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Why We Must Label GMO Foods

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Genetically altered foods are a real and present danger to humanity. They are labeled now in 49 other countries, where sales aren't so impressive, and for good reasons.  

Genetically Engineered foods are pervasive and invasive, and have never, ever been proven to be safe to ingest.  Quite the contrary, numerous studies prove that they are harmful to internal organs and reproductive systems, and their pollens contaminate organic farms too.  

The people of California have a major opportunity to force labeling of these hazardous food products this November.  The YES on Proposition 37 Campaign is the place to stop in and help spread the word.  If you live in California, it is imperative that you write letters to your local editors and elsewhere, and state the arguments in favor of labeling.  

Letters should be short and concise but powerful.  Many strategies are possible, and your research can commence immediately.  Below is my latest letter, as an example.

Dear Editor:

Why we must label GMO foods

Today new foods, created in laboratories, are simply assumed to be safe. Even though they are genetically altered, with genes from just about anywhere inserted, if it looks like the previous food item, those who created it would like everyone to assume it's going to behave like the previous food item in terms of harm to internal organs and systems. Long-term safety testing is not required, and these new "foods" are pushed out onto grocery store shelves so that you and your families become the long-term guinea pigs. This is not an exaggeration.

It's not like this everywhere. The U.S. has been particularly resistant to the "precautionary principle," the idea that you prove something new is safe first before releasing it to the population. The U.S. has instead gone with the assumed-to-be-safe position, and if people are made ill in later years, they must then try to prove that the new altered products had any contribution to their illnesses. Is this a moral or responsible approach to food safety?

The large GMO producers have put in tens of millions of dollars to convince California not to label these foods. The "No on Prop 37" campaign flounders as its main spokesman, "Dr. Henry Miller", falsely claims to represent Stanford University, with from his ties to the tobacco industry, DDT, Exxon and even his over-the-top claim that the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns would somehow benefit the Japanese people!

Trust Mr. Miller if you like. Or vote Yes on Prop 37 and have the right to know if the food you put in your children is a Genetically Modified Organism or not. Since when did the right to know what one is actually eating become controversial?


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