Proposition 37 Fails In California …. Or Was It Still A Win Win For Opponents Of GMOs?
(Healingtalks) The measure to require most foods made with genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled failed to pass in California. However, about was significantly behind early Wednesday 40% of Californians voted for it, highly raising public awareness of the issue.
Proposition 37 would have given consumers the right to know whether foods that have been genetically altered are on the shelves of their food store, in their shopping carts and on their plates.
Opponents argued that the labels would stigmatize foods that are scientifically proven to be safe. OF course the real truth is that the studies showing GMOs are unsafe are legion, and that the industry and government have systematically suppressed this information because too much profit and control of the industry is at stake.
Had the measure passed, California would have been the first state in the nation to pass such an initiative.
“We said from the beginning that the more voters learned about Prop. 37, the less they would like it,” said Kathy Fairbanks, a spokeswoman for the opposition. “We didn’t think they would like the lawsuits, more bureaucracy, higher costs, loopholes and exemptions. It looks like they don’t.” Opponents argued that the price of new California labels, or the cost manufacturers will incur would be passed on to consumers. This cost was fabricated. The No campaign calculated households would pay $400 more a year in grocery bills. There was no independent study to show that. The truth is that the cost of medical bills and loss of vitality from eating GMOs is was is incalculably huge.
Still a Win?
“Whatever happens tonight, this is a win,” said Grant Lundberg, CEO of Lundberg Family Farms, co-chair of Yes on 37. “Never before have millions of Californians come together to support giving consumers a choice about genetically engineered foods.”
Money Forces 7 to 1 Edge
Large agribusinesses and chemical companies such as Monsanto and Dow, plus processed food manufacturer giants, including PepsiCo raised more than $45 million to defend their turf of giving consumers junk and unhealthy foods so that they could keep making profits off the same. The Yes campaign raised about $6.7 million, by comparison, mostly from the organic industry, consumer groups and alternative medical care providers.
GMOs Doing Harm
About 70 to 80 percent of processed foods sold in the United States are made with GMOS, especially when the ingredients are corn, soybeans, sugar beets and cottonseed oil. The seeds for these crops have been genetically altered in laboratories for a variety for reasons, the most common being to make them resistant to pests and weeds, or to tolerate chemicals that the same giant corps are selling. In the meantime eating genetically engineered foods risks a variety of illnesses, from minor allergies, to infertility to organ damage. In addition, weeds are rapidly developing resistance so that ever more toxic poisons are used to grow our foods.
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