 billion gallons] of diesel in 2000 and is projected to rise to 277 billion [73.2 billion gallons] in 2030. All of this energy is being used to produce an input that is richer and more nutrient dense when produced naturally, without carbon emissions.

The Solution: Organic Agriculture & Sustainable Practices

There’s a better way to practice agriculture – one that nourishes the soil and sequesters carbon. Modern organic agriculture, which produces yields similar to conventional agriculture, has the potential to sequester enormous amounts of carbon. Organic agriculture takes carbon from the atmosphere and puts it back in the soil. The microorganisms in healthy soil convert organic waste into humus, which stores carbon rather than releasing it. These microorganisms also store carbon themselves, because they consume plant sugars, which are made with carbon through photosynthesis.

"Modern organic agriculture has the potential to sequester enormous amounts of carbon."

If 10,000 medium-sized US farms converted to organic farming, the emissions reduction would be equivalent to removing over 1 million cars from the road. If all US croplands became organic, it would increase soil carbon storage by 367 million tons and would cut nitrogen oxide emissions dramatically.

In fact, research from the Rodale Institute demonstrates that if we practiced organic agriculture globally, we would be able to reverse climate change. Rodale Institute created a model of a global carbon sink around the world through a 100 percent transition to organic agriculture. They compared that to the emissions that we had in 2012 globally and found that the world would have been able to sequester 111 percent of 2012 emissions. That’s how powerful organic agriculture could be as a climate change solution, and just one of the reasons we need to move to organic farming as quickly as possible.

Miracle Whipped GMOs

Tell Darden Restaurants to Serve Healthy, Green, and Fair Food
Darden Restaurants—owner of Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, and The Capital Grille—is the #1 casual-dining operator in terms of revenue. Ask Darden to serve greener meals that are better for our health, the planet, and workers!

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Miracle Whipped GMOs

Tell Congress to Reject the TTIP Trade Deal
The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) governing trade between the US and European Union will further the corporate influence over the worldwide food system and increase the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops and pesticides.

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Tell Congress to Reject the TPP

Tell Congress to Reject the TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) governing trade in the Pacific will negatively impact food safety, workers’ rights, and the environment. We must protect ourselves and stand up against corporate interests.

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Miracle Whipped GMOs

Tell Kraft to Remove GMOs from Miracle Whip
Most mayo contains genetically engineered (referred to as GE or GMO) ingredients. These mayos are also frequently made from factory farmed eggs. Tell Kraft to get the GMOs out of, and get humanely produced eggs into, Miracle Whip.

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Tell Sabra Hummus: Stop Mixing in the GMOs
Sabra hummus contains soybean oil and citric acid, both from likely genetically engineered crops. Sabra's parent company, PepsiCo, is one of the largest supporters of the anti-GMO labeling movement, fighting consumer’s right to know.

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Tell Starbucks:
Serve Only Organic, Non-GMO Milk

With more than 20,000 retail locations throughout the world, Starbucks is a company uniquely positioned to trigger major supply-chain shifts when it makes changes to the products in its stores. Plus, Starbucks already serves organic soymilk. Green America's GMO Inside campaign calls on Starbucks to switch to serving all-organic dairy products as well. 
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Tell Dean Foods: We Want Better Butter
Dean Foods claims that their white milk does not contain GMOs, while sourcing their dairy from cows raised on genetically modified feed. It's time to get the GMOs completely out of their supply chain.
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Non-GMO Mayo Hellmann's Offers Non-GMO Mayo Option!

Green America's GMO Inside campaign celebrates another announcement that Hellmann's is releasing a non-GMO mayonnaise dressing made with olive oil. Thanks, Green Americans, for taking action and making this possible.
Victory! Similac Infant Formula Removes GMOs Abbott Offers non-GMO Similac Infant Formula

Green America's GMO Inside campaign celebrates Abbott's announcement that it is removing genetically engineered ingredients from two of its Similac formulas. This victory is thanks to the tens of thousands of Green Americans who've taken action.
Hersheys give a kiss actions Monumental First Step! Give a Kiss to Hershey's!

Hershey's announced that as part of achieving "simpler ingredients" it will be switching to non-GMO sugar, removing artificial flavors (vanillin), and sourcing milk from cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST in its iconic Milk Chocolate Bar and Kisses by the end of 2015. This is a monumental first step from one of the leading chocolate companies and a large purchaser of sugar.
hersheys milk chocolate Hershey's Milk Chocolate and Kisses to Go Non-GMO by the End of 2015

Bowing to pressure from Green America's GMO Inside campaign, Hershey's announced it will switch to non-GMO sugar for its milk chocolate bars and Kisses.
NonGMO Cheerios General Mills Announces That Original Cheerios Are Now Non-GMO

General Mills announced that its "original" Cheerios are now produced without genetically modified ingredients, a year after Green America launched our GMO Inside campaign targeting General Mills to get the GMOs out of Cheerios. The company said it was "able to change how we source and handle ingredients to ensure that the corn starch for original Cheerios comes only from non-GMO corn and our sugar is only non-GMO pure cane sugar."