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PROP 37 ~ about GMO ~ “Yes,” we have a right to know

“Yes,” I want to know if a food I’m purchasing to put into my body has been genetically modified, don’t you?

Think about this one…Will Grapegrowers and Consumers Accept GMO Wines?

Or this one: Western Farm Press ~ From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: After ten years of laboratory trials, an Adelaide plant scientist has developed genetically modified grape vines that are resistant to mildew.

Okay… think about it… If 10 years have been spent studying this, do we really think we can tell them to bite the costs? And that, my friends, is the real push behnid what’s going on…

The reason I want to know if my food has been genetically modified that is that I won’t purchase an altered food… I don’t eat fast food, for example. I’d rather pay a bit more for slow foods that have nature’s health benefits… pure and simple. My body is my temple, and it’s derserving of the best fuel available for me to live a long, heathy life.

I have a RIGHT TO KNOW…. and so do you…

I remember the days when it was discovered that kids who consumed foods with red dye showed increased levels of hyperactivity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. These dyes had already been approved by the FDA… Some kids bouncing off the walls, and red dye had been found to be the culprit.

We had to fight to get that onto a label. Now, moms with kids who are allergic to this synthetic substance have the ability to know ahead of time what they’re getting into… Thanks to perseverence by consumers.

WHO’s paying for those millions of dollars in advertising; i.e., who’s against you knowing that GMO foods are in what you’re buying… and please note the chemical companies?

  • Monsanto – $7,100,500
  • DuPont – $4,900,000
  • Pepsi – $2,145,400
  • Bayer – $2,000,000
  • Dow – $2,000,000
  • BASF – $2,000,000
  • Syngenta – $2,000,000
  • Kraft Foods – $1,950,000
  • Coca-Cola – $1,455,500
  • Nestle – $1,315,600
  • General Mills – $1,135,000
  • ConAgra – $1,077,000
  • Kellogg’s – $790,000
  • Smithfield – $684,000

Who WANTS you to know that your food has been genetically modified?

  • Mercola.com – $1,115,000
  • Nature’s Path – $610,000
  • Dr. Bronner’s – $369,000
  • Lundberg – $251,000
  • Udis/EarthBalance/Glutino – $102,000
  • Clif Bar- $100,000
  • Organic Valley – $100,000
  • Amy’s – $100,000
  • Annie’s – $50,000
  • Nutiva – $50,000
  • Frey Vineyards – $35,000


And… How about all of the newspapers who want you to vote “No?”

Cash strapped newspapers + advertising dollars = decisions being made NOT in your best interest.

As a former radio broadcaster, I was first introduced to the power advertisers in media, in the 1980s.

I was working at a radio station. One of my duties was to produce (and pre tape) Modern Health segments; 30 second snippets to make lives healthier. One would air each morning for about 30 seconds… like an advertisement. I produced one Modern Health segment on  how bad soda is for anyone’s health. There’s almost one teaspoon of sugar per ounce of soda. (One can of soda a day = 10 pounds of weigh for the consumer.)

Equated: 8 ounces of soda = 7 teaspoons of sugar. The segment was pulled by the general manager, who was also the sales manager…


A major soda company was a regular, big money advertiser.

The feedback I got from this example taught me a long time ago about the power of advertisers. So, I’m NOT surprised about newspapers jumping on the “No” bandwagon, spreading the fear that we’re going to have to pay a bit more money for our food.

Hey, I don’t mind spending money on really good food. Some of us prefer to only use high test fuel in our bodies… That’s my right, and it’s my right to know if food has been genetically modified.

Remember, people… We were told during the Vietnam War that Agent Orange was only a defoliant (not the nerve gas that it is), and our government would be spreading it in Vietnam to expose the Viet Kong. Has anyone, like me, lost family and friends who were connected to Agent Orange in Vietnam or Desert Storm?

The same chemical company who brought you Agent Orange and Roundup is also genetically modifying our foods… And, there are a ton of lobbiests connected to all of this big business.

Has a corporation ever loved you back?

Don’t you have a right to know?

I think so… If you agree, vote “Yes, I have a right to know” on Prop 37.

