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I can’t tell you how important it is to me to know where my food is coming from…

On November 6th, in California, there is a very important proposition on the ballot that would require food companies to label a food if it has GMO ingredients.

I’ve been talking about this initiative and now proposition for a while, because it’s not only important to those in California, it’s important to anyone who lives in the United States — or any country that has not yet called for the labeling of GMO foods. If this proposition is passed (Yes on Proposition 37), this could mean that all GMO ingredients — with some exceptions — would eventually be labeled in the U.S. since the action needed to be taken by the food companies to adhere to proposition would trickle over into all the other states — mainly because it would be easier to produce labels for all states instead of just California.

Because this is so important to me, I have some resources that I’d like to share with you to help you understand this proposition and hopefully support it — if you’re a California resident — by voting. If you’re not, you can support the proposition by helping give money so commercials can be aired that counter the opposition commercials which are already being run widely in the state.

So here, we go…

A Good Place to Start…

If you’re unsure of the impact labeling GMOs can have and why it’s important, our Nutiva and Elevate friends have put together this easy to understand video.

This one is good to pass along to your friends or family members so they can learn about what we’re dealing with here…

Food Companies Behaving Badly

Of course, you’ve come to expect this, but here’s some information from the CA Right to Know website that has exposed some of the ways the food companies are fighting this proposition.

Here’s one of the highlights…

The only honest thing about the No on 37 ads is the disclaimer that tells us who’s funding this campaign of deception — Monsanto and Dupont, the same companies that told us DDT and Agent Orange were safe.

Yet incredibly, it seems to be working. Henry Miller’s hypocritical script in a misleading ad campaign that was discredited as soon as it began has taken a big hit out of the support for Prop 37.

In the ad, Miller claims the exemptions included in Prop 37 are “illogical” and included “for special interests.” As if the companies for which he is working – the biggest special interests of all – would be in favor of Prop 37 if it were even stronger.

They would not. For the record, the exemptions are common sense. They follow the trajectory of labeling bills in the Europe Union and all around the world. Prop 37 will cover the vast majority of genetically engineered foods that consumers are eating – the food on supermarket shelves.

Basically, the food industry is spinning lies to make sure their investment in bio-technology is protected.

Not fair, but it’s working, since many voters — unfortunately — will vote based on a 30 second commercial spot.

Scary.

Michael Pollan Weighs In

Michael Pollan just wrote a piece in the New York Times about supporting our right to know what is in our food.

You can catch the whole thing here.

Here is a highlight…

The industry is happy to boast about genetically engineered crops in the elite precincts of the op-ed and business pages — as a technology needed to feed the world, combat climate change, solve Africa’s problems, etc. — but still would rather not mention it to the consumers who actually eat the stuff. Presumably that silence owes to the fact that, to date, genetically modified foods don’t offer the eater any benefits whatsoever — only a potential, as yet undetermined risk. So how irrational would it be, really, to avoid them?

(Not that irrational.)

And another…

Americans have been eating genetically engineered food for 18 years, and as supporters of the technology are quick to point out, we don’t seem to be dropping like flies. But they miss the point. The fight over labeling G.M. food is not foremost about food safety or environmental harm, legitimate though these questions are. The fight is about the power of Big Food. Monsanto has become the symbol of everything people dislike about industrial agriculture: corporate control of the regulatory process; lack of transparency (for consumers) and lack of choice (for farmers); an intensifying rain of pesticides on ever-expanding monocultures; and the monopolization of seeds, which is to say, of the genetic resources on which all of humanity depends.

Good paragraph, eh?

You Still Trust Them?

Monsanto is suing farmers for saving seeds.

Yes, they’re suing farmers for doing exactly what farmers for thousands and thousands of years have done — harvest your crop and then save the seeds for next year.

Monsanto has stated that saving GMO seeds for the next year is technically stealing seeds — since they have a patent on them — and the farmer is required to buy new seeds every year.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Here’s an article in the Washington Post that explains what is going on.

Here’s a highlight…

Monsanto has a policy that prohibits farmers from saving or reusing the seeds once the crop is grown, ensuring that farmers have to buy new seeds every year.

And another…

The company has filed lawsuits around the country to enforce its policy against saving the seeds for the future.

Celebs Like Labeling Too!

Here’s a video of some of our favorite celebrities standing up for GMO labeling.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t recognize half of them. Can anyone help me out?

Your Mission…

To spread or pass along one of these today. Pick the one you feel will be the best to send and do it!

Your Question of the Day: Once you’ve shared, please say you did below. (I’ll be disappointed if there’s only a few comments here. This is important stuff, so please take a moment and spread the message!)

