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GMO: The Referendum, The Propaganda, Its Backers & Their Lies

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GMO: The Referendum, The Propaganda, Its Backers & Their Lies

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or outside of the USA, you can’t ignore by now that the hottest campaign leading up to the November ballot is actually taking place in California. Yep, forget about the swing states. It’s safe to say that no presidential election will have as much impact on this country’s food system than the referendum that’s currently brewing in California.

If Proposition 37 (The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act) passes on November 6, all raw or processed food sold through retail in California, that is genetically engineered or contains at least 0.5 percent of GMO (genetically modified organisms), will have to be labeled as such starting July 1, 2014. Exemptions include food sold for immediate consumption, alcohol, and meat or milk from GMO-fed animals.

It is expected that GMO labeling would spread nationwide since many vendors wouldn’t want to go through the trouble of issuing two kinds of labels (California v. the rest of the country). Furthermore, if GMO labels are met with consumers’ disaffection and a consequent drop in sales, food producers and processors may be incentivized to redesign their products and source non-GMO ingredients. In turn, this trend would impact the kind of crops favored by farmers. In short, GMO, which make up over 90 percent of corn and soy crops in the US today, may lose some of their grip on the American agricultural land (bear in mind that most of GE crops today are used for animal feed and biofuel, so the impact would be real although not dramatic).

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.

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3:52AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Thank you :)

11:17PM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

No GMO

3:19AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Thank you :)

8:18PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Thanks

9:58AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Thank you Laetitia, for Sharing this!

10:03AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

I'm so sad 37 didn't pass.

3:58PM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Yeah, I hate the lies that our food bills will rise so much if prop. 37 passes. Let's see, a one cent sticker that says "GMO" on it.....

3:47PM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Prop 37 where’s James Bond when we need him?
Monsanto wants control seed to control food, It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world. More evil than Spectre!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUC1u02GF5I&feature=youtu.be

8:18PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

thank you!

2:07PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thanks for letting us know and keeping us informed. I try to not eat GMO foods and am currently looking for GMO free dried pet food and I'm not finding it easy. GMO is mentioned on some food products, but we also have to read the ingredients to double check.

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