Or, why California’s Proposition 37 is important to the rest of the world
A landmark independent study by Canadian doctors published in the peer-reviewed journal Reproductive Toxicology this May found that toxins from soil bacterium that had been engineered into genetically modified (GM or GMO) Bt corn to kill pests was present in the bloodstream of 93 percent of pregnant women as well as in 80 percent of their fetal cord blood.
It was the first human clinical trial of genetically modified food; though humanity has been eating it for almost 16 years.
During the interim, manufacturers of GMOs refused to allow independent labs in the US to test their “patented seeds” to see if they posed a danger for consumption or whether or not they could cause cancer or trigger unknown or long-term health problems for adults; or harm fetuses, newborns, and children. . .unless researchers signed an agreement allowing the manufacturer to review and approve the results of the study.
European countries ran independent lab tests on animals fed GMOs anyway.
The results weren’t pretty
Rubber stamped by the FDA, GMO seed manufacturers and Big Agra began feeding Americans unlabeled GMO food during the 1990s. Groundwork for this scheme was laid during the 1970s and continues to date.
Politically appointed personnel connected to the biotech industry were quietly placed at the FDA, USDA, and other key positions in Washington by elected shills slathered with campaign donations from the biotech industry and Monsanto—the world’s largest GM seed manufacturer—to facilitate the introduction of GMO food into the world.
GMOs were subsequently declared “. . .essentially equivalent to natural food . . .” or words to that effect . . . and Monsanto was given the green light to release its genetically modified seed into national and world food markets.
GMOs and their derivatives quickly found their way into 80-85% of what America ate.
With no labeling.
Thus America became Monsanto’s fiat lab for genetically modified food; their long-term clinical study. That’s why GMO-seed manufacturers quietly dumped the lion’s share of their toxic seeds into North America, Latin America, and India ; selling it to farmers as an agricultural Valhalla; “a green revolution”; knowing full well possible dangers could develop from the consumption of this food; all the while keeping the public beneath its toadstool.
It’s also why GMOs haven’t been labeled! in the United States. Other nations, once they realized the potential dangers of GM food, put labels on the food and Monsanto’s markets dried up because grocers refused to carry it when consumers refused to buy it.
Why weren’t Americans told about GMO food?
Because genetically modified seed manufacturers like Monsanto want control of the world food market for profit. And the natural organic food market is the fastest growing grocery market in the US with a little over $30 billion in annual sales.
To capture or pre-empt this market, they have to either (1) drive farmers who’ve fed the world for centuries with natural farming methods and seed out of business, (2) buy them and their distributors out, or (3) contaminate their land and crops with genetically modified plants and force them from the market and out of business with lawsuits.
In their own words. Western farmers lay out the truth about Monsanto’s despicable tactics to driver farmers out of business who refuse to use their seeds.
In their own words, Eastern farmers layout the truth about Monsanto’s despicable tactics to drive poor farmers into bankruptcy and off their small plots of land.
Conscious people who’ve read about—or researched—accurate information about GMOs have rejected/are rejecting GMO food; which also can be found in infant formula. Mothers shopping at groceries want to know—have the right to know—what’s in the food they’re feeding their children and family.
EU and countries such as Russia, China, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, China, and New Zealand—some 40(+) so far—have either banned GMOs or required all food containing GMO products or derivatives – such as fructose, corn syrup, canola, soy—be labeled.
Three of the best sources for accurate information about GMOs are:
Institute of Responsible Technology
According to an MSNBC poll in February of 2011, 95 percent of Americans agree that labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients should be allowed.
Those polling numbers have a 90% consistency dating back to 2001.
The public wants the right to choose whether or not to buy and eat this product.
“If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put skull and crossbones on it.” – Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994
The FDA already requires the labeling of more than 3,000 ingredients, additives, and processes. Want to know if your food contains gluten, aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, MSG, or major food allergens? It’s on the ingredients label.
But not for GMOs.
Thirty some odd bills dealing with the labeling of genetically modified foods were introduced in states like Vermont, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia.
The Vermont Legislature recently considered a bill with virtually unanimous support from its citizens and legislators that would have required labeling of food containing genetically modified products. The measure died on the governor’s desk after Monsanto threatened to sue the state.
Other states met with similar threats or arm twisting from Monsanto or their lobbyists.
In Congress, Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) , along with Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska), co-sponsored an amendment to the Farm Bill that would have made clear that states have the authority to require the labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering.
It was killed in the Senate.
The measure would have required the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to report to Congress within two years on the percentage of food and beverages in the United States that contain genetically engineered ingredients.
Is BigAgra and BigPharma trying to feed GMOs to the American public to deliberately make people sick? Because it sterilizes animals and possibly people? Because it’s capable of generating Type 2 diabetes and autism and allergies and obesity epidemics; sick equaling big money for BigPharma who can sell them prescriptions and bogus vaccines?
On Tuesday, November 7, 2012, Californians have taken it upon themselves to slay a genetically modified monster deliberately set lose on humanity by voting YES on their legally binding Proposition 37 that would require all genetically modified food be labeled in their state.
May it happen.
God speed, California
Calif. Prop 37 & The Big Food Behemoths Trying To Defeat It …
Here are the companies that, along with the Grocers Manufacturing Association, together have spent somewhere north $50 million trying to defeat California’s Prop. 37.
Parent Company Donation Brands/Products
Abbott Nutrition: $3,918
Similac, Ensure, Glucerna, EAS, EleCare, Jevity, Metabolic, Nepro, Optimental, Osmolite, Oxepa, Pedialyte, PediaSure, Perative, Pivot, Polycose, ProMod, Promote, Pulmocare, Suplena, Survanta, TwoCal, ZonePerfect
Bimbo Bakeries USA: $320,516.72
Sara Lee, Arnold, Entenmann’s, Thomas’, Ball Park (buns), Bimbo, Boboli, Brownberry, Francisco, Frienhoffer, Mrs. Bairds, Oroweat, Stroehamann, Tia Rosa
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC: $270,426
King Oscar, Brunswick, Beachcliff
Campbell Soup Company: $179,545 Campbell soups, Pace, Pepperidge Farm, Prego, Swanson, V8
Cargill, Inc.: $143,575.49 Truvia Natural Sweetener, Shady Brooks Farms turkey, Diamond Crystal Salt, Liza oils and dressings, Nature Fresh oil, Peter’s Chocolate, Wilbur Chocolate, Honeysuckle White turkey, Sterling silver premium, Rumba meats, Good Nature port
Coca-Cola North America: $1,164,400
Boca Burger, Dasani, Evian, Smartwater, Dr. Pepper, Just Juice, Nestea, Monster, Vitaminenergy, Powerade, Minute Made Juices to go, Capri-Sun, Five Alive
ConAgra Foods: $1,076,600
Chef Boyardee, Banquet, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hunt’s, Snack Pack, Reddi-whip, Wesson, Pam, Hebrew National, David Seeds, Kid Cuisine, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, Slim Jim
Dean Foods Company: $66,143.16 Silk, Garelick, Lehigh Valley, Tuscan, Swiss, Shenandoah’s, Reiter, Meadow Gold, Robinson Dairy, Model Dairy, Alta Dena, Swiss Premium, TruMoo, Alpro
Del Monte Foods Company: $484,125
Del Monte brand canned foods
Dole Packaged Foods Company: $125,681
Dole brand canned fruit
General Mills, Inc.: $519,400 (plus $388,798 from General Mills)
Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Gold Medal, Good Earth, Haägen Daz, Pillsbury, Yoplait, Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fiber One, Lucky Charms, Nature Valley, Hamburger Helper
Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.: $30,666
Heinz, Classico, OreIda, SmartOnes, T.G.I.Friday’s, ABC, Golden Circle, Wattie’s, Lea & Perrins, Nurture
Hero North America: $58,028
Hero brand nectars and fruit preserves
The Hershey Company: $283,753.06
Almond Joy, Reese’s, Mounds, Kit Kat, York, Twizzlers
Hormel Foods Corporation: $94,380.71
Farmer John, Valley Fresh, Spam, Not.So.Sloppy.Joe, Herbox, Saags, Lloyds, Jennie-O, Dinty Moore, Chi-Chi’s, Di-Lusso, Stagg Chili, World Food
House-Autry Mills, Inc.: $1,077.27
House Autry sauces (cocktail, honey mustard, tartar, and “Bold & Zesty Dippin’ Sauce”); chicken, pork, and seafood breading; hushpuppy, biscuit, cornbread, and corn meal mixes; onion ring coating mix
Idahoan Foods: $7,181
Instant mashed potatoes, hash browns, and casseroles
Inventure Foods, Inc. (SNAK): $10,846.39
Jamba Juice, Burger King, T.G.I.Friday’s, Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs, Rader Farms, Poore Brothers, Tato Skins, Braids Pretzels, Bob’s Texas Style
J.M. Smucker Company: $367,604.16
Crisco, Dunkin’ Donuts, Folgers, Jif, Adam’s Peanut Butter, Café Bustelo, Crosse & Blackwell, Dickinson’s, Dutch Girl, Eagle Brand, Hungry Jack, Kava, Knott’s Berry Farm, Medaglia D’Oro, MillStone, None Such, Pillsbury, Smucker’s, Recharge, Red River, Smucker’s Toppings, Smucker’s Uncrustables, WhiteLily
