Here is a good run down on why you should vote for proposition 37. This from natural news.
NaturalNews, Health Ranger officially endorse GMO labeling ballot measure; Vote YES on 37 ‘Right to Know’ in California
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) Let it be known that, in the interests of transparency, consumer knowledge and honest food labeling, NaturalNews has officially endorsed California’s GMO labeling ballot measure. If you’re in California, vote YES on 37, the “Right to Know” ballot measure.
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The “Right To Know” ballot measure is simply about making sure food companies tell the truth about what’s in their food. It allows consumers to make an informed decision about whether they wish to avoid GMOs or consume them. This measure adds essentially nothing to the cost of printing labels or the cost of food, because labels are already being printed for those foods, displaying nutrition facts, product names, and so on.
If you want to know what you’re eating, vote YES on 37 and support food labeling honesty. After all, if we don’t require food companies to honestly label their products, government regulators will never do so because they’re in bed with the corporations! (USDA routinely conspires with Monsanto, as NaturalNews readers well know…)
The GMO industry doesn’t want you to know what you’re buying and eating
The GMO industry wants you to remain totally in the dark about whether your groceries are GMO. They even want to trick you by labeling them as “natural,” hoping you’ll be fooled into thinking that “natural” means “organic” (but it doesn’t).
Many consumers, unfortunately, are tricked by this deception. But honest food labels would end that deception and force food companies to disclose the genetically engineered content of their food ingredients.
It is our right to know what we are eating. Anyone who would argue against that is, in essence, arguing for consumer ignorance and corporate deception in the marketplace.
NaturalNews continued to fight against the scourge of GMOs
For years, NaturalNews has fought to increase consumer awareness, raise money for worthy causes (along with our readers, we’ve donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Institute for Responsible Technology), provide editorial coverage of food safety issues and empower consumers with knowledge about GMOs. We are not a wealthy organization with deep pockets, but we have, with grassroots help, deeply impacted the increased awareness of this issue. I’ve personally even helped spread this message to a nationwide radio audience by hosting the Alex Jones Show and covering GMOs quite frequently.
NaturalNews has supported the Organic Consumers Association and Ronnie Cummins, the Just Label It campaign, and the recruitment of volunteers to get the petition onto the ballot. In these efforts, we join countless other natural health advocates, non-profits and consumer groups that are also pulling in the same direction on this issue. NaturalNews thanks Jeffrey Smith and many others who have provided leadership and advocacy that will bring us to a victory against corporate deception.
Victory is within our reach. Ballot measure 37, is passed, could be a milestone in food labeling transparency, safer food and informed consumers. This is why we supported it and why we continue to endorse it.
Here at NaturalNews, we absolutely, positively will not stop our efforts until GMOs are out of our grocery stores and off our plates. This is a fight for humanity, and there will be no surrender as we face off against true corporate evil.
Anyone who opposes GMO labeling is a fool
Finally, for the record — and you can quote me on this — anyone who opposes GMO labeling is a fool. They are playing right into the hands of the very same corporations that continue to poison our children for profit.
There is no more clear-cut issue on the ballot today. Regardless of whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Independent, to oppose ballot measure 37 is to align yourself with Monsanto and the terrible evils of the greed-driven food industry.
If you love the environment, opposing GMOs can help save the planet from genetic pollution. If you’re into healthy foods, opposing GMOs is crucial to keeping insecticide poisons out of your diet. And if you love the free market and despise government intervention, remember that the free market is only truly free if consumers have free access to accurate knowledge about what they’re buying! “Free market” should not mean “secret poisons in the food that you’re not allowed to know about.”
A free market, in other words, is not a “free-for-all” — there have to be basic rules, such as accurate labeling. No sane person would argue, for example, that public companies should be able to sell their stocks without revealing their profit and loss numbers. So why are we being told to buy foods that have similar secrets about their make-up? Accurate disclosure is essential to the free market.
Let’s win this one for humanity!
Voting YES on 37 is a vote for humanity. It is a vote for sanity in a world gone crazy. It is a vote for honesty in a world of corporate deception. Voting YES on 37 is a vote for the People — all People — but especially those people who depend on low-cost, non-organic foods for the bulk of their dietary intake. Those are the people who are being poisoned the most by GMOs.
So please join me, the Health Ranger, in supporting our right to know what’s in our food. Vote YES on 37, and please also consider making financial donations to:
Natural brands betray consumers over GMO labeling: NaturalNews issues boycott of Kashi, Silk, Larabar and more
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) It’s time to defeat evil in the food industry and stop the vicious betrayal of consumers by so-called “natural” brands. They’re all conspiring right now to funnel millions of dollars into a disinformation campaign to try to defeat ballot measure 37, the “GMO labeling” initiative in California (http://www.naturalnews.com/036833_GMO_labeling_YES_on_37_California.h…).
Effective immediately, NaturalNews is issuing a global boycott on the following brands:
• Kashi (owned by Kellogg, which has contributed $612,000 to defeat Proposition 37) – Kashi cereals contain GMOs!
• Silk soymilk (owned by the nation’s largest dairy, Dean Foods, which has contributed $253,000 to the effort to kill Proposition 37)
• Larabar (owned by General Mills, which has contributed $520,000 to defeat proposition 37)
• R.W. Knudsen (owned by Smucker, which has contributed $387,000 to defeat proposition 37)
• Santa Cruz Organic (also owned by Smucker, which has contributed $387,000 to defeat proposition 37)
• Cascadian Farm (owned by General Mills, which has contributed $520,000 to defeat proposition 37)
• Muir Glen (also owned by General Mills, which has contributed $520,000 to defeat proposition 37)
Boycott these brands — the BETRAYORS of the food industry. Help make sure their betrayal of consumers costs them huge market share. Remember: When it comes to evil food companies, if you ignore them (by not buying their toxic products) they will go away.
This is all detailed in a release just issued by the Cornucopia Institute:
Agribusinesses Owning Natural / Organic Brands Betray Customers: Fund Attack on GMO Labeling Proposal in California
Proposition 37, a citizen’s initiative on the ballot on November 6 in California, would mandate clear labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients on food packages. It has become a battleground pitting consumer and farmer advocates against multi-billion-dollar agribusiness corporations.
Recent polling indicates almost 70% of citizens support informational labeling. And a flood of new contributions to fight the measure has rolled in from the biotechnology industry and food manufacturers, totaling over $23 million, according to the California Secretary of State. This dwarfs the approximately $3 million contributed by proponents of GE labeling.
“Consumers might be surprised to find out that brands hiding under ‘natural’ façades are in fact owned by multi-billion-dollar corporations that are contributing bushel baskets of cash to defeating Proposition 37,” says Charlotte Vallaeys, Director of Farm and Food Policy at The Cornucopia Institute. (www.cornucopia.org)
Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food in California is viewed as a watershed event by many industry observers, as many companies will find it logistically or economically difficult to produce foods with labels identifying GE for California while producing a different product line of foods for the rest of the country.
“Just as we’ve observed in Europe, where labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is mandatory, we fully expect that when given a choice, consumers will choose organic or non-GMO products,” said Mark A. Kastel, Codirector of Wisconsin-based Cornucopia. “And the industrial food lobby is fully cognizant of this — that’s why they’re fighting like hell against this grassroots effort.”
To make it easier for shoppers to identify and support organic brands whose corporate owners support Proposition 37, and avoid buying brands owned by companies that financially contributed to opposing the “Right to Know” campaign, The Cornucopia Institute has developed a guide for consumers. (http://www.cornucopia.org/2012/08/prop37/)
“If the food and biotech industries are so proud of their pervasive genetically manipulated crops, why are they so afraid, and so desperately opposed to labeling it?” asked Arran Stephens, founder of Nature’s Path, North America’s largest certified organic cereal and granola brand with manufacturing plants in the US and Canada.
Besides Nature’s Path, those who have contributed in support of Proposition 37 include venerable organic manufacturers such as Dr. Bronner’s, Nutiva and Lundberg rice. These companies are all independently-owned businesses that avoid GMOs and are committed to supporting organic agriculture.
“Food companies are required by law to label ‘contains peanuts’ if included in their product. People deserve the same for GMOs. Our customers want to know if any product contains GMOs,” says John Roulac, founder and CEO of Nutiva, an organic food company.
On the other side, joining Monsanto and the giant food lobby group Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) in donating money to the effort to defeat the ballot initiative, are multi-billion-dollar, multi-national companies including General Mills, Dean Foods, Kellogg and Pepsico. These companies own brands that are misrepresented to consumers as independent, value-driven businesses.
Biotechnology corporations and corporate agribusinesses have collectively donated millions of dollars to defeat Proposition 37. Monsanto alone has donated $4.2 million, while food giants Pepsico and Coca Cola have each donated more than $1 million.
“Consumers are increasingly interested in ‘voting with their forks,’ and many want to support companies that share their values,” says Vallaeys. “But consumers may not realize that many organic and ‘natural’ brands are owned by the very same corporations that are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each, or even millions, in an effort to scuttle Proposition 37 in California,” she adds.
For example, Kashi is owned by Kellogg, which has contributed $612,000 to defeating Proposition 37. Last year, The Cornucopia Institute published a study, Cereal Crimes (http://www.cornucopia.org/2011/10/natural-vs-organic-cereal/), which revealed that the popular, “natural” Kashi GoLean cereal brand, unbeknownst to its customers, contains genetically engineered ingredients.
In what The Cornucopia Institute characterizes as “creating a façade,” nowhere on the Kashi website or packaging is it disclosed that the company is owned by Kellogg, rather than the “small band of passionate people” featured on the Kashi website.
Another example is Silk soymilk, which carries the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal on its products but is owned by the nation’s largest dairy, Dean Foods, which has contributed $253,000 to the effort to kill Prop. 37. Dean Foods also owns the Horizon Organic brand. Both Silk and Horizon profess to consumers that the brands oppose GMOs.
“Talk is cheap,” adds Vallaeys. “Consumers should not only know whether there are GMOs in their food, but also whether their hard-earned dollars are supporting companies that then turn around and invest those profits in the effort to sell-out their right to know.”
The Cornucopia Institute, which developed the funding guide (http://www.cornucopia.org/2012/08/prop37/), stresses that the organization is not against corporate involvement in organics.
“We welcome corporate involvement in the organic food industry, but only when the parent company subscribes to the values that the organic food movement is based on,” says Kastel. “We have a problem with the duplicity of corporations that hide under a ‘holier-than-thou’ marketing brand and then undermine the very values of the organic movement.”
“For example, when Kellogg donates money to the Organic Trade Association, the Kashi brand appears on the OTA website. But when the same company donates to the effort to defeat Proposition 37, Kellogg will do everything in its power to make sure that its Kashi customers, who seek wholesome and natural foods, do not associate the Kashi brand with a corporate contributor to the effort to kill Proposition 37,” adds Kastel.
The same is true for the R.W. Knudsen and Santa Cruz Organic brands, owned by Smucker, and the Cascadian Farm, Larabar and Muir Glen brands, owned by General Mills. These corporate brand owners have donated $387,000 and $520,000, respectively, to defeating Proposition 37.
By using Cornucopia’s Proposition 37 funding guide, consumers can invest their food dollars in organic and non-GMO companies that are truly committed to supporting sustainable agriculture.
“Hiding the truth about our food is pervasive, unethical, and only done for money,” says Michael Potter, CEO of Eden Foods, an organic food manufacturer that financially contributed to support Proposition 37. “Let this [Prop. 37] be the beginning of an end to it.”
Who is supporting GMO labeling?
For the record, those contributing funds to help pass proposition 37 include Nature’s Path (my No. 1 favorite cereal company), Dr. Bronner’s, Nutiva and Lundberg rice. In the info realm, supporters include Dr. Mercola, the Organic Consumers Association, NaturalNews (through numerous contributions to the IRT), and many others.
NaturalNews is currently in the process of launching its own store and has pledged a percentage of store profits to raise even more funds for protecting food freedom and farm freedom (http://www.naturalnews.com/036817_Natural_News_store_superfoods_shopp…).
Mike Adams, the editor of NaturalNews, continues to call for GMO labeling on national radio, and is a frequent guest and / or host of Coast to Coast AM and the Alex Jones Show, reaching tens of millions of listeners with educational information about GMOs.
Adams is also the creator of the hugely popular “Just Say No to GMOs” music video at:
Watch the music video in Spanish at:
and in Chinese at:
NaturalNews has worked tirelessly to create public educational information about GMOs including this “10 Ten GMO Foods to Avoid” infographic:
Adams has also conducted and promoted numerous interviews with Jeffrey Smith on the subject of GMOs, including these:
Also see videos published on TV.naturalnews.com by:
Robert Scott Bell: