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California Proposition 37 - GMOs

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Hey All-

I just received the following email and thought it would be good to post it here to remind folks to vote - hopefully Yes on Calif Prop 37.

My intent is not to promote Dr. Mercola - I did think the info regarding Prop 37 in his email was worth sharing - - thanks for reading :)

"From: Dr. Mercola

October 22, 2012


It's not a pretty picture...

Monsanto, DuPont, and their supporters have pulled out all the stops in their last ditch efforts to confuse, mislead, and just about brainwash California voters.

They've raised $40 million so far, and their efforts, sad to say, are taking hold. The group of voters in favor of mandatory labeling of GMOs has shrunk from 68 to 48 percent. Less than half of all voters.

That just shows you what well-crafted, misleading, false ads can do.

But we still have 48 percent, and it only takes 51 percent to win the vote. Let me be clear... We must win this battle that takes place on November 6th. There's too much at stake if we lose.

There's no question that genetically engineered foods can harm you. Dozens of studies provide scientific evidence showing GE foods cause severe health problems. And the first-ever lifetime feeding study shows they can cause multiple organ damage and massive cancerous tumors.

The core issue of this vote goes far deeper than just food labels (although transparent and truthful labeling is crucial). Do you really want to be kept in the dark about what's in your food? Relinquishing your power regarding food choice, freedom, and control to Big Food?

Anyone who votes against this initiative is, in essence, doing just this.

November 6 is drawing near. Over the next 2 weeks, your help is needed like never before. The pro-California Proposition 37 for the Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food group needs your help, donations, and support for their volunteer activities.

Talk to your friends and neighbors and ask them to vote for Proposition 37 on November 6th. If you have friends and family living elsewhere in the state, give them a call. It's critical that we make sure California voters have accurate information."


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As I expected California's Proposition 37 regarding labeling of GMOs did not pass -- good news is it did garner many votes and much attention to the need to know what is in our food.

Thought I'd share this email that I received today from The Institute for Responsible Technology Food Policy Fund is a 501©(4) non-profit organization engaging in advocacy and legislative lobbying activities:

Dear Lisa,

Perspectives on Prop 37 (Plus a New GMO-Free Zone in US)

First of all, let’s celebrate with San Juan County, Washington, for passing its GMO-Free County initiative. Growing GMOs in the San Juan Islands will shortly be illegal. Thanks to all the great volunteers (and the 60% of the voters) who made that possible. I had the great pleasure of doing a speaking tour on three of the islands in September; their campaign was truly an inspiration. Well done San Juan County!

Prop 37

California’s Prop 37 campaign was the latest (and greatest) expression of the rising anti-GMO tide in the US that has swelled over the last 2-3 years. Other expressions have included the popularity of the Non-GMO label in grocery stores, the huge number of activists working on GMO issues, the unprecedented GMO coverage in the media, and the 19 state legislatures that considered GMO labeling bills. These are all early signs of a coming tipping point of consumer rejection. What sets Prop 37 apart, however, was how profoundly it has accelerated anti-GMO sentiment in both quantity and quality.

Huge numbers of people became aware for the first time that they were eating GMOs—we have changed the whole conversation. And numerous actors, chefs, musicians, artists, filmmakers, politicians, comedians, and others chimed in support of our side for the very first time. Being against GMOs or pro-labeling has clearly become cool.

From the quality perspective, I was blown away by the enthusiasm, competence, and utter devotion of the California volunteers. What I witnessed in the more than 50 events I attended throughout the state over the last 90 days was totally unique in my experience. The depth and solidarity of commitment to this issue is profoundly established.

Although we narrowly lost on the vote, the campaign has propelled our movement forward onto a whole new platform. I am more confident and optimistic than ever that we will soon achieve the tipping point that we all desire.

Please forward this email to other Prop 37 supporters. Please subscribe to our newsletter, Spilling the Beans, as we can’t wait to share some of the plans that are taking shape.

Congratulations to all those involved. And remember, this was part of a rising tide that is still rising!

Safe Eating,

Jeffrey M. Smith

The Institute for Responsible Technology Food Policy Fund is a 501©(4) non-profit organization engaging in advocacy and legislative lobbying activities.


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