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. The Spy Guy says:

    Wow, great video! I just LOVE it when QUALITY media is produced to help bring awareness to people. This is such a no-brainer!! Will be happy to share this :)

  2. Jen says:

    Just shared on Facebook. Important stuff, Kevin! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Goodie says:

    I agree that this issue is of the utmost importance! I would like to post the videos on my fb page but I don’t am not very tech savvy….how do I do it? :-)

    • Chenoa says:

      To share a video:

      At the top of the video there is a link that says “Share”. Click on that. Next a frame appears in place of the video with several things in it: a URL to the video, which is already selected – you can copy it by right-clicking and selecting “Copy”, and then you can paste it into an email or your Facebook status or a tweet. Below the link are the Facebook, Twitter and Google+ icons. To share on any of those sites, click its icon, and you will from there be given directions and options (you might need to log in, you can choose how to introduce the video, etc.).

      Hope that helps!

    • Jonathan says:

      Just go to your Facebook page and copy/paste this web address to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB1xHFwSYIg. When you do that, the celebs video will show up on your Facebook page.

    • Diane Whitlock says:

      Great video Kevin! Thanks and will certainly share on FB and tell others about this! Blessings to you and your little family!

  4. Gopi says:

    Thank you for what you are doing! I shared on facebook…this kind of stuff makes me mad. I really hope good sense and reason win back our right to know, to good pure food and everything from seed saving to food growing because that shouldnt even be negotiable! Its our birth right as far as Im concerned! :-)

  5. Kelley says:

    I live in CA and will be voting for Prop 37. However, could you please address the element of the law that allows small family owned businesses to be sued if they do not label things like baked goods? I want labeling for GMO’s also, but see this as an opportunity for some of the sue happy CA residents to take advantage of a situation. Some CA residents have a tendency to be sue happy. An amazing Integrative Medicine MD that has healed my family of unhealable health issues, is being sued by someone looking to get rich based on making ridiculous untrue claims. He is caught in a legal system that defends the criminals. It makes me ill to think that a person that has done as much good for our world is caught in a legal nightmare. I am all for GMO labeling for large corporations, but don’t want to see any honest small businesses caught in the crossfire.

    The opponents have also said the lawyer that helped craft the law has greatly benefited from other laws he has helped write. Please address this also.

    Could you also address that the law requires GMO labeling for US companies, but not countries like China. Does China not have GM food or is it impossible to monitor that labeling?

    It seems to me that this law is a great concept, but maybe the law needs some tweaking? Also, I wonder if the opponents are making up issues that aren’t really there. Again, I will be voting YES for Prop 37, but would love to understand more about the drawbacks of the law.

    • Lori says:

      Kelly – I can answer your question about the opposition’s claim that a trial lawyer helped craft Prop. 37, one who wrote other CA laws to his own financial benefit. I’m one of the area volunteer leaders for CA Right To Know, and I had written one of the campaign leaders, asking if the opposition’s claim that trial lawyer James Wheaton was involved. He’s the one the opposition has implicated in their ads. This is what the campaign leader wrote back:

      “It was written by a team- primarily Joe Sandler, Andy Kimbrell and other lawyers from CFS [Center for Food Safety], David Bronner, Grant Lundgerg, John Fagan,OCA [Organic Consumer's Association] and was looked at by NonGMO Project, UNFI and other groups. Jim Wheaton came in a few weeks before handing it in to be the hired, official proponent. He looked at it for glaring problems with countering CA law as he is a professor of law at both Berkeley and Stanford. That’s it.”

      This another example of the opposition taking a half-truth and twisting, contorting and blowing it out of context. They do that with every single one of their claims.

      As for your concern that small, family-owned businesses could be sued because they do not label baked goods is simply not going to happen. This is definitely the opposition’s fear mongering. There is no lawsuit incentive since there is a 30 day cooling off period to rectify any mislabeling problem before a lawsuit can even proceed. And, if it should proceed, the lawsuit must be dropped as soon as corrective action by the business is taken. This is geared toward the food processing companies. No one is concerned about the infractions of small, family owned businesses. As for them, if they don’t provide an accurate ingredient list disclosing any GMO’s, the customer, if so motivated, would just point out that fact. The people running the small business probably weren’t disclosing the fact because they just weren’t aware, and they could then start disclosing – there is no grounds for a lawsuit.

      The opposition’s ‘confusion campaign’ of propaganda is really easy to see through once you know who is behind it (Monsanto). The site carighttoknow.org does a good job setting the record straight. There is no hidden agenda on our side so we tell it like it is, unlike the opposition. I’m very glad that you are voting Yes on 37. Please let me know if I can clarify anything else about what you are seeing, hearing and reading in the media.

