Stacy Malkan

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!









California Right to Know Calls for Criminal Investigation of No on 37 For Possible Fraud for Misuse of FDA Seal and Fabricated FDA Quote

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Contact: Gary Ruskin, 425-944-7350, gary@carighttoknow.org

Washington DC -- Today, the California Right to Know Yes on 37 campaign sent letters to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting a criminal investigation of the No on 37 campaign for possible fraudulent misuse of the official seal of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

“The Justice Department should investigate this fraudulent dirty trick perpetrated by the No on 37 campaign,” said Gary Ruskin, campaign manager of California Right to Know Yes on 37.  “They are running a campaign of lies, deceit and trickery, and some of it may be criminal.”



Orange Jumpsuits for the No on 37 Campaign?

jumpsuit.jpgIt's no joke what the opposition is up to. We don't mind a fair fight, or even a Dave vs Goliath fight, but the dark forces against our right to know will do anything to try to stop us from winning a simple label -- even risking crossing the line of the law.

It's just not right. That's why we reported their latest dirty trick to the US Department of Justice. The pesticide-industry campaign has already been caught misrepresenting Stanford University (three times), misleading voters in the state voter guide (says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), and bombarding the airwaves with misleading ads (according to newspaper fact checkers).

But their latest trick is more serious than all of that...






'DDT Doctor Caught Misrepresenting Stanford AGAIN

For Immediate Release: October 16, 2012

Palo Alto:  Stanford University is investigating the continued misuse of the university’s name to push a political agenda to oppose Proposition 37. Today, new evidence was presented to Stanford documenting how the No on 37 campaign has repeatedly misrepresented the affiliation of their lead spokesperson, Dr. Henry Miller, in campaign ads, in violation of Stanford University policy.




3 Reasons to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

The whole world is watching what's happening in California! JOIN US TODAY.

million.more0723.pngProp 37 is a simple label for genetically engineered foods. Also called GMOs, these are plants or animals that have had their DNA artificially altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria, in ways that can’t occur in nature. Here are 3 reasons why we need to label genetically engineered foods.

1. We have a right to know what we're eating and feeding our families. The right to know and the right to choose are fundamental American values; and 90% of Americans want to know if their food is genetically engineered. More than 50 other countries already require labels on genetially engineered food. California consumers have a right to this information too. If you think we have a right to know what's in our food, vote yes on Prop 37.   


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

Now more than ever it's important to join this historic right to know campaign!

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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