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Posted on 10-04-2012

Good morning!

Many of you know that I am a BIG opponent to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) being used for our food.  Many of you may not know this but there is a CA proposition coming our way in November that will require manufacturers to disclose if they are using "natural foods" versus ones designed in a lab.  Remember you were not designed in a lab and your food shouldn't either!  There are several TV ads put out by the folks against the proposition (mostly industry) but wile watching the highlights of the presidential debate this morning I saw a former head officer of the FDA coming out against Prop 37.  

What we have to remember is that 80% of FDA staffers are offered luxurious positions in pharmaceuticals and/or food manufacturing after they leave the FDA. In addition many of these staffers are severely biased.  Why wouldn't you want to know what is in your food?  Fear of litigation?  If you are not hiding anything then why are they worried?  It's all politics and selfishness folks and I DON'T WANT YOU TO BUY INTO IT!

Health recently reported that the fight over Prop 37 has created a sharp divide between consumers and corporations. On the one hand, polling shows that over 90 percent of people nationwide favor mandatory GE labeling. In California, support for Prop 37 hovers around 61 percent compared to 25 percent against. These high levels of support demonstrate that most consumers, regardless of political persuasion, agree that mandatory GE labeling in no way limits consumer choice and in fact helps consumers make more informed decisions about what they purchase.

Many food manufacturers, on the other hand, view Prop 37 as a threat to their profits. Right now, the opposition has raised $32 million, $7.1 million alone from Monsanto. And the most telling part is that, as of now, not a single individual has contributed to the opposition; all contributions came from large corporations.

Opponents of Prop 37 primarily fall into two camps: food manufacturers and pesticide companies.Roughly $19 million of the $32 million raised by the opposition has come from the worlds largest pesticide companies that have been dubbed the “Big Six:” Monsanto, DuPont, BASF, Dow, Bayer and Syngenta. These companies see GE crops – and their corresponding pesticides, herbicides and fungicides – as their primary source of future profit potential.

Among the highest contributing food manufacturers are PepsiCo, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, ConAgra, General Mills, Kellogg and Hershey. Many of these manufacturers own “all natural” brands like Sun Chips, Naked Juice, and Kashi, all of which most likely contain GE ingredients. If Prop 37 passes, no food containing GE ingredients could be labeled “natural,” which makes sense because inserting genes from one plant, animal, or microorganism into the DNA of an entirely different species in a laboratory isn’t exactly natural.

So far, opponents of Prop 37 are just beginning to flood the airways with pro-GE messaging as they try to confuse voters with false claims. Ultimately, this fight will most likely come down to a battle of money vs. facts. The question is, can $32 million buy enough confusion to make people doubt their convictions? We believe that on as clear and simple of an issue as this one, facts will always have the upper hand. As Prop 37′s Assistant Media Director Zack Kaldveer points out, $32.5 million may buy a lot of things, but it can’t buy facts.

In the coming weeks leading up to the election, we will look at Prop 37 from various angles. We’ll examine the health and environmental impacts of GE crops, the issue of corporate control of our food system and the issue of consumer choice. And as the election nears, we will be examining the opposition’s campaign strategies and breaking down their arguments against GE labeling. Stay tuned and have a blessed day!


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