  6. Kathleen Tammaro says:

    Thanks so much for supporting Prop 37, Kevin! I am always so grateful when people with influence use it for good. There is so much that I could say about labeling GMOs. I have been trying to educate people about Prop 37 for months. The ‘No on Prop 37′ ads keep talking about increased costs to the consumer. That is based on the premise that everyone will eat organic to avoid GMOs once they are labeled. Nothing could be further from the truth. People can eat whatever they like. It will just be labeled. I have been using this as my argument too. Feel free to borrow! ‘In an age when farmers are feeding arsenic to chickens, I am amazed that people oppose Prop 37. For those who do, I invite you to eat a conventional tortilla chip. The GMO corn that was used to make the chip was doused in the herbicide Roundup. The GMO soy, corn, canola, or cottonseed oil that it was fried in was also soaked in Roundup and the oil was extracted using the toxin hexane. Would you spray a corn chip with Raid and then feed it to your family? Never. But I bet that you don’t think twice about feeding them a conventional (aka GMO) corn chip. I have studied the GMO issue very carefully. In fact, I eat 100% organic now to avoid insecticides, herbicides, GMOs, and hexane-extracted oils. In addition to GMO labeling, I sincerely hope that it will soon be mandated that food manufacturers must list everything toxic that is sprayed on crops or fed to animals. If you feed chickens arsenic, that is an ingredient. It should be listed. If you saturate your soy with Roundup, that’s an ingredient. List it. People value their health and they want to know what is in their food. Prop 37 should pass.’ For anyone who is interested in seeing the lengths that Monsanto will go to hide the truth, please watch this fascinating short video clip. http://youtu.be/axU9ngbTxKw

  7. Sibernie says:

    In North America we all have the right, like 50 other countries, to know what’s in our food so we can make informed and educated choices about whether to buy it or not. I can only support GMO labeling in California in spirit since I am not American.

    If you live in Canada, Zach Schieck has started a petition in Ontario to support GMO labeling in this country. His goal is one million signatures. Please sign it and forward the website to everyone you know. If we don’t stand up for our food rights and food freedom and food security, who will? Here’s the URL for the petition:

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/mandatory-labeling-of-genetically-modified/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=system&utm_campaign=Send%2Bto%2BFriend

    Unless you and your family enjoy being human guinea pigs in this absurd and dangerous, continent-wide GMO experiment, you need to speak up before it’s too late. Foods containing GMOs must be labeled and those that are Non-GMO should also be labeled. Let the consumer choose.

    Remember: “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” — Edward R. Murrow

  8. Carol says:

    Although I live in Canada I posted it in case someone knows a voter in CA. We don’t have labeling here also and I hope this vote will help us here too.

  9. Sandy says:

    Hi Kevin- I think my family & friends are pretty sick of hearing me talk about this but it’s sooo important I can’t shut up until Prop 37 passes. I’ve donated money & passed along all the videos & articles I could. Thank you for all of your work on getting the message out. The rest of the nation is watching…

  10. Josie says:

    Just to let you know, I shared that first video on Facebook last week, and have just seeded the Ca Right to Know blog post on Newsvine. While I no longer live in California, I do feel that it is important to get this word out to as many people as possible. Thanks for this.

  11. Velda says:

    There are so many that have bought the lies of the opposition to 37. It is so hard to combat the lies. This was a great article, Kevin. I not only posted it on FB, I also sent it to a guy that believes the lies. Thank you!!

  12. Linda says:

    I’ve been spreading it all around everywhere I can. I’m not in CA, but have been watching what’s happening on Prop 37 very closely. My facebook and twitter peeps are probably getting tired of me, especially since most of them don’t live in CA. I just hope I’ve done my small part in helping raise awareness.

    I take issue with the idea that people haven’t been dropping like flies. Actually, they have. As a baby boomer I’ve seen the deterioration of heath over several generations from my great-grandparents and their peers through my grandchildren and theirs. I’ve never seen sick children in the percentages of this generation, miscarriages and prenancy complication in my kids’ generation, and the alarming increase in infertility in the current young adult population. I’m grateful my kids are healthy. But then, they grew up eating real food made at home, and that’s how they’re feeding their own kids. Still, outside our fortunately very healthy immediate family, I’ve never known so many people with cancer, with digestive diseases, and with such a host of degenerative diseases.

    While I don’t believe GMOs are entirely responsible – there are a whole host of unhealthy foods, habits, and such toxic elements in our environment that absolutely affect health. Still, since the sneaky introduction of GMOs into our food supply in the last two decades, all of these problems have increased exponentially. It’s long past time for GMOs to come out of the closet and into the awareness of the general public. We have a right to know what’s in our food. period. Mazel tov, California. The world is watching, and the rest of the country is counting on you.

