It's refreshing to take a break from exposing the deception of our opponents' TV and radio ads to read a thoughtful analysis of Prop 37. Best-selling author and journalist Michael Pollan provides this respite in his excellent New York Times Magazine piece.
"The [food] industry is happy to boast about genetically engineered crops in the elite precincts of the op-ed and business pages — as a technology needed to feed the world, combat climate change, solve Africa’s problems, etc. — but still would rather not mention it to the consumers who actually eat the stuff," Pollan writes.
"Presumably that silence owes to the fact that, to date, genetically modified foods don’t offer the eater any benefits whatsoever — only a potential, as yet undetermined risk. So how irrational would it be, really, to avoid them? Surely this explains why Monsanto and its allies have fought the labeling of genetically modified food so vigorously since 1992."
The Organic Consumers Association is hosting a National Day of Action for GMO labeling in Oakland on October 11. We'll gather in Frank Ogawa Plaza and then deliver a petition with more than 200,000 signatures that calls on President Obama to honor his 2007 campaign promise to require the FDA to label genetically engineered food.
The petition, which is set to be delivered to the White House shortly after the rally, is addressed to First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been a champion of better nutrition in school lunches and fighting of childhood obesity.
¡Ya salió la primera edición del programa Por Nuestro Derecho a Saber! Los Angelinos pueden sintonizar el show en el W690 AM de 9 a 10 de la mañana cada viernes de aquí a las elecciones; además, usted puede escuchar en línea.
Check out the first installment of the Por Nuestro Derecho a Saber (For our Right to Know) radio hour--¡en español! This Friday and every week until the election, Angelenos can tune in to W690 AM from 9 to 10 AM, and you can listen online.
Our friends at Food and Water Watch have sponsored an entertaining and powerful new Yes on 37 video, featuring Danny DeVito, Bill Maher, Dave Matthews, Jillian Michaels, Kristen Bauer van Straten, Emily Deschanel, Kaitlin Olson, Glenn Howerton, John Cho, and KaDee Strickland poking fun at the ludicrous arguments against our right to know what's in our food.
We're excited to have them join millions of Californians in demanding the right to know what's in our food, even if our "puny little heads would explode."
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In a blistering admission of their own lack of credibility, the opponents of California’s GMO labeling measure yanked down and re-shot their first television ad after they were caught misrepresenting Stanford University in the ad, according to the Los Angeles Times. The ad identified Henry Miller as a doctor at Stanford University, without disclosing that Miller actually serves as a researcher at the Hoover Institute, a right-wing think tank at Stanford.
The ad violated Stanford's policy that prohibits consultants from using the university's name for political purposes. Stanford officials also insisted that the ad be reshot to remove the vaulted university buildings in the background, according to the LA Times. Millions of California voters had already seen the ad, which has been running hourly in major television markets across the state.
“The scandal over the Henry Miller ad is proof positive of the lack of credibility and lack of integrity of the No on 37 campaign, which is at this very moment unleashing a $35 million ad campaign of lies on the voters of California,” said Stacy Malkan, spokesperson for the Yes on 37 California Right to Know campaign.
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