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November 6, 2012

RIGHT TO KNOW! LABEL GMO’s

Posted by Anais Dervaes

Over the last decade, the GMO contamination of our food has been one of the driving forces for our family to grow as much food as we can on a city lot.  This November, Californians will vote on an important issue which just might determine the  "future of food."

Last week a public service music video for Yes on Prop 37 was filmed on location here at the homestead (song by Mia Doi Todd / Directed, shot, and edited by TallTree )

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Please note: As a blog, an organization and a family, we usually try to avoid infusing our work with politics. But right now, organic is under attack in this country. Our only hope for getting genetically modified (GMO) foods labeled is happening RIGHT NOW in California.

We believe that the "Right to Know" should be  a NON PARTISAN issue.  Unfortunately our current president appointed a Monsanto Man to the FDA

This site and our family does NOT endorse any political candidate.  We did not write this song or produce the video; however, we, as do many others, believe that Monsanto shouldn't  "mess with our food."

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"Proposition 37: In some circles, GMO stands for 'God Moves Over'"

"The responsibility of humankind to God's creation challenges us to examine the possibilities of genetic research and technology in a conscientious, careful and responsible way. Negative impacts on food and the environment must be strenuously avoided," reads the church's position on genetic technology. "Because of the effects of genetic technologies on all life, we call for effective guidelines and public accountability to safeguard against any action that might lead to abuse of these technologies. The risks of genetic technology that can hardly be calculated when breeding animals and plants and the negative ecological and social impact on agriculture make the use of this technology doubtful. We approve of modern methods of breeding that respect the existence of the natural borders of species."

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:: Resources ::

California Right to Know

Organic Consumers Association


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18 Comments: "RIGHT TO KNOW! LABEL GMO’s" »

  1. As I understand it, The Bush Family, The Clintons, Bill Gates and the Chinese Government (via an article published in the LA Times) ALL eat and demand organically grown food and grass fed beef, etc. What do they know that "we by the people and for the people under the Constitution and Bill of Rights" do not? If there is "no substantially difference in nutrition or quality of food between GMO and organic, sustainably-farmed food, then why not label it as personal choice and consumer preference? Why shouldn't we be able to "vote with our dollars" on a day-to-day basis for our lifestyle philosophy whatever that may be? I do not understand why Monsanto and others would spend over $1 million per day in advertising against labeling GMO's in the over 70% of products on US grocery store shelves and in our shopping carts.

    PS ... What is the bottom line on Glyphosate (Round-up Ready to Spray, Genetically Modified Crops, the hazardous patented surfactants that could be even more hazardous than the Glyphosate itself), etc.? Can it be washed off the produce we eat or does it become inherent in the DNA of the plant? So many unanswered questions. Again, it would seem this is the classic case where we should practice "The Precautionary Principle". The only answer I can conclude is that it is "profits over people". My two cents...

    • PSS ... It is also fascinating to me that the Rockerfeller Family that owns the Stone Barns Farm in NY is an organic farm growing in a closed loop, covered (greenhouse) environment utilizing nutrient-dense farming practices. Yet, here the rest of us in the USA were told by Tom Vilsack and the USDA that "GMO practices and organic farming practices need to co-exist". Seems like an oxymoron to me! Just sayin' and venting ...

    • The defeat of Prop 37 should force people to become self sufficient raising food for theirselves and their neighbors. I remember when people would boycott to make changes. It worked.

      • Now is the time to stand for what we believe. Mother Nature has given eitryehvng we need to sustain life on Earth. Scientists in laboratories only study several facets of what they want to accomplish. As a naturalfarmer, I can attest to the difficulties with weeds and insects. But working with Nature is the only way that works for me, spiritually and financially. If you can, find a copy of the DVD, A Sense of Wonder , about the life of Rachael Carson, and share it with those you know It is a tool for teaching, inspiring and moving everyone. We cannot hope to convert Monsanto, but we can use the power of our numbers to bring the legal actions necessary and block the use of gm seeds, glysophates, neonicotinoids, etc. Only Mother Nature can reverse the damage done.

    • Hi Just looking through the Coments, and r noticed this statement By Chris,
      " I do not understand why Monsanto and others would spend over $1 million per day in advertising against labeling GMO's in the over 70% of products on US grocery store shelves and in our shopping carts."

      No wonder! monsanto and the others are gaining ground, I'm glad I can still grow my own

    • The GMO Round-up Ready crops have been bathed in Round-up so many times that it is inside the crops that we eat and can not be washed out per the scientists who have performed tests on the Round-up content of the edible parts of the crops themselves. Also all Canadians and Americans tested were found to have Round-up in our blood.

    • Years ago I learned of a "world seed vault" way up in the remote artic regions of europe. It is as secure as any nuclear missle silo. And I wondered why they would build that and why there? Now I know. They knew that they were creating GMO seeds and what they would mean. Newly exposed records date back to the 1970s and 80s that show the dangers of the early versions of these types of seeds. They knew what the were about to unleash. And they wanted to be sure that their food supply could be guaranteed safe and clean. Many wealthy have their own remote organic farms. Monsanto has organic cafeterias. Why don't they eat the foods they produce?
      Every state needs to start a similar campaign to get all GMO foods labeled intheir state. The feds won't help so we all need to do this, each state.

  2. What a fun video!

    When it comes to voting for propositions, it's a difficult task because there seems to be so much misinformation out there. Some summaries talked about the principals of this law being good but that the burden of paperwork and process would fall on the individual retailers shoulders, rather than the food producers themselves. So the conclusion was it is the right idea but the wrong law. However, I have family that works at Whole Foods Market and Whole Foods Corporation is all for Prop 37. It can be confusing which information to believe. In the end, I think Prop 37 is a great step in the right direction.

    • I have to respectfully disagree with you on a few levels here. I am a long-term consumer at Whole Foods before they were WF ... when it was a Bread & Circus. I have seen things "morph" via the more corporate and "smoke and mirrors" green-washing which hasn't made me happy in the least. You want to talk paperwork? Talk to any local organic farmer. What they have to go through to be certified is monumental as an individual family organic farmer versus a multi-million dollar or more mega-store. So sorry ... no props to you there. Additionally, it was very disconcerting to me as a sometime consumer that WF did not contribute one penny as Trader Joe's also did not to the passage of Prop 37. WF and TJ made a HUGE mistake as did ALL of the corporations like Horizon Valley, Muir Glenn, Wal-Mart, etc. that sided WITH Monsanto and Agribusiness to DEFEAT Prop 37 at the misleading advertising MA Corporate Owned Media tune of $1 million dollars per day. As if that weren't bad enough, ALL of the votes in ALL of the counties had not even been counted YET before it said that Prop 37 was defeated. This isn't over yet by a long shot. I, personally, have taken heed over what Corporations contributed to defeating Prop 37 and will no longer buy their products. I personally choose to continue to Vote with My dollar.

      • While the news outlets claim that prop 37 was defeated, individual counties that were contacted admitted that they each still have thousands of uncounted ballots. The total amount runs up to several millions of uncounted ballots still sitting in county offices. All Californians should be contacting their county offices and DEMANDING that their votes be counted and the reported results be adjusted accordingly!

        • C ~~ Thank you for this update. As I understand it, Prop 37 was declared defeated by some 500,000 plus votes (under 600,000). You are correct that citizens and all Americans should demand that ALL the votes be counted to represent the will of the people, not the wishes of Agribusiness and the corporate owned media and their GMO paying advertisers.

  3. Thanks Anais for publishing this article....I'm a little behind when it comes to news, but my husband came home to tell me of the outcome. I will stand up for my convictions, whether they be religious of nature or political-I'm not ashamed. I strive to be authentic, instead of looking and acting like the rest of the sheep out there...With that being said, according to my understanding of what God's Word says a lot of what we are doing, scientifically speaking, and agriculturally is completely forbidden by God, yet we as a country choose to allow this crap to continue. When God made creation He said it was good. It's pretty darn hard to avoid gmo's even at the local farmstand here in lancaster county. But thank you for being the alternative voice. It was years ago when you all inspired me to rethink the good piece of earth that has been bestowed to our family(.12 acre). Despite the outcome, there is always another way...a better way. And situations like this force even more creativity on our part.

    Blessings!

  4. OPPONENTS
    Search by Name:
    NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR  EMPLOYER  OCCUPATION  AMOUNT 
    MONSANTO COMPANY $7,100,500.00
    E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO. $4,900,000.00
    PEPSICO, INC. $2,145,400.00
    BASF PLANT SCIENCE $2,000,000.00
    BAYER CROPSCIENCE $2,000,000.00
    DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC $2,000,000.00
    SYNGENTA CORPORATION $2,000,000.00
    KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL, INC. $1,646,000.00
    COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA $1,455,500.00
    NESTLE USA, INC. $1,315,600.00
    CONAGRA FOODS $1,176,700.00
    GENERAL MILLS, INC. $1,135,300.00
    KELLOGG COMPANY $790,700.00
    SMITHFIELD FOODS, INC. $683,900.00
    DEL MONTE FOODS COMPANY $674,100.00
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    NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR  EMPLOYER  OCCUPATION  AMOUNT 

    • Thanks for the list. I will write those whose products I normally purchase and inform them that I, like they, can vote with my money. And my vote will now be to avoid all products produced by their companies. As long as they can bully us with their money, they will. If enough people let them know why they will stop buying their products then they will see the decline in their bottem line for exactly what it is: our vote against their use of GMO in our foods and their mega contributions to defeat labeling.

  5. According to organicconsumers.org regarding food mergers...
    The following are owned by Hain Celestial Food Group:Hain Pure Foods, Westbrae Natural, Westsoy, Breadshop's, Casbah, Garden of Eatin', Terra Chips, Yves Veggie Cuisine, DeBoles, Earth's Best, Nile Spice, Jason Cosmetics.
    H. J. Heinz Co. owns 20% of Hain Celestial Food Group.
    Odwalla and Fresh Samantha juice are owned by Coca-Cola.
    Kraft owns Boca. Phillip Morris owns Kraft.
    Natural Touch is now Morning Star Farms Natural Touch, and Morning Star Farms is owned by Kellogg. These products say "made with organic soy" but do not say 100% organic..
    White Wave and Horizon Organic are owned by Dean Foods.
    Arrowhead water and Poland Spring water are owned by Nestle.
    Seeds of change is owned by M&M Mars.
    Lightlife is owned by ConAgra, a megagiant, if not the largest food company in the U.S.
    Knudsen, After the Fall, and Santa Cruz Organics are owned by Smuckers.
    Cascadian Farms and Muir Glen are owned by Small Planet Foods, which is owned by General Mills.

    • Hershey: $395,100

      J.M. Smucker: $388,000 Sells two types of certified-organic peanut butter

      Hormel Foods: $374,300

      Ocean Spray: $301,553.21

      Dean Foods: $253,950 Even though it didn't spend as much as other companies to defeat the bill, Dean Foods owns the nation's two largest certified-organic dairy operations, Horizon Organic and Alta Dena.

      Cargill: $202,229.36
      A number of other big food companies have made smaller donations, including Del Monte, Sara Lee, Sunny Delight, Land O' Lakes, and McCormick spices.

  6. I want to thank everyone who has replied and contributed the above information. I have long been concerned with GMO products and seeds. Sometimes changing something is an uphill battle. The general public is unaware of GMO's and what is in our food supply. The general public must become more aware.

    I am a long time Methodist and I didn't know that our church has taken a stand against GMO food. I was so glad when I read the article.

    This battle to label our food supply must continue to be fought.

    Ani

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