    • Deloris says:

      “I take issue with the idea that people haven’t been dropping like flies. Actually, they have. As a baby boomer I’ve seen the deterioration of heath over several generations from my great-grandparents and their peers through my grandchildren and theirs. I’ve never seen sick children in the percentages of this generation, miscarriages and prenancy complication in my kids’ generation, and the alarming increase in infertility in the current young adult population. I’m grateful my kids are healthy. But then, they grew up eating real food made at home, and that’s how they’re feeding their own kids. Still, outside our fortunately very healthy immediate family, I’ve never known so many people with cancer, with digestive diseases, and with such a host of degenerative diseases. ”

      You hit the nail on the head! That’s exactly it! While I can surmise that we have an overpopulation problem (maybe), the real problem is our rampant consumerism and the horrible way we eat and treat the planet. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were not even close to as unhealthy as we are. So, I would say that yes, we are dropping like flies. :( Slow drunk flies.

  13. Chenoa says:

    Shared on Facebook and Twitter. I too feel that this is immensely important!

  14. The celebs video is going on GreenJoyment.com and going out in the newsletter (sends to 20,000+) tomorrow.

    Thank-you for continuing to drive the importance of GMO labeling Kevin!

    Jonathan

  15. rainier says:

    I shared both videos on FB but how do I post the link to your article on FB? This is a great article. Thanks.

  16. Marliza says:

    I have been promoting the horrors of GMO foods since early in 2000. I have been signing petitions and forwarding information to my email list and postings on Facebook about supporting prop 37. I have gone into
    Whole Foods and asked the manager why? Why are you marketing and selling so many GMO foods? I am personally boycotting Whole Foods and you should too. They say their store would be over half empty if not for GMO foods. I say, the shelves would be empty for one year . . . until farmers once again began planting non-GMO crops.

  17. Andrea says:

    Hi, this is amazing information thank you! Kevin, I seem to be on a similar journey that you embarked on. I have to know how you got started! Did you need to do any training or school before starting everything?

  18. Cindy says:

    I don’t have a FB, so I passed it along on my daughter’s FB instead. I also talk about it all the time to my family members. Some of them care, & then there’s those who don’t, which is sad.

  19. Jenni says:

    Shared both on fb. Not too many comments here though :(

  20. Ida says:

    I’m not from CA, but I’d deffinetly vote Yes. But what about all the other added stuff that in boughten food that a common person doesn’t know the meaning to? They’ll just come up with something else/different name.

  21. Deloris says:

    Will be posting it to my blog site. :) VERY important info! :)

  22. Shannon says:

    I shared this on Facebook even though I am in Canada. I know that if California votes yes on Prop 37 then other consumers will demand their food be labelled too. In the meantime I write to companies and tell them I will no longer buy their products unless they voluntarily label the ones they can as non-GMO. Thank-you to everyone working to help get Prop 37 passed.

  23. Deborah says:

    Hi Kevin, I live in the ? Lucky country down under.
    Australia just loves to copy America.
    So…. It’s really important to win this one for all our
    sakes. We should all have the right to know!

  24. Barbara says:

    Start boycotting GMO foods right now. Hurt big biotech agri before the election.
    Do this If you eat processed foods especially but conventional fruits veggies etc too.

    Eat whole live foods that are organic. Its worth paying the price for your health and the planet. If you really can’t afford organic, do it up to the election at least. And take this point viral too along with the videos you’re sharing.

    BOYCOTTS work.

  25. Esther Sullivan says:

    Dear Kevin,

    My best wishes to both of you, in fact, now all three of you.

    Thank you for your determination to bring to our notice the GMO labelling matter. I just wonder how much of what we are eating in the UK is GMO’d.

    I came upon the following link, which I thought was really powerful, and convincing – about not only protecting our bellies, but also the earth.

    http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2010/07/15/vandana-shiva-on-global-sustainability/

    In great admiration

    Esther

  26. Alison Bourre says:

    Hi Kevin,
    I’m sharing both of these videos as a first step in my participation to spread the word about GMOs and labelling in Canada. I wish I could vote YES on 37. Hopefully in the near future we Canadians will get the chance to vote Yes to GMO labelline. Best of Luck and keep up the great work!
    Sincerely,
    Alison Bourre
    Ontario, Canada

  27. Annette says:

    Done! on Facebook :)

  28. Marzena says:

    Hi,
    I have another good video on GMO to add. It is in 10 parts but a lot of great info.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKABsyX6SM8

    and the link for Canadians to sign a letter to officials against GMO

    http://cban.ca/Resources/Topics/GE-Crops-and-Foods-Not-on-the-Market/Alfalfa/Minister-Ritz-Stop-GM-Alfalfa

    thanks Kevin

    Marzena

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