Thursday, September 27, 2012

Why 'YES' to Proposition 37 is important to all of us

There is something very important coming to a vote this November election, and it isn't which of the two clueless pawns currently in the running will become the next president of the United States.  It's called Proposition 37 'The right to know' and voting yes to this will give consumers the right to know what's in their food, primarily whether or not it contains GM (genetically modified) or GE (genetically engineered) ingredients.

Although this is up for vote in California and not nationwide, a win in the largest state for producing and selling organic products would surely set the tone for the rest of the country.  And even if you're not a California resident you can still donate to the cause.  

It's amazing to me (but not surprising) the amount of money the opposition is spending to blind the consumer.  This isn't a vote as to whether or not GE foods should exist (and they should NOT) but instead it's a vote to ensure proper labeling so we the consumer can have the choice to buy or not to buy.

The top five contributors to the opposition are Monsanto (the industry leader in genetic engineering as well as the maker of the pesticide/herbicide RoundUp), Dupont and DOW (Chemical companies with their dirty hands covered in Agriscience), Bayer (a pharmaceutical company), and BASF (a chemical company), all of which lead the pack with a mind boggling amounts of money being spent in this campaign to blind and poison the consumer. 

E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co.
DOW Agrisciences
Bayer Cropscience
BASF Plant Science
Pepsico, Inc.
Nestle USA
Coca-Cola North America
Conagra Foods
General Mills
Syngenta Corporation
Del Monte Foods
Kellogg Company
Hershey Company
The J.M. Smucker Company
Council for Biotechnology Information
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Hormel Foods
Bumble Bee Foods
Ocean Spray Cranberries
Sara Lee
Bimbo Bakeries
Pioneer Hi-Bred International
Pinnacle Foods
Dean Foods Company
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Campbell's Soup
McCormick & Company
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
Rich Products Corporation
Cargill, Inc.
Dole Packaged Foods
Knouse Foods Cooperative
Mars Food North America

They are pushing hard with adds trying to convince the consumer that GE foods are no different if not better than their non-GMO counterparts.  But if this were true then why not spend the money educating the public and then trusting that they will make the right choice at the check-out. . .  The reason is the "right choice" is NON-GMO!  And they know it!

When more than 40 other nations around the globe either require labeling of or ban the sale of GE and GM foods, the question you should ask yourself is why in the "land of the free" don't WE have the right to choose?

Unfortunately the opposition doesn't make it easy for the average ill-informed consumer especially when, those at the top of the list who currently control our food industry (a product of factory farming), have such deep pockets and political influence making it easy to sway our government, our medical community, the media, and ultimately our nation in their direction.

Do the research, educate yourself, and make the right HEALTHY choice.  Say 'YES' because you do have the right to know!

I still believe the best way to win the fight against our current food industry (factory farming, industrial pharming, Agriscience, call it what you will) is to support your local organic farmer.  Buy only local sustainably farmed foods when possible; organic produce and pastured meats, dairy, and eggs.  Make sure all packaged goods are organic and specifically say NON-GMO on the label.

1 comment:

  1. WOW, follow the money, sure shows who has a vested interest in prop 37 not passing. This is absurd that consumers can't make informed decisions as to what they're feeding themselves and children. Interesting thing is many people will still buy the products even if GMO identified due to cost but at least the decision is theirs.


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