The California Genetically Engineered Food Act of 2012, Ballot Proposition 37, is a simple bill to label genetically engineered food sold in grocery stores in California, just like they're labeled for consumers in over 60 countries around the world. The food is grown with toxic pesticides that cause cancer and birth defects. GMO food has not been safety tested on humans. Limited studies on animals suggest problems.
Big pesticide companies are spending one million dollars a day to confuse California voters about Prop 37. Monsanto and Dupont are the biggest donors with BASF, Bayer, Dow and Syngenta amounting to over $20 million. The other nearly $20 million is coming from Pepsico, Nestle, CocaCola and friends.
For the facts about Prop 37, we offer debunking. There are exemptions written in the law for common sense considerations that have been misrepresented by the opposition. It won't raise food costs, won't add red tape or bureaucracy or burden retailers, there are no incentives for lawsuits, and it is supported by thousands of California farmers, all leading businesses in the natural and sustainable food sector, and all leading labor groups.
To learn more about why labeling GMO food is important, watch the new documentary Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey Smith for free until election day on geneticroulettemovie.com. In it, many health professionals talk about how their patients get better when they stop eating GMO food. Jeffrey Smith spoke here at Ventura College along with Dr. Robyn Bernhoft, M.D. of Ojai, diplomat with Academy of Environmental Medicine. They explained peer reviewed scientific studies showing health risks from eating GMOs, including a a new, first-time long-term animal study.
With one week left, the polling is very close. We urge you to support Prop 37 at yeson37.org, so that California can be the first state to label GE food. Help now through donations, phone banking and social networking to get out the vote for labeling GMO food.
Jan Dietrick, MPH, President
Ron Whitehurst, PCA, Secretary
Co-Owners of Rincon-Vitova Insectaries, Inc.
and the D-Vac Company
Supporters of The Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology
Ron explains bugs (& GMOs) at our Grange's 1st place exhibit at Ventura County Fair, one of the educational events we did this year with coworkers and friends.