quote:"If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." - Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994Monsanto and Food Inc.'s stranglehold over the nation's food and farming system is about to be challenged in a food fight that will largely determine the future of American agriculture. A growing corps of organic food and health activists in California - supported by consumers and farmers across the nation - are boldly standing up to Monsanto and its minions, taking the first steps to expose the widespread contamination of non-organic grocery store foods with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and moving to implement mandatory GMO labeling through a grassroots-powered Citizens Ballot Initiative process. This month, lawyers representing a broad and unprecedented health, environmental, and consumer coalition, including the Organic Consumers Association, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap, Center for Food Safety, Mercola.com, Nature's Path, Natural News.com, LabelGMOs.org, Food Democracy Now, and the Institute for Responsible Technology, are filing papers with the California Attorney General's office to place a Citizens Initiative on the Ballot in November 2012 that would require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods and food ingredients. If California voters pass this ballot initiative in 2012, it will likely be the beginning of the end for Monsanto and genetically engineered food in the U.S.According to Zuri Star, a Southern California field organizer for the Organic Consumers Association, "The California Ballot Initiative is perhaps our last chance to stop the Biotech Express, to overthrow Biotechnology's dictatorial regime and build a safe and sustainable food and farming system based upon the ethical principles of consumer choice and BioDemocracy."
"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
S.W. Ga., zone 8b but acts more like zone 9
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 16 little gardeners: what a harvest!
Zone 7a, Far Rockaway, New York
Coastal Southern CA, USDA 10, Sunset 22
"Nothing is as optimistic as a seed catalog." Charles Mann
zone 7b - Virginia in the Chesapeake Bay area
quote:Originally posted by GardenDmpls:The items that would be labeled would be basically those containing soy or corn, the two modified vegetables that are marketed, usually as additives- corn syrup and soy oil. That would be just about everything sold in the grocery store.
Chicago burb, Zone 6a
quote:Originally posted by b_kind2animals:Not to hijack this thread, but isn't there a lawsuit out there that turns the tables on Monsanto in that it is seeking damages for the contamination of non-GMO crops by their genetic filth(IMHO)?
Inland Southern California USDA 9b, Sunset 19
quote:The signature gatherers are out in force at the local farmers markets.
quote:Originally posted by Octave:I think that many people seeing the GMO label on 80% of all foods out there will simply decide that since it has not hurt them so far, why change?I also think that the cost of labeled, non-GMO food may significantly increase. But I do advocate labeling.