Below I have another excerpt of a letter sent to my personal email from Organic Consumers Association leader Ronnie Cummins. His passion for this cause is admirable. I want to underscore one of the things he says below in his “reasons why California prop 37 should pass”.
GMOs are everywhere. Today, most non-organic US corn, soy, cotton and sugar beets – which are used in most of the sweeteners and additives used by food processors – are genetically engineered. So is the feed fed to the animals you eat. In fact, 75 – 85% of the processed food in your grocery store contains unlabeled GMOs.
This statement is so very true. Unless you hole up in a cave and never see a supermarket or a restaurant, you simply can’t live GMO free. Dinners out, business lunches, traveling, eating meals at other people’s homes, going to parties, picnics… We simply have no control over food being served elsewhere – unless we choose not to eat it. I was just at my book club meeting last night and there were sugary cocktails being served which no doubt were either high fructose corn syrup sweetened or beet sugar sweetened. The theme was cajun so we had red beans and rice and fried catfish… no doubt fried in canola or some other GMO laden vegetable oil. I sometimes feel already defeated in my desire to take a stand and be GMO free. I know Organic Consumers Association wants donations. I may just donate. I have never donated to a “cause” before and I think my time has come. Put up or shut up as they say.
Here is the Organic Consumers Association website: Organic Consumers Association
Here is a longer excerpt of the letter:
Last week French scientists published the results of the first ever long-term study on the health effects on lab rats of Monsanto’s GMO corn and its best-selling herbicide, Roundup. According to the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, rats fed a lifetime diet of GMO corn and the herbicide-tolerant GM corn, or given water containing Roundup in amounts considered safe in drinking water and GM crops in the US, suffered tumors, multiple organ damage and premature death.
The study drew some criticism for its methodology. But it highlighted the fact that we know very little about the long-term health consequences of a GMO-laden diet. It also raised this critical question: Why are GMOs allowed in our food, without our knowledge, when it’s clear that they have not been proven safe?
Here are 8 reasons you want Prop 37 to pass, and why we’re asking for your support.
1. GMOs have never been proven safe. The FDA conducts no independent testing of GMOs, but instead claims that they are “not substantially different” from non-GMO foods.
2. The biotech industry is not required to conduct long-term safety studies on GMOs, and it keeps researchers from conducting those tests by claiming the right to protect its patented seeds and technologies.
3. GMOs are everywhere. Today, most non-organic US corn, soy, cotton and sugar beets – which are used in most of the sweeteners and additives used by food processors – are genetically engineered. So is the feed fed to the animals you eat. In fact, 75 – 85% of the processed food in your grocery store contains unlabeled GMOs.
4. The companies who want you to believe GMOs are safe are the same ones who lied to you about Agent Orange and DDT.
5. GE crops are responsible for super weeds and super bugs, soil degradation, and lack of diversity – which makes crops and humans more susceptible to disease.
6. The only folks who don’t want you to know what’s in your food are huge corporations like Monsanto, Dow AgriScience, BASF and food conglomerates like Pepsi and Coca-Cola – who along with other biotech, pesticide and processed food manufacturers have donated nearly $33 million to defeat Prop 37.
7. This is our best – and perhaps only – shot at labeling GMOs and ending Monsanto’s monopoly of our food supply and destruction of our health and environment. Nineteen other states have tried – and failed – to get a GMO labeling law through the state legislative process. Prop 37 takes GMO labeling direct to the voters so Monsanto’s lobbyists can’t kill it.
8. If this law passes in California, food manufacturers have admitted that it may as well be a national law. They won’t want to put ‘this product contains GMOs” on their labels, so they will reformulate their products. And if they reformulate for California, they may as well do it for all of their products.
Early voting on Prop 37 begins on October 9. By November 6, this historic initiative will have passed or failed.