EDITOR: The California Democratic Party has just announced that it officially endorses Proposition 37, which would require labeling for most genetically modified foods sold in stores within the state.
Not everyone agrees that consumers have the right to know what’s in our food. If you do, now is the time to get involved. New contributions freshly posted on the Secretary of State website reveal an all-star cast of big corporations opposed to honest labeling of our food – and we need your help to ensure the real story gets out to voters this fall. Here are the key players opposing Proposition 37, the California Right to Know initiative to label genetically engineered foods.
Pesticide Peddlers: The “Big Six” chemical companies have given the largest donations to date to the opposition, totaling more than $1.1 million, as explained by Tom Philpott in Mother Jones.
Monsanto, BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont and Syngenta: These are the guys who make the pesticides, and also make or promote the seeds that are genetically engineered to withstand the pesticides, thereby allowing them to … sell more pesticides. You get the picture. GMOs are “the growth engines of the pesticide industry,” explains Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, Senior Scientist at Pesticide Action Network.
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You might want to think twice about food shopping at Walmart before the next family barbecue. The store has admitted it will start selling genetically engineered sweet corn – the first such sweet corn to be widely available as a whole food on American supermarket shelves.
The sweet corn has been genetically engineered to withstand large amounts of Roundup weed-killer and also to express a pesticide, Bt toxin, within the corn itself. Yum, a little butter and salt with that?
A Walmart rep told the Chicago Tribune that they see “no scientifically valid reason” not to sell the corn. They must have missed the fact that the US requires no health and safety studies of genetically engineered food.
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We have intel from a source that the Grocery Manufacturers Association – the lobby group representing the country’s biggest food corporations – are aiming all their firepower at the California Right to Know initiative to label genetically engineered foods.
“Defeating the initiative is GMA’s single highest priority this year,” said GMA President Pamela Bailey said in a speech to the American Soybean Association. Labeling, she said, is “a serious, long term threat to the viability of agricultural biotechnology.”
"Since humans first appeared on the planet, we have had an intimate relationship with the animals and plants that are our food. The Agricultural Revolution ten thousand years ago changed the course of human society away from nomadic hunting and gathering to settlements with an assured supply of food. Applying the observation that "like begets like," plants and animals were painstakingly bred over thousands of years. Biotechnology represents another revolutionary change that now transcends biological principles that have always governed heredity. Now humans have become impatient, driven by corporate and political agendas that demand accelerating nature's productivity."
"But we should have learned through experience with powerful technologies like nuclear energy, pesticides, CFCs, thalidomide, DES, that too often our ignorance prevents us from seeing the full implications of our inventions. As a geneticist, I am as amazed as anyone by the insights and manipulative abilities gained by scientists over the past decades. However, I am also aware of the enormity of our ignorance when we move DNA from one species to another. I am appalled that the demand for profit is the driving factor in the application of biotechnology and release of GMOs outside of controlled labs. For the consumer, the least that can be done is to provide the information that allows them to choose what to put into their bodies."