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The Next Prop 37: New ‘Cleaner’ GMO Labeling Bill Introduced in California

Christina Sarich
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February 27th, 2014
Updated 05/06/2014 at 8:41 pm
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gmo ca senator labeling 263x165 The Next Prop 37: New Cleaner GMO Labeling Bill Introduced in CaliforniaA new, simpler version of Prop 37, the GMO labeling bill defeated recently in California due to the GMA’s abhorrent and illegal money infused politics, is being proposed in California. The bill will address the concerns of many labeling advocates – that we are eating food labeled ‘natural’ that is nothing but toxic, chemical, transgenic, engineered non-food. Currently on food labels the biotech hand is not required to be mentioned, and real natural foods are hard to distinguish from fake ones.

Organic foods have to go through rigorous and expensive tests to be declared ‘organic,’ so why don’t genetically modified ones? We are guzzling down RoundUp-laden corn, soy, sugar beets, and other crops while organic farmers are struggling. The contents of our food should never be a big secret, unless of course the people who make it are up to something besides creating food. Furthermore, patenting seeds is about as ridiculous as trying to patent James Brown’s dance moves. They’ve been around for a long time. You can’t own them.

People have been relegated to eating toxic, herbicide-doused food since real foods are harder to come by and often cost more. But it shouldn’t be this way.

California State Senator, Norren Evans believes people have the right to real food, too, and at least some transparency about what they consume.  If the SB 1381 passes, it would require genetically engineered food sold in California to be labeled as such. 17 environmental groups back the bill as well as Californians for GE Food Labeling.

Though the biotech industry and Grocery Manufacturer’s Association will likely fight the bill as they did Prop 37, it stands on the shoulders of the fight we’ve already waged.

Read: Attorney’s Conclude Demanding GMO Labeling is NOT Unconstitutional

Debbie Friedman, a co-chair of Moms Advocating Sustainability, one of the coalition groups says:

“Californians agree — we want the choice about the food we put on our dinner tables. We want a choice about the legacy we leave the Golden State’s children. Labeling genetically engineered foods gives us the opportunity to make informed decisions about our food, from farm to fork.”

If Monsanto wants to win this time, they will have to spend more than the $47 million in invested in defeating Prop 37, because as time goes on, more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of GMO.

CEO of Lundberg Family Farms, a third-generation rice farmer says:

“This is an inevitable wave of change. The effort has come full circle to California. The new straightforward bill is an even simpler, clearer version of Proposition 37. It would simply require food sold in California grocery stores to be labeled if it contains genetically engineered ingredients.”

And Mark Squire, owner and manager of the grocery store Good Earth Natural Foods says:

“Labeling food is a clear and affordable way to give Californians choice. Food manufacturers regularly update their labels, including nutrition information, and this is one more simple update they can make.”

That’s one way to cut through the biotech BS. Let’s work to help California pass this precedent-setting bill.

From around the web:

  • dave

    We complain about Monsanto and the other big 5. We also cry GMO labeling, but the real answer to ending Monsanto is the person you know best. The same person that you see everyday in the mirror. Yes, it’s you! There is not need to cry, complain, rally on the streets, or stress yourselves out. Let’s make it simple………./
    For you need to understand that Monsanto and companies are little fish in a big pond. The big fish, the food producers of big agriculture are ALL control by you, the shopper.
    If you do not buy processed foods, farm raised fish from Canada or US (wherever) and/or fish/shrimp grown in some foreign country that has quality control worse than the US; you will put a bite on the very big co-op ag industry who will only produce/sell what YOU the customer will buy.
    I understand that All of us cannot all afford to buy all Organic pasture raised, range free, etc; on limited budgets, but we can all afford to buy vegetables and non processed meats to feed ourselves and our family.
    If we can try to avoid herbicide/pesticide so called food crops and gmo fed animals that are injected with anti-biotics to make them bigger and to keep them half way healthy until they are slaughtered, we will all be better off in the long run. The long run is expensive health care problems that none of can afford as we get older. The long run is unforeseen health problems to our future generations.
    In closing, Monsanto only tested GM feeding to lab rats for 6 to 9 months. Today we are the guinea pigs and all gm health problems start after a year. Independent studies on gm foods around the world have shown cancer tumors after a year and sterility and still born after two to three years. Is that the future we want for our children? This cost will be greater; much greater.

  • Reality of Truth

    I sincerely wish Dow, Dupont, and Monsatan would just simply explode.

    No more Hugh Grant, no more vile subhuman idiots that don’t deserve their lives to begin with, problem solved!

    But I guess that is the easy way out, still I wish it would happen.

  • Undecider

    The solution for Monsanto and like corporations is to destroy agriculture in California. The FDA and the weather weaponeers will see to that. The USA will then be limited to consuming GMO grown in countries with no oversight.

    Think strategically. Monsanto and their ilk are part of a larger agenda.

  • GiftRepSandy

    If enough states go this route (of introducing legislation for GMO labelling), maybe we can, at least, bankrupt Montsanto and their gang who spend so much money trying to defeat it!!

    • Undecider

      Monsanto will just get bailouts from the fiat banks. We need to grow our own food, defend it and sell locally. This is war. Monsanto and their buddies are only one arm of the larger system against us.

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