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    GMO: why you owe your kids a Yes vote on Prop. 37

    Posted November 5th, 2012 by

    Let’s cut to the chase:

    1/ there’s no such thing as a scientific consensus on GMO (genetically modified organisms) safety—but a battle of opinions supported by studies that each side unsurprisingly deems irrefutable or deeply flawed

    2/ GMO benefit nobody today but the IP owners of the patented seeds (or rather, their bottom line)–not the consumer, not the small farmer, despite the biotech industry’s claims to the contrary: the former is unwittingly acting as a guinea pig, the latter is enslaved to patented seeds whose false promises have already driven many to suicide.

    As a consumer, I refuse to subscribe to an industry that preys on farmers in the name of solving world hunger, and that (gulp!) claims to promote “sustainable” agriculture.

    And my stance, as a mother, is clear: I will do everything in my power to avoid subjecting my baby boy to the worldwide experiment that is conducted by the industrial food industry. Its results may not become clear and apparent for another generation—it may be too late, and I’m not keen to find out.

    The European Union and several other countries already understand this. They’ve adopted the precautionary principle according to which GMO are deemed risky until proven safe and not the other way around. As a result, their regulations require all foods containing GMO to be labeled, so that consumers are given the information they need to choose.

    A similar conclusion was reached by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), a four-year international research program funded by the World Bank and six U.N. Agencies. Its report was endorsed by 59 nations in 2008. It states that “there is a wide range of perspectives on the environmental, human health and economic risks and benefits of modern biotechnology; many of these risks are as yet unknown.”

    In the absence of GMO labeling in the United States, I am left with staying clear of GMO by buying as little processed food as possible. And when I do, I buy organic, since the organic label requires no intentional use of GMO (although it leaves the door open to an unregulated amount of GMO being accidentally incorporated into the final product). Meanwhile, many consumers who are unaware of the issues linked to GMO (public health, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, social and economic woes in developing countries, you name it), are gypped of the opportunity to be exposed to it, and to inquire as to what all the fuss is about.

    If Proposition 37 passes in California, the State will join the ranks of many nations where GMO labeling is mandatory. Despite the claims of the anti-Prop. 37 campaign (funded by the biotech industry and Big Food to the tune of more than 48 million dollars), the impact of GMO labeling on food prices is expected to be negligible, even non-existent.

    However, the impact on the industrial food system may ripple through the nation. Consumers in other states may be inspired to follow in Californians’ footsteps, and to ramp up the Label-It campaign at home and in Washington. Meanwhile, food companies may find that revising their recipes, supply-chain and packaging for one state makes little sense. They may decide to use California’s requirements as their new standard.

    Sure, I may be a dreamer. Hopefully, you can dream with me. And, if you vote in California, you can cast a Yes vote on Prop. 37.

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    6 Comments

    September 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm by Eva

    This issue affects the world’s food supply. GMO corn pollen is an airborne contaminant that has affected wild varieties only found in Mexico. BT cotton is putting farmers out of business in India and does not perform as advertised. Even the soil is affected. Animals fed these crops have health problems and die. Human health problems from ingesting GMO foods are only recently being uncovered. The agricultural business wants to patent and control seeds. There is an infertility gene being developed so plants do not make seeds. Pandora’s box has been opened on gene modification of plants with false claims not backed up by studies. And yes, we are all guinea pigs, but young children are more susceptible. Is working moms. org taking a stance on this issue?

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    November 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm by GMO Aware

    The desire to know about more the foods we’re eating still exists despite the disappointing failure of the GMO labeling mandate of Proposition 37. If you want to avoid GMOs in your food, there are still alternatives, including buying organic, as any product that carries the USDA organic seal cannot contain GMOs. In addition, be sure to pay attention to the little stickers on your grocery store produce. The numbers on these sticker indicate how the produce was farmed: 4 digits = conventionally farmed, likely subjected to herbicides and/or pesticides; 5 digits, beginning with 9 = organic certified, no GMOs, pesticides, or herbicides; 5 digits, beginning with 8 = conventionally farmed and GMO, almost certainly subjected to herbicides and/or pesticides. Stay healthy!

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    Anita Reply:

    Thanks for the reminder about the number 9 on the sticker. I was disappointed about Prop 37 myself.

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    November 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm by Zen Honeycutt

    So Prop 37 failed due to lack of funds and the other side sending out fraudulant flyers, lying and spending 45 million on attack ads to be able to continue to spray pesticides on and inject it into our food. This is criminal. They have been reported to the FBI.
    In the meantime, we Moms are one of the most powerful forces of nature. I am proposing a Million Mom March on Main Streets of America all to happen simultaneously on the same day. A March for a Ban on GMO’s and for REAL FOOD for our families. I need an connection to people who organize marches or walks or runs. I need a website organizer and social media connections throughout the country, like Moms Rising and maybe partnering with moms local sites like Macaroni kid and other Moms sites. I just emailed Robyn OBrien. If you are at all interested in being affiliated, supporting or CAUSING this nationwide event leave a comment for support!

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