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Vote yes on Prop. 37

By From page A12 | November 04, 2012

If we really wish to see genetically engineered foods labeled, we must pass Proposition 37 now. There is no chance a GMO labeling law could survive the legislative process with the influence of GMO money on our legislators. By the time another California initiative can reach the ballot, or a national movement can achieve political clout, unlabeled genetically engineered foods will be that much more entrenched in our food supply.

Look at some of the GE food items on the table right now for approval: more toxic herbicide-resistant crops, genetically engineered fish, an apple that doesn’t turn brown. Plenty more are in the pipeline.

Especially concerning to me is the introduction of increasing amounts of unlabeled genetically engineered whole foods, particularly vegetables, into our food supply. Consider Monsanto’s expansion of its Woodland research facility, which, in this paper’s euphemistic words, will “breed positive traits into vegetable plants using genetics.”

Gee, I thought vegetables already had plenty of positive traits, if only we would eat them. The trait that Monsanto finds missing, I suppose, is any trait that allows it to patent and own that food.

The specter of unlabeled genetically engineered vegetables sitting side by side with nature’s offerings is deeply disturbing. Whole foods, minus the few known genetically engineered samples, have been a safe haven for those who wish to keep their diets GMO free.

What if genetically engineered vegetables actually had to compete openly for the hearts and minds and pocketbooks of vegetable eaters?

Small wonder that multibillion-dollar GMO producers are desperate to keep genetically engineered foods unlabeled. They are willing to spend countless millions and have you believe any fabrication to keep Prop. 37 from passing.

For them, and for us as well, it is a race to see if they can succeed in patenting and owning (or at least contaminating) the operative U.S. food supply, or whether enough consumers can learn about and be able to choose or not choose genetically engineered foods, before there are no other kinds.

Please vote yes on Proposition 37.

Ann Bistolfo
Davis

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