Posts Tagged ‘California Prop 37’

Why California Prop 37 Matters To Us All – Even Here In Idaho

There is growing sentiment in favor of reforming American agriculture and interest in questions about where our food comes from and how it is produced. But sentiment is not the same thing as a political movement, which is capable of influencing politicians and moving concerns onto the national agenda.
 
California’s Proposition 37, which would require that genetically modified foods carry a label, has the potential to change the politics of food not just in California but nationally. What is at stake with Prop 37 is not just the fate of genetically modified crops but the politically-recognized public’s confidence in the industrial food industry.
 
Monsanto and its allies have fought the labeling of genetically modified food vigorously since 1992, when the industry managed to persuade the Food and Drug Administration — over the objection of its own scientists — that the new crops were “substantially equivalent” to the old and so did not need to be labeled or regulated. This represented a breathtaking exercise of political power (the FDA policy was co-written by a lawyer whose former firm worked for Monsanto).
 
Until now, the whole food movement has grown via changing sentiments. Big Food’s grip on Washington has not been challenged. But, next month in California, a few million people will vote on a food issue. Prop 37 has ignited precisely the kind of debate — about the risks and benefits of genetically modified food; about transparency and the consumer’s right to know — that Monsanto and its allies have managed to stifle in Washington for nearly two decades. If Prop 37 passes, and polls suggest its chances are good, then that debate will most likely go national and a new nationwide, political dynamic will be set in motion.

Corporations Sell Organic Yet Fight Consumers’ Right to GMO Labeling

Corporations owning some of the nation’s most popular organic brands (Horizon, Silk, Kashi, Cascadian Farms, R.W. Knudsen’s, etc.) have joined Monsanto and the biotechnology industry in fighting California citizen initiative, Proposition 37, that will mandate GMO labeling.
 
Why should we in Idaho and elsewhere care about Prop 37? Democratic and Republican administrations, and Congress, have repeatedly ignored the overwhelming majority of Americans who favor labeling genetically engineered food in the marketplace. Our politicians seem to be listening to corporate executives instead of the citizenry. But in California, the people have a right to craft laws of their choosing. Proposition 37, on the ballot in California on November 6, would mandate labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. If prop 37 passes in California, companies will then likely be forced to label GMOs nationwide.


 
Picture of Propr 37 poster
Download a poster (4.2MB, PDF) listing both both the corporate charlatans who are selling organic while fighting Prop 37 and the organic companies who have donated money in support of Prop 37.

Just Label It: Genetically Engineered Foods

92% of Americans want the FDA to label genetically engineered foods. More than 40 nations require genetically engineered foods to be labeled; the U.S. is one of the few that does not.

Watch the new video from Food, Inc. Filmmaker Robert Kenner to hear why we have the right to know what’s in our food. Then join the 1.2 million Americans who have asked the FDA to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, also referred to as GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Learn more at justlabelit.org

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Syngenta Seeks Approval for New Insecticidal GMO Bt Corn; Deadline to Comment Looms

Many countries have banned genetically modified (GMO) “Bt” crops, which are engineered to produce their own insecticides by expressing toxins from the soil-dwelling bacteria bacillus thuringiensis or Bt, because of documented harm to people, animals and beneficial insects. However, in the US, there are 16 different GMO Bt varieties of corn already approved for food and feed. Now, Syngenta, a large, global, Switzerland-based chemicals company which notably markets seeds and pesticides, is asking the US Department of Agriculture to approve another.
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