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

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Pamm Larry, the self-described “grandmother from Chico” who jump-started the initiative last year, successfully rallied a coalition of consumer groups behind the Label GMOs campaign (, including the Organic Consumers Association and Food & Water Watch. Businesses offered their support early on, including long-time practitioners of healthy food such as Nature’s Path and Lundberg Family Farms. A few celebrity activists in the alternative health and non-GMO arenas, such as Jeffrey Smith and Dr. Mercola jumped on the bandwagon. Through a decentralized structure of local chapters staffed with volunteers, the 560,000 required signatures (and some) were gathered on time for the California Right to Know Initiative to qualify last June for the November ballot. This week, several Hollywood celebrities endorsed Prop 37 in this video:

About 9 Americans out of 10 are in favor of labeling GMO-containing foods, according to a 2010 poll conducted by Reuters Thompson (see also this poll conducted by MSNBC last year: 96 percent of over 45,000 respondents answered “yes” to the question “Do you believe genetically modified foods should be labeled?”).

In 2007, candidate Obama had spoken in favor of it “because Americans have a right to know what they’re buying.” That was before President Obama appointed Monsanto’s ex-VP of public policy Michael Taylor as the deputy commissioner for foods (read: food safety czar) at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Some 50 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, and the European Union, already have strict GMO labeling requirements.

So what’s with the heated debate? For the sake of making sense of the confusing whirl of opinions, I stepped back and took on the reasonable assumption that truth is never black and white, and that no side has an absolute monopoly on truth and light. Here’s what I’ve come to understand:

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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 :)

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3:19AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Thank you :)

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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!

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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