I am sitting in my bedroom on my beaten up love seat trying to decide which one of my food creations I will post first. As I’m pondering, I receive this email from my chiropractor Dr. Good, can you believe that is his name? And yes, he is the best! His article strikes my attention and I feel this urge to post it. With the elections around the corner and our efforts to become a more informed and healthier society I will begin with his newsletter. I will try to keep a promise that this will be the first and last long post as my food images and health tips tend to be short and sweet:
California’s Office of the Secretary of State announced on Monday that the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, also known as the GMO labeling initiative, will appear on voter ballots as Proposition 37 for the November 6 elections.
If passed, Prop. 37 would make California the first state in the U.S. to require labeling of most foods made with genetically modified organisms — those given specific changes to their DNA through genetic engineering techniques.
Polls conducted by various organizations in recent years have found that roughly 90 percent of Californians support labeling for genetically engineered (GE) foods. But regardless of the polls, leaders of California’s GE labeling movement are still preparing for a fight on the road to election day.
“We certainly have huge support, but we’re not taking anything for granted. There’s a big effort to fight it and we’re worried about the money that will be put toward that effort,” California Right to Know campaign spokeswoman Stacy Malkan told Food Safety News.
GE labeling is already law in nearly 50 countries, including China, Japan and each European state. Alaska requires labeling of GE fish and shellfish, making it the only U.S. state with any type of GE labeling law.
Earlier this year, three-quarters of U.S. Senators rejected a federal GE labeling bill. Nearly 20 states have had similar bills turned down in congress in the past year.
Most major food corporations oppose GE labeling, citing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s requirement that GE ingredients be labeled if they’re determined to exhibit a difference in nutritional value or level of safety.
Malkan said the Right to Know campaign does not hope to ban or eliminate GE foods from the market, but operates on the belief that consumers should simply be able to know whether their food was genetically engineered.
“People want to know what’s in their food and the information shouldn’t be kept from consumers,” she said. “We get to know all the nutritional facts, allergy information, where it comes from, but we can’t know if it’s genetically engineered?”
The Right to Know campaign collected nearly 1 million signatures for the initiative, virtually doubling California’s 550,000-signature requirement. Malkin attributed the level of response to an army of volunteer petitioners.
Others who oppose GE labeling say that consumers want to avoid GE foods out of fear of the unknown, despite the proven benefits such as increased crop yields and better resistance to pests. The Grocery Manufacturers Association calls GE labels unnecessary and potentially confusing to consumers who might perceive the label as an indication of a risk.
The next four months, Malkan said, will pit consumers against corporations in a public relations slugfest. And if the measure passes, it could affect food labeling well beyond California: Supporters predict food makers will want to avoid making separate labels for California and simply choose to change their labels for the entire U.S.
According to the new documentary Genetic Roulette, “…physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improved.” Information is power. For a limited time, this important documentary can be viewed online without cost.
In the wake of the startling findings that GM corn causes massive tumors, liver damage and shortened life spans in rats
it is vital now more than ever to educate friends and family about the dangers of GM food. Genetic Roulette couldn’t have arrived at a better time. A production of the Institute for Responsible Technology, Genetic Roulette features interviews with farmers, scientists, physicians, educators and chefs who explore the dangers of genetically engineered food. The film is by Jefferey Smith, author of The Seeds of Deception, and seeks to expose “the unintended but real health consequences of genetically engineering our food,” said promoter Rodney Robinson. The documentary covers everything from the basic defining criteria of genetically modified organisms to California Ballot Initiative 37.
Genetic Roulette also examines the significant connection between GM food and the rise of birth defects, autism, allergies and intestinal damage. The documentary can be viewed for free until September 22, 2012 at:
FDA ignores the dangers of genetically modified organisms
The history of genetically modified organisms is tainted with all kinds of corruption and fraud. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) stated in 2009 that, “several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.” These findings led the AAEM to ask physicians to “educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM foods when possible.”
Yet the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claimed they were unaware of any information that genetically modified food was substantially different from conventionally grown food — thereby GM food did not need testing and was safe to eat. The truth of the matter is that scientists did in fact repeatedly warn the FDA about the health and environmental dangers of GMOs. Due to political and financial interests, these red flags were ignored by the US government.
Stop the madness. In the rallying words of activist Tanya Sitton, M.S., “…take this opportunity to aggravate the biotechnology megacoporations pinning their hopes on an uninformed and apathetic public: watch, learn, reflect, and share!”
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“Shocking findings in new GMO study: Rats fed lifetime of GM corn grow horrifying tumors, 70% of females die early” Mike Adams, Natural News, Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Retrieved on September 19, 2012 from:
“‘Genetic Roulette’ examines GMO food” The Davis Enterprise, Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Retrieved on September 19, 2012 from:
“Genetic Roulette Movie Review” Moms for Safe Food, September 9, 2012. Retrieved on September 19, 2012 from:
“Genetically Modified Foods” American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Retrieved on September 19, 2012 from:
“Quotable quotes from scientists and other folks on the dangers of genetically engineered foods and crops” Organic Consumers Association. Retrieved on September 19, 2012 from:
“New Documentary ‘Genetic Roulette’ Indicts GMO Agriculture: This Week Only, Watch Free Online!” Tanya Sitton. Eat Drink Better. Retrieved on September 19, 2012 from: