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Monsanto Launches Massive Campaign to Stop GMO Labeling

Lisa Garber
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July 8th, 2012
Updated 11/02/2012 at 4:33 pm
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We’ve gone on at great lengths discussing the dangers of genetic modification. Monsanto’s GMO corn has been linked to weight gain and organ function disruption, while GMO crops and pesticides destroy our farmland and environment.  According to the Alliance of Natural Health, the grandchildren of rats fed GMO corn were born sterile. GMO is just one of those things to avoid, but with our own government in bed with Monsanto, it’s not easily done. Monsanto has recently launched a proverbial war against the open labeling of genetically modified foods, and only through activism and awareness can it be overcome.

The People Versus GMO

In February of this year, Vermont contemplated the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. The proposed bill prohibits GMO food producers from using keywords like “natural,” “naturally made,” “naturally grown,” and “all natural” to describe GMO ingredients and products. In the same month, the National Conference of State Legislatures reported that nearly 20 states were considering similar programs. Public surveys and studies also show a whopping 90 percent of the U.S. in favor of such practices.

In theory, this should make California’s GMO labeling initiative, which would require all foods within the state made with GM ingredients to carry a label stating so, a shoo-in. But let’s not get so hasty.

Leaders in the disinformation campaign launched against the labeling initiative cry out that it would be—like the infamous Proposition 65, “The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986”—a way for bounty-hunting trial lawyers to file suits against even natural food companies for supposedly selling products containing undisclosed GMOs.  Of course, GMO’s ally StopCostlyFoodLabeling.com receives funding from the Council for Biotechnology Information. It should be no surprise that the likes of Monsanto and Dow count themselves members of the said organization.

More Efficient than Prop 65

James C. Cooper, PhD in economics from Emory University, dismisses the comparison between California’s initiative and Proposition 65. In his report, he delineates the key differences between the two programs:

  • The Label GMO initiative allows producers 7 years to reduce GMO exposure of products from under 5 percent to zero.
  • Producers are immune from suit if they can provide a statement from their supplier or an independent organization that the food is certified organic and/or GMO-free.
  • Producers have 30 days to rectify violations with no liability.
  • Whereas plaintiffs keep “bounties” of 25 percent of civil penalties in Prop 65, the labeling initiative provides none.

It hasn’t been long since the Food and Drug Administration deleted 1 million signatures and comments from the “Just Label It” campaign calling for the labeling of GM foods, even after 55 politicians offered support for the initiative. It only shows that the fight against GMOs won’t be easy (or cheap).

Still, it’s worth fighting.

Additional Sources:

Alliance of Natural Health USA

From around the web:

  • http://www.TheHermetica.com Age Of Aquarius

    If corporations were banned from sticking in unlimited amounts of money, which the average millions of people can't do, then you would have a real democracy.

  • Jon Strayer

    Almost all of the food we eat, and all of our crops, are genetically modified. None of our crops are "natural". At first we modified our crops the slow way (unnatural selection). For about 50 years or so we modified them using a shot gun approach – irradiate the seeds and see what sprouts.

    That you don't complain about. No, now that they have a more precise method you are up in arms.

  • http://naturalsociety.com/adverse-drug-reactions-80000-unreported/ Sharon Bybee

    We are "WE THE PEOPLE". I salute (and join) those who have become informed and demand the right of Truth. Why is it Monsanto is against labeling GMO foods? I salute (and join) a good fight against the giant biotech companies like Monsanto, Dow and Bayer whose interest are power and monetary, while compromising, better yet, destroying the HEALTH of our country.

    LET THEM FEAR US

    We are "WE THE PEOPLE" and we demand to be heard.

    Remember the Boston Tea Party

  • Dock

    These mother fuckers

    • http://naturalsociety.com/adverse-drug-reactions-80000-unreported/ Sharon Bybee

      There are better names than that for them.

  • John Lotus

    Gee Monsanto!!! ENOUGH!!! G monsanto enough!!

    G MOnsanto ENOUGH!!! G M O nsanto ENOUGH!!!!! don't let the G mon let GMO santo get away with this!!!

  • Diana Reeves

    We have to fight this battle on more than one front. A couple of months ago I started GMO Free USA, a grassroots consumer email initiative. Since our government chooses to represent Monsanto instead of the people of this country, we'll just BYPASS it and take our beef directly to the food manufacturers. I'm in the process of rounding up 5,000+ people to email one food manufacturer a week and tell them we're going to boycott if they don't stop using GM ingredients. We're getting close! Here's a link to an article by Organic Consumers with more info and links to join:

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_

    I hope you'll join us and spread the word :)

    Diana Reeves

    Mom Turned Activist

    • http://naturalsociety.com/adverse-drug-reactions-80000-unreported/ Sharon Bybee

      I've joined and will be happy to spread the word. I, also, am driving friends and family crazy with this. I happy to do so…

  • Eliot W. Collins

    I am seeing more and more products labeled non-GMO, and these are the ones that I am buying. Voluntary labeling of non-GMO products is the path that must be followed. If it is not labeled non-GMO, then assume that it is GMO. Eventually the food processors will get the message.

  • Randy

    If you look up EVIL in the dictionary, Monsanto is the first word you should see!

  • wonderin why

    StopCostlyFoodLabelling.

    Changing a printimg plate.

    Please explain what is costly about this?

    Because I'm wonderin why.

  • squodgy

    MONSANTO = STERILITY