Need more convincing? Watch this video…


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8 Responses to “PROP 37 ~ about GMO ~ “Yes,” we have a right to know”

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  2. Sondra says:

    Thanks for the list of whose against GMO, most were not surprising at all but Stonyfield? An organic producer? WOW. who got to them.

    and though I want GMO labeling and already voted for it, we need a lot more than labeling, we need prohibition against GMO. We do not need to wait until we see the dangers which will be very hard to prove given the varied diet we eat.

    Unfortunately the study talked about in the video clip is a nice bit of science, its pretty meaningless in the real world of big food or to the average consumer. Even me, who understands the science, sort of, would not be convinced by this study of GMO dangers.

    Easier to think of GMO frankenfood as another virus getting into the body – after all it is genetic information – to many it will remain harmless, to many not so.. but who needs it. We are not improving the beneficial quality of food by gmo we are only increasing the coffers of big pharma food.

    now to go look at bill maher’s interview with stonyfield.
    thanks for the valuable info.

  3. Jo Diaz says:

    Sondra, I hear you… You being a biochemist… I value your input.

    And Smithfield? Yeah… Why trust them anymore… I wonder if they’re using GMO corn?

  4. Katie says:

    Stoneyfield is an organic producer. They are opposed to the use of GMOs and want all GMOs labeled. http://www.stonyfield.com/why-organic/genetically-modified-organisms-gmos

    Smithfield is a different high-production food company.

  5. Donn Rutkoff says:

    What dangers? Are kids who drink commercially produced milk showing signs of danger from hormone cows? What danger? Study Luther Burbank. How about mutations that make red grapes white or whites red? All of our viniferas have mutated from vinifera 1000 or 2000 years ago. What danger???? Are we a healthier and wiser nation with “Contains sulfites”? Or, are we actually dumber, more mis-informed, because now people think that sulfites cause headaches, stomach aches, rash, etc. All of which is false.

    How about Calif. warning signs about cancer, posted in parking garages in big buildings. Does that make us smarter? Really?

    What dangers?

  6. Donn Rutkoff says:

    If you want better labeling, get on the TTB to force LARGER LETTERS and / or contrast in the print of the abv%. Fact: the most dangerous ingredient in wine is . . . ALCOHOL. By far.

    Use Ridge Vineyards as the gold standard in wine labeling. Every bottle. Big letters. Easy to read. The abv., and the blend of grapes. How darn hard is that for the rest of our beloved industry to copy?????? The sulfite warning does more to confuse than to illuminate.

  7. Jo Diaz says:

    Donn… children maturing earlier than my generation… read up on hormones being given to cows, which translates into their milk production, which tehn becomes what children are drinking today and the physiology of their coming of age is happening at a much quicker rate.

    http://health101.org/art_Milk_and_Girls.htm (If you want the counter of this agruement, just go to Fox News…)

    I’m not going to argue each point with you, either.

    I have a sister whose entire adult life has been devoted to helping others to live, and also giving up on the medical profession. She’s seen what gets prescribed as someone exits a hospital as a post op heart or cancer patient… when whole foods and good nutiriotnal supplements would not only do the trick, but they would also heal without the side effects of drugs.

    She’s done helping people to die – after many long years of working as a private duty nurse for many prominent people (including some major doctors) at a major New City hosital.

    She’s also a certified nutritionist, having studied vigorously… Unless you’ve got those credentials, we can’t even begin to understand each other.

    Let’s agree to disagree, and move on.

  8. Donn Rutkoff says:

    Labels with bad science are worse than labels with none, it lowers the belief level down to zero. If there is good science, I am for it. But alcohol is much much more dangerous than any gmo.

    Look at the epidemic of fat in the US. Does all the label stuff help? I can’t see the positive correlation of general public health with more warnings. I see more likely a negative correlation, because way too many people believe that the govt. and the media are full of lies, out and out lies, on bread and butter issues, not to mention the more advanced stuff.

    Anecdotal stuff about my brother and your sister are not science. Who went to school??? Me defending the medical profession as practiced in some hospital? You are making a straw argument. Give a break. I did not endorse the AMA, did not disparage eating whole grains, etc. etc. Don’t assume or generalize.

    You want to disagree with Luther Burbank’s gmo products???? Been eating them 100 years. Do you remember him from grade school?

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