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Our Right to Know and Label GMOs

Original post made by Carol Brouillet, Barron Park, on Jan 12, 2012

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.

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

As usual, Carol does not know what she is talking about. GMO stands for genetically modified organisms and not "genetically engineered foods " as she states. Ignore her

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Svatoid: disagree

While GMOs (frankenfood) may or may not have a place, the way Monsanto markets and litigates, litigates, litigates is a sham.

My $.02.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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Posted by Carol Brouillet
a resident of Barron Park
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 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.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm

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Hang Luther Burbank!!!

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
on Jan 13, 2012 at 8:40 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

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.

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