“As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world
To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.”
The Buddha -- Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Prop 37 - YES!

Yes 37
Los Angeles City Council unanimously supports Proposition 37 - 10/24 (National Food Day).  Hooray!!!! (more pictures here)

Do you know what Monsanto means?
If yes YES 37!
If no  YES 37!
May you be healthy and stay away from GMO food!

This proposition will be the most important thing on the November 6 ballot that i will vote on. It might even be the most important thing that i ever vote on. GMO labeling is long overdue in this country, imho. After several months gathering signature to put the proposition on the ballot, with only a few weeks left to go, and with so many news about how the genetically engineered food coorporations like Monsanto, Dupont, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kelloggs, Nestle USA, Grocery Manufacturers Association ... are pouring money into ads to mystify, confuse the public, i could not help to wonder what social, political system we are having here. The people who cares about food like me could not rely on the government they voted for (Democrat or Republican) to make sure that the food system is protected from the exploitation of big for profit companies that they have to take the initiation to force the issue of food labeling.  Prior to this consumer groups like the Just Label It campaign has collected 1.2 million signatures on a petition to force the FDA to label GM foods to no avail.  I am not surprised because there are so many connections between the government and Monsanto.

In reading this article by Michael Pollan for the New York Times this morning i totally agree when he stated

"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."

This is an interview with farmer Howard Vlieger who noticed that his cows avoided the genetically modified Bt corn while  totally consuming the natural corn.

I urge you to do your own reseach on GMO (Genetically Modified Organism).  It might well be one of the most important discoveries you ever made. It sure was for me.

For those who live in California, please vote YES and for those who live in other states please keep this in mind and i sure hope that similar proposition will appear in the very near future.

May you be healthy and stay away from GMO food.

Additional information:

Genetic Roulette (watch for free until November 6)
The Future of Foods (watch for free)
California Right to Know
Unmasking the No on Prop 37 lies and dirty tricks
Opponents of Prop 37 misled voters 1
Opponents of Prop 37 misled voters 2
Seed Companies Control GM research in the US
Study in France linking GM maize to cancer
A Farmer's Concerns
What will you do for the food movement
GMO-Free campaign in India

Prop 37 - GMO Labeling
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