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DDT, Agent Orange, Tobacco, GMOs and YOU

smoke.pngWhy do we need to label genetically engineered foods? As Mark Bittman wrote in today's New York Times, because we have a right to know and to decide for ourselves what's in the food we're eating and feeding our families. Who could be against this core American value? That one's easy: the companies that are genetically engineering our food system without our knowledge or consent -- which happen to be the same companies that told us DDT and Agent Orange were safe. With a little help from their tobacco friends.

This is the important story behind Proposition 37's first television ad: The Same Companies that Told Us DDT and Agent Orange were Safe.  The 30-second ad presents the history of notoriously inaccurate health claims by the very same corporations that are funding the No on 37 campaign and opposing our right to know what's in our food.

Read on for the facts about who is behind the No on 37 campaign...

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Natural Products Association Sides with DuPont, Monsanto

Proposition 37 prohibits companies from labeling a product as “natural” if that product is, well, unnatural.  Food that is genetically engineered in a lab is hardly natural, of course.

So, it was not surprising to learn that the Natural Products Association (NPA) and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) oppose our right to know.   Indeed, each of the inaptly named trade associations are composed of member companies that sell products routinely marketed as “natural” or “all natural,” even though they are produced using genetic engineering. Unlike organic standards, NPA standards do not preclude the use of GMOs.

One prominent member of NPA is DuPont, the same company that told us DDT is safe. DuPont has already contributed nearly $5 million to the No on 37 campaign.

NPA's position is in direct contrast with its mission since 1936 to protect and advance the healthiest quality products for health conscious, natural products consumers who want to know what is in their food and supplements.

NPA falsely claims that “Proposition 37 places every supplier, manufacturer, and retailer of food products at risk of unreasonable and frivolous litigation.” They also claim that Prop 37 “includes bounty hunter enforcement provisions".  It does not.

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Sweet Corn Uprisings

Right to Know supporters gathered at 40 Walmart stores across the state over the weekend to show support for Prop 37 and urge the mega store to label its genetically-engineered sweet corn.

In Oakland, nearly 50 energized activists held signs, carried stalks of corn and chanted for the right to know. In Sacramento, there were 70 people, including  several moms and children.

During the protests, organized by Yes on 37, supporters chatted with Walmart customers about the campaign – and got an overwhelmingly positive response. In Oakland, protesters even signed up a new volunteer and got a donation.

After gathering outside,  labeling proponents marched one by one into the stores, asked for the General Manager, and handed him a letter urging Walmart to label Monsanto’s gentically-modified corn and support Prop 37.

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A Big Shout out to CREDO!

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Thanks CREDO for your support of the Right to Know campaign!

Here at Yes on 37, we have a ton of new volunteers because of you. It's going to take this kind of grassroots energy to beat the corporate giants. We appreciate your support. 

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

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Environmental Consequences are Mounting

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Add super worms to the list of environmental problems resulting from agribusiness giant Monsanto's genetically modified laboratory creations. 

The EPA recently announced there is "mounting evidence" that the Monsanto corn genetically modified to control insects is losing its effectiveness.  Western corn rootworms, one of the most destructive pests, have joined other super insects and superweeds that now have a tolerance to the technology that was supposed to keep them away. 

Monsanto's corn and soybean seeds engineered with Bt toxin, a pesticide that breaks open the stomach of certain insects, were engineered to kill the worms. But that is no longer working. Super worms are invading American farms and super weeds have now reportedly spread to more than 20 million acres.

In an effort to fight these super problems, farmers are using more toxic pesticides and herbicides on our food. A chief science consultant at the Organic Center said farmers applied 318 million more pounds of pesticides over the first 13 years of commercial GE crop production (1996-2008), as a direct result of planting genetically engineered seeds. 

What other dangerous consequences can we expect as a result of Monsanto's actions?

Vote Yes on 37 for our right to know what's in our food!

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Chefs for Our Right to Know -- Nathan Lyon

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Celebrity chef, seasonal cookbook author and sustainable seafood ambassador Nathan Lyon tells us why he supports Prop. 37.

"As a classically trained chef with a health science degree and having worked withfarmers at farmers markets in California for over a decade, my goal is to empower people to understand where their food comes from and to educate people how to prepare it in the most respectful and delicious manner.

Food labeling is not a new concept. The more information we as consumers have, the more we are able to make educated decisions. 

(For example, deciding how many calories, how much sodium or which ingredients we want to consume.)

As Americans, we have the right to know what’s in our food and where it comes from. Since we are responsible for our own personal health, the health of our families and our local community, it’s time to take action and reclaim our food. Knowledge is always in season!

Please join me in voting yes on proposition 37 to require labels on genetically engineered foods."  

-Chef Nathan Lyon

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