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Food Industry Leaders For The Win: Yes on 37!

Leading food manufacturers and retailers are speaking out to set the record straight about Proposition 37. These business leaders say Prop 37 is common sense and will give us the right to know what's in our food. Contrary to the claims of the opposition, they say Prop 37 will not raise costs or burden businesses. 

whole-foods-prop37-thumb.jpg"As a business person, I don't see any evidence of additional costs in our food system. I believe strongly that this will not add to our distribution costs."  - Michael Funk, Chair, UNFI

"Only in America can you consume GMOs without knowing it. In Europe, food costs have not gone up as a result (of GMO labeling)." 
- Andy Berliner, Co-founder and CEO, Amy's Kitchen

"We believe that all consumers have a right to know where their food comes from." 
- David Lannon, EVP, Operations, Whole Foods Market

“As a mom and a CEO of an organic food company, I have always believed fundamentally in the consumer's right to know what's in the food they eat. I believe that success in California and the passing of this law would create ripples of positive change throughout the United States.” - Nicole Dawes, CEO, Late July Organic Snacks

“As retailers with dozens of stores around the state, we object to the false information being spread about our industry by the No on 37 campaign, supported by the world's largest pesticide and GMO seed companies. Contrary to their claims, we are not at risk of abusive lawsuits or unfair and costly litigation if a manufactuer fails to label GE ingredients in its processed food and we will not face the burden of 'reams of paperwork.' This is a simple labeling requirement that food processing manufacturers can easily meet. We are ready and happy to abide by Prop 37 rules by attaching signage to raw foods sold in our stores, such as papaya, sweet corn, and squash if they are genetically engineered  since we firmly believe that consumers have a right to know." -- Scott Roseman, of New Leaf Community Markets; Jimbo Someck of Jimbo's; Mark Squire, of Good Earth Natural Foods; Bob Gerner of Natural Grocery Company; Ron Colone of New Frontiers Natural Marketplace.

"I'm not doing this for our bottom line, but for my kids and kids all over the world. Our consumers demand transparency and the right to know." - Jimbo Someck, CEO, Jimbo's...Naturally

"What we have in the U.S. is a food awakening, and it's largely prompted by the rates of diseases we are seeing in our country. Like eaters in other countries, we simply want to know what is in the foods we're feeding our families." - Robyn O'Brien, Founder, Allergy Kids

“As a mom and a CEO of an organic food company, I have always believed fundamentally in the consumer's right to know what's in the food they eat. I believe that success in California and the passing of this law would create ripples of positive change throughout the United States.” - Nicole Dawes, CEO, Late July Organic Snacks

"Once consumers know what is in their foods, they will demand GMO-free products."  - Arran Stephens, Cofounder/CEO, Nature's Path Foods

"Ballot materials prepared by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) state that Prop 37 could be interpreted to mean 'processed food' is subject to the prohibition against 'natural' labels, even if it is not produced with genetic engineering. In our view, this is not the correct interpretation of Prop 37. The findings, statement of purpose and language of Proposition 37 demonstrate that the labeling requirements are directed to food produced with genetic engineering, NOT to processed food in general.”  - Robert Uram, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Mullin LLP

"Requiring food manufacturers to label food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients and putting in place stricter regulations on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in our food is prudent, fair, and the right thing to do for American families."  - John Foraker, CEO, Annie's Inc.

“Our support of California Prop 37 and the national Just Label It campaign flows from our belief that arming consumers with information to make educated choices about what they feed themselves and their families is fundamental. Industrialized food corporations may prefer that we dwell in ignorance, but we believe knowledge and transparency is the best path forward. This is not a novel notion, as 40 plus countries already require labeling of genetically modified food. It’s time for us to take a stand in the United States and California Prop 37 is the front line of the battle for transparency, so that’s where we stand ready to fight for our right to know.” - Ryan Black, Founder and CEO, Sambazon.

READ THE FACTS about Prop 37, and VOTE YES Nov. 6!

Also see:
Amy's Kitchen CEO: Only in America can you consume GMOs without knowing it
New Hope 360: 6 Natural Leaders Speak Candidly about Prop 37
Food Safety News:
Natural Food Industry Leaders Stump for Prop 37
Sac Bee: Food Labeling Initiative Proposition 37 is Sliding in the Polls
Environmental Working Group: Top Natural Food Industry Leaders say Prop 37 Won't Raise Food Costs

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commented 2012-10-31 00:30:54 -0700 · Flag
why do they want to hide whats in our food ???
commented 2012-10-30 15:58:36 -0700 · Flag
Has Whole Foods donated $$$ to support Prop 37 ? last I heard…not.
commented 2012-10-30 00:59:54 -0700 · Flag
Thank you for posting the above quotes. We oppose deception and lying by omission.
commented 2012-10-29 21:58:27 -0700 · Flag
“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.”

Attributed to Nobel Prize winner (and Californian) Richard Feynman.