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This Man is Lying About Your Food

This Man is Lying About Your Food
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NOTE: This is a guest post from John Robbins, Author of Diet for a New America.

You may have never heard of Henry I. Miller, but right now he is attempting to determine the future of food in this country. And he has enormous financial backing.

Mr. Miller is the primary face and voice of the “No on Prop 37″ campaign in California. At this very moment, Monsanto and other pesticide companies are spending more than $1 million a day to convince California voters that it’s not in their best interest to know whether the food they eat is genetically engineered. And Henry I. Miller is their guy.

If you live in California today, he’s hard to miss. You see him in TV ads, hear him in radio spots, and his face is all over the expensive fliers that keep showing up uninvited in your mail box. Initially, the ads presented Miller as a Stanford doctor. But he isn’t. He’s a research fellow at a conservative think tank (the Hoover Institute) that has offices on the Stanford campus. When this deceptive tactic came to light, the ads were pulled and then redone. But they still feature Miller telling the public that Prop 37 “makes no sense,” and that it’s a “food-labeling scheme written by trial lawyers who hope for a windfall if it becomes law.”

Actually, Prop 37 makes all the sense in the world if you want to know what’s in the food you eat. It was written by public health advocates, and provides no economic incentives for filing lawsuits.

Who, then, is Henry I. Miller, and why should we believe him when he tells us that genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe?

Does it matter that this same Henry Miller is an ardent proponent of DDT and other toxic pesticides? Does it matter that the “No on Prop 37″ ads are primarily funded by pesticide companies, the very same companies that told us DDT and Agent Orange were safe?

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9:35AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Sailor H, This was a chance to slow down the amount of GMO substances that we will be ingesting until Monsanto is stopped.The latest reports are that GMOs are causing organ damage and birth defects. I think a law suit like the one against the Cig industry would be a good idea because of all the press and public education that occurred in the process. But something must be done before the entire worlds population is damaged...(accept the people who shop at Whole Foods) (;-)

6:51AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Sad to say Prop 37 failed to pass. It is easy to find the list of company's that paid to help it fail. Kellogg's was one of the majors. Look it up and start writing. Kashi's got an earful, let me tell you. Let them all know we will not buy products from companies that just proved they DON'T care about the health of their customers or giving their customer's the truth about what is in the food they sell so they can make an informed choice. I don't know about you all, but I am furious and I will be responding both by letter, phone calls and my checkbook. They will never see another dime from me.

10:26AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Hope that our food is safe!

6:59AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Monsanto is pure EVIL!

10:50AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

This must be one of the most ridicules things i have ever heard. Most people don't even know about the GMO's and they have it going for almost 15 years now! I want to know what I am eating! Is that too much to ask?

7:05PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Burn Monsanto, burn!

11:41AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Wow, Stella- this is pretty wild! Thank you for sharing this info with us.
"Has ANYONE actually read Prop 37? Do you know what it does -- or, more importantly, what it doesn't do? Why are GMOs singled out and pesticides, hormones and other additives ignored? Why are dairy, eggs, meat and poultry excluded? Why are Girl Scout cookies regulated but fortune cookies excluded? Soy milk but not cow's milk? Canned soup but not the same soup sold "to go"? Meat is exempt even if raised on genetically-engineered grain or silage? Come on people, I'd hoped you were smarter than that. If you want a law that requires labeling all factors in food production, fine...but find one that is actually meaningful, based on science and not full of loopholes to benefit special interests. Oh, and be prepared to pay several hundred dollars more a year for the monitoring, testing, regulation, enforcement and increased production costs that such legislation will bring."

10:54PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Has ANYONE actually read Prop 37? Do you know what it does -- or, more importantly, what it doesn't do? Why are GMOs singled out and pesticides, hormones and other additives ignored? Why are dairy, eggs, meat and poultry excluded? Why are Girl Scout cookies regulated but fortune cookies excluded? Soy milk but not cow's milk? Canned soup but not the same soup sold "to go"? Meat is exempt even if raised on genetically-engineered grain or silage? Come on people, I'd hoped you were smarter than that. If you want a law that requires labeling all factors in food production, fine...but find one that is actually meaningful, based on science and not full of loopholes to benefit special interests. Oh, and be prepared to pay several hundred dollars more a year for the monitoring, testing, regulation, enforcement and increased production costs that such legislation will bring.

9:09AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

dESPICABLE!

1:09PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

I would be interested in knowing how to get this type of proposition on making consumers aware of what is in their food and whether or not it has been genetically engineered (probably has) on the ballot in the state of Florida. What do I do? Just start a petition?

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