Kellogg Company: $632,500
Cheez-It, Famous Amos, Keebler, Special K, Pringles, Austin, Mother’s Cookies, Carr’s, Gardenburger, Worthington, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Rice Krispies, pop-tarts, Chips Deluxe Cookies, Eggo, All-Bran, Nutri-Grain, Frosted Flakes, Crunch Nut, Krave, Coco Pops, Fruit Loops, Corn Flakes, Corn Pops, TownHouse
Knouse Foods Cooperative: $131,409.01 Lucky Leaf, Musselman’s, Apple Time, Lincoln, Knouse Food Service
Kraft Foods: $34,404
A-1 Steak Sauce, Alpen Gold, Cadbury, Capri Sun, Cheeze Whiz, Chips Ahoy!, Cool Whip, Cracker Barrel, Crystal Light, Dentyne, General Foods, Gevalia, Honey Maid, Halls, Jell-O, Kraft, Kool-Aid, Oscar Mayer, Maxwell House, Miracle Whip, Nabisco, Newtons, Nilla, Nutter Butter, Oreo, Philadelphia, Planters, Ritz, Stove Top, Tang, Tolberone, Trident, Triscuit, Velveeta, Wheat Thins
Land O’ Lakes: $59,321
Butter, Saute Express, cheese, spreads & margarine, eggs, half & half, whipping cream, cocoa & cappuccino mixes, sour cream, milk
Mars Food North America: $5,773
Wrigley’s, Uncle Ben’s, Flavia, Klix, Aterra Coffee Roasters, Bright Tea Co., CocoaVia, Seramis, Wisdom Panel, Dolmio, Ebly, MasterFoods, Raris, Royco, Suzi Wan, Winterfresh, Starburst, Skittles, Orbit, LifeSavers, Eclipse, Altoids, Dove, 3 Musketeers, Combos, M&M’s, MilkyWay, Twix, Snickers, Kudos, Galax, Pedigree dog food, Whiskas cat food
McCain Foods USA, Inc.: $50,592.94
Anchor, Babycakes, Brew City, Chef Sensations, Flavorlasts, Golden Crip, Harvest Splendor, Moore’s, Ovations, Redstone Canyon, Smiles, Sweet Classics, Taste Travelers
McCormick & Company, Inc.: $64,645.53
McCormick herbs and spices, seasonsing mixes (i.e., McCormick fajita seasoning), extrats and food colors, Grill Mates, seafood breading, batters, sauces, and rubs
Morton Salt: $14,879.01
Morton seasonings (e.g., Season-All), meat curing, sea salts, and Rust Raze products
Nestlé USA: $1,169,400
Carnation, DiGiorno, Hot Pockets, Lean Cuisine, Abuelita, Nestle Toll House, La Lechera, Libby’s Pumpkin, 100 Grand, Baby Ruth, Bottle Caps, Butterfinger, Skinny Cow, Crunch, Wonka, Nips, Nescafe, Coffee-mate, Taster’s Choice, JuicyJuice, Nesquik, Dreyer’s, Drumstick, Edy’s, Haagen-Dazs, Push-up, Buitoni, California Pizza Kitchen, DiGiorno, Lean Pockets, Stouffer’s, Tombstone
Ocean Spray: $60,546
Juices, juice drinks, Craisins, cranberry sauce, fruit snacks
PepsiCo, Inc.: $1,716,300
Frito Lay, Tropicana, Quaker, Gatorade, Izze, Mountain Dew, AMP Energy, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Tazo iced teas, SoBe, Aquafina, Brisk, Lipton, Propel Zero, Miss Vickie’s, Sabra hummus, Sunchips
Pinnacle Food Groups, LLC: $69,307.71 Bird’s Eye, Armour, Duncan Hines, Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworth’s, Vlasic, Voila!, Celeste, Mrs. Butterworth’s, Hungry-Man, Aunt Jemima, Lender’s, Snyder’s, Husman’s
Reily Foods Co.: $13,214
Blue Plate, Bonus Blend, Carroll Shelby’s Chili, CDM, French Market, JFG, La Martinique, Luzianne, Old Dutch Dressing, Presto, Swans Down, Try Me Sauces, Wick Fowler’s Chili
Sara Lee Corporation: $246,766
Sara Lee desserts, Sunbeam, Hillshire Farms, Ball Park Franks, Jimmy Dean, Deli d’Italia, Deli Perfect, Galileo, Hornimans, Java Coast, Kahn’s, Mr. Turkey, Natreen, Pizza d’Oro, Pickwick, Sara Lee deli, Steamers, Sunbeam
Smoked hams, fresh pork, bacon, sausage, lunchmeat, Lean Generation, Recipe Ready
Sunny Delight Beverages Company: $93,795.90 SunnyD, BlenDs, EnchanceD, LimiteD
In addition to the above food companies, other major donors that are campaigning to deny consumers the right to know if GMOs are in their food include:
Company Name Donation
Bunge North America $5,193
Dow Agrosciences LLC $1,184,800
E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co. $4,025,200
Syngenta Corporation $821,300