Our Right to Know and Label GMOs Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Carol Brouillet, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm Carol Brouillet is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Recently my son and I attended a training in downtown Palo Alto to gather signatures for an initiative to require the labeling of GMOs. I hope that the people of Palo Alto will support this effort. We can begin gathering signatures in early February.
I feel well informed about many issues, but I was stunned to learn how prevalent GMOs are in the vast majority of foods consumed in our country.
I am honored to have Pamm Larry, the Initial Instigator of the California Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, on my radio show, Community Currency on the Progressive Rado Network, today.
The Committee for the Right to Know is a grassroots coalition of consumer, public health, environmental organizations, and food companies in California that is seeking the labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs).
The more you know about GMOs, the more that you would like to see them banned completely, but most people don't really know that much about them and have no idea how prevalent they are in our food. The people in Europe have banned GMOs, but the battle against GMOs has been more torturous in the US.
Pamm Larry is a grandmother from Chico, Ca. She calls herself the Initial Instigator of the California Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. Through on-the-ground, grassroots efforts, there are now 115+ community leaders who share her vision and have committed to getting this on the ballot, then won. They are joined by businesses, organizations, and folks from all over the country who want to know what's in their foods. She is Northern California Director of LabelGMOs.org. The Initiative has been approved and they are waiting for a summary, before they can begin gathering signatures.
The Initiative process is still daunting in California and requires tremendous effort and grassroots support. It will also have a huge impact upon the entire nation and the food industry, if it passes. This effort is illustrative of the battle between corporate power and profits, and human and environmental health and well being, the challenge of getting out simple truths about what we put inside our bodies, so that we can safeguard our health, the way we feel, our ability to function and act. It also exposes the failure of government to protect people, the collusion between corporations and the regulatory agencies and how the light, the truth can force change in policies that have tremendous repercussions in our health and throughout the world.
Get inspired. Hear Pamm's story and join this epic struggle. We can trump corporate power. Contact the organization if you would like to join the effort, more volunteers are necessary. Gathering signatures on petitions is a great way to directly educate, engage, mobilize, empower people to get involved, exercise their civic responsibilities, and overcome the atomization, powerlessness and apathy that are required for the persistence of unjust laws and policies. Pamm is a shining example of how one person can make all the difference in the world.
Posted by Carol Brouillet, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jan 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm
50 countries with over 40% of the world’s population already label genetically engineered foods, including the entire European Union. Even China labels genetically engineered foods. The Future of Food is an excellent documentary to watch on this subject, as well as One Man, One Cow, One Planet. 80% of the food in the US, unbeknownst to many Americans contain GMOs. The rise in allergies and cancer could be attributed to the American diet, perhaps not entirely caused by GMOs, but it certainly deserves scientific scrutiny and we should not be experimented en masse without our knowledge and consent. Genetically modified corn produces its own pesticide. Animals innately will avoid it and eat corn that has not been modified. GMO grains that have been "dumped" on third world countries facing crises are sometimes burned in protest rather than consumed. The reason I did the radio show on this topic is because the facts and science regarding GMOs is still not widely known. An excellent TED talk on the subject by Robyn O'Brien is well worth watching and is posted on the labelgmos.org website. The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act will have no cost impact on consumers or food producers. It simply adds a label to genetically engineered food. Companies change their labeling all the time. In an large advance poll, 75%+ of Californians said they would vote for Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods! If this initiative passes, it will be a huge step towards the transparency people deserve. Once people KNOW what is in their food, they can then make the informed choice to avoid the potential health risks of GMOs until more research on their long-term effects can be done.
Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton, on Jan 13, 2012 at 8:40 am Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Nature has forever and man has for centuries been genetically modifying plants and animals; you cannot buy a fruit or vegetable today that is not the result of hybridization. For example, the unhybridized predecessors of today's apples and bananas are inedible and un-nutritious.