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Jack Johnson on GMOs, our right to know, and Yes on 37!

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jack-johnson-320.jpgWe love to hear from fabulously talented musicians such as Jack Johnson. Thanks to Leah Zerbe and Emily Main of Rodale for posting this terrific Q&A with Jack Johnson that includes this plug for the Yes on 37 campaign, and for our right to know about genetically engineered foods. Here's part of the interview: Do you support the Prop 37 Right to Know GMO labeling initiative in California?

Jack Johnson: I definitely think people have the right to know what's in their food. I just shot a public service announcement for the Just Label It campaign, and I'm definitely behind Prop 37 and the idea that we are what we eat, so we should know what we're eating. We all have the right to know what's in our food. When you look at the fact that the European Union has completely banned GMOs, I think we have the right to at least know if we're eating GMOs.

Right on, Jack! And to all you supporters out there, here are 3 things you can do today to help pass Prop 37 and make sure we have a right to know what's in our food and to decide for ourselves what we eat and feed our faimilies: Join the Yes on 37 campaign, donate to help us win the food fight our our lives, and tell all your friends in California to Vote Yes on 37!

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Rep. Kuicinich: Why don't we have labeling? Corruption and influence of Monsanto

Following is a one-minute speech by US Rep. Dennis Kucinich on the floor of the US House of Representatives on September 19, 2012. Thanks Rep. Kucinich for standing up for our right to know what's in our food!

dennis_kucinich2.jpg"Mr. Speaker, in 1992, the Food and Drug Administration decided that genetically modified organisms were the functional equivalent of conventional foods.

They arrived at this decision without testing GMOs for allergenicity, toxicity, antibiotic resistance, and functional characteristics. As a result, hundreds of millions of acres of GMO crops were planted in America without the knowledge or consent of the American people, no safety testing, no long-term health studies.

The FDA has received over a million comments from citizens demanding labeling of GMOs. Ninety percent of Americans agree.

Why no labeling? I'll give you one reason: the influence and the corruption of the political process by Monsanto. Monsanto has been a prime mover in GMO technology, a multimillion dollar GMO lobby here and a major political contributor.  There is a chance that Monsanto's grip will be broken in California, where a GMO labeling initiative is on the ballot. Here in Congress my legislation, H.R. 3553, will provide for a national labeling bill.

Americans have a right to know if their food is genetically engineered. It's time for labeling. It's time for people to know how their food is being produced."

HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN here in California!

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Awesome Yes on 37 Chalk Art in Oakland

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Spotted: awesome chalk art project at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland. Who's handiwork is this? Whoever you are, you rock! We don't know quite what's going on with that tomato in the second photo, but then isn't that the whole point about GMOs?



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Massive Tumors in Rats Fed Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Corn in First Long Term Study

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By Gary Ruskin -- headline.jpgThe results are in from the first-ever peer-reviewed long-term health study of the most common type of genetically engineered corn – and they are worrying. For two years, researchers fed rats a diet of genetically engineered corn that is common in the US food supply, and found massive mammary tumors, kidney and liver damage, and premature death. The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology.

Read the "Summary of Findings" from the researchers here.

This research adds to the growing body of peer-reviewed research that links genetically engineered foods to allergies, organ toxicity and other illnesses.

These findings underscore the importance of giving California families the right to know whether our food has been genetically engineered in a laboratory.

Proposition 37 – which would label genetically engineered foods in California – is the answer for everyone who wants the right to know what’s in their food.  And it is the best recourse available for those of us who do not wish to be subjects in a giant science experiment conducted by Monsanto and the other pesticide giants that are bankrolling the No on 37 campaign. (Recent contributions have topped $32 million, more than half from Monsanto and the big pesticide companies.)

This is the food fight of our lives. Prop 37 is our best chance to bring fairness and transparency to our food system. Join the Yes on 37 California Right to Know campaign.

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Alice Waters and Slow Food Stars: Yes on Prop 37!

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We love this photo of Alice Waters and Carlo Petrini at last weekend's Slow Food fundraiser. As Inside Scoop reported, "With all the Yes on 37 buttons and bumper stickers being handed out, moving testimonials from working farmers and producers delivered to applause, and standing ovations — complete with fist pumping in the air — Slow Food’s fundraising picnic almost felt like a political rally." Read more in Inside Scoop.


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Moms Rise Up! Why I Protested GMO Sweet Corn at Walmart in Sacramento

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By Susan Lang

susan.jpgI confess I am a bit of a reluctant activist. As a stay-at-home mother of two young boys, I never saw myself planning rallies at the local Walmart. But I also never intended to feed my kids food grown from seeds that were genetically engineered in a lab to either contain insecticide, or to survive and absorb toxic herbicides.

Like all parents, I want the best for my kids. That's why I have educated myself, and learned firsthand the effects of a healthy diet on my family. Through research, I've come to the conclusion that GMOs don't fit into my idea of a healthy diet. The concerns raised by independent animals studies and the lack of long-term testing for these brand-new foods convinced me that GMOs don't have a place on my dinner table. 

I've tried to avoid GMOs, but it's not easy! I can't always afford organic, and sometimes you just don't know if a food has genetically engineered ingredients, so you guess or make assumptions that may or may not be correct. And then there are the birthday parties, the school functions, the family dinners, holidays and soccer games -- all the times I am not the one feeding my children.

It became clear to me: it’s not enough for just me to be educated about GMOs -- everyone I know, everyone who has children, everyone who eats has a right to know about genetically engineered food. Everyone should have the right to decide if they want to buy GMOs or say, "No thanks."

But the more people I talk to, the more it becomes clear that many people do not know about genetically engineered food at all, or are operating under misconceptions such as, "They label those, don't they?" Or, "All foods are genetically modified, right?" Each time I hear a comment like this, I am more sure than ever that Californians need to know this truth: Everyday they are feeding their children unlabeled genetically engineered food grown from patented seeds that could only be created in a lab.

What better place to bring this issue to voters and shoppers than Walmart? Walmart has just started selling unlabeled Bt sweet corn created in a lab by Monsanto. That means Walmart's corn on the cob has been engineered so that it has insecticide inside of it – not just on it, in it.

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