Newspapers That Stood Tall in the Face of Pesticide Industry War of Lies
Sadly, many newspapers fell hook, line and sinker for the tired talking points peddled by Monsanto and the pesticide companies that don’t want us to know what’s in our food. As Michele Simon reported today, many papers spread the false claims of the opposition campaign in their editorials without looking into the facts.
Perhaps these media outlets would have taken a different stance had they known just how far the opponents of Prop 37 are willing to go with their “say anything, do anything” strategy to confuse voters.
We’re confident voters will see through it, just as these brave newspapers did. Thanks to these Editorial Boards for standing up for our right to know what's in our food:
“Big companies are working very hard to limit your knowledge about what goes into your food. Proposition 37 is a chance for Californians to send them the message that clear, truthful labeling is a must.”
"Prop. 37 is consistent with this tradition of holding our food producers to the highest standards of quality and disclosure, and of giving purchasers of food as much information as reasonably possible about the products they are considering. We urge a "Yes" vote on Prop. 37."
“Consumers have a right to know what they are buying and consuming. There should be labeling, enabling consumers who are worried about GMOs to buy those products without them and steer clear of others.”
"We disagree with opponents who claim that the proposed law is too burdensome, and we think that consumers deserve to know what's in the food they buy and eat — particularly in light of scientific studies that are increasingly raising health and environmental concerns about GMOs."
“It’s simple, really: A company should not be allowed to label a food product “natural” if it contains genetically modified organisms. This is why Californians should lead the way—again—and vote yes on Proposition 37…”
“…legitimate public concerns over the environmental and health impacts of genetically engineered products have grown… it’s a sensible, low cost proposition aimed at creating more transparency and truth in food product labeling…We recommend a yes vote on Proposition 37.”
"This would require supermarkets and grocery stores to make sure that genetically engineered produce is labeled as such so that consumers know what they’re buying…it seems reasonable that consumers should be able to know whether or not they are buying a tomato with engineered genes."
“Prop. 37 doesn't seek regulations or limits in any way. It just mandates that GMO food be labeled — the way it is in at least 50 countries worldwide, including all of the European Union, China, Japan and Russia. Hardly a radical proposition…consumers deserve a choice — and labeling would force the industry to support further studies on consumer safety. Vote yes.”
“Companies such as Monsanto, General Mills, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company and others shouldn’t hide ingredients from consumers…”
"The passage of Proposition 37 is necessary and crucial in protecting the health of California citizens...Proposition 37 is an essential precautionary measure; after all, it is better to be safe, than sorry."
"Passing Proposition 37 in California could change consumer benefits in the food industry that may eventually influence the rest of the country...."
These newspapers stand with the largest health, faith, consumer and labor groups in saying Yes on 37, including Consumers Union, United Farm and Commercial Workers, American Public Health Association, California Nurses Association, California Council of Churches, California Labor Federation, United Farm Workers, Sierra Club, Whole Foods Market, Organic Consumers Association, Center for Food Safety, Consumer Federation of America, Public Citizen and more than 2500 Prop 37 endorsers.
Help us set the record straight about Prop 37 -- read the facts here, and tell your friends!
I feel that communities should publicly own and publish their own local newspapers—the revenues going to the community and not to spineless, journalistically impotent corporate media empires.
Lead the way, California!