November 6th is a big big day for those of us in The States. I hope all of you are planning to vote in the election tomorrow. No matter what you think your vote does matter. In general I stay clear of speaking on politics, yet I will offer my views on the importance of voting YES on Prop 37 for those of us in California.
The intention of Prop 37 is for all food to be labeled if it contains genetically modified foods (lab altered foods). The state of California’s vote on Prop 37 will pretty much set the standard for the rest of the country.
When I looked at the site specifically supporting NO on Prop 37 they say that labeling GMO foods will raise the cost of food. In truth the companies that are using GMO foods in their “organic/natural” brands and other brands will no longer be supported by customers who are opposed to GMO’s. Interestingly enough the companies that support NO on Prop 37 are most likely the companies that use GMO’s.
These same companies that support NO on Prop 37 actually “confessed” to using genetically modified seeds and foods by funding against it. Here are some of the large corporations that support NO on Prop 37 and how much they contributed to fight it.
Bayer CropScience: $1,618,400
Dow Agrosciences: $1,184,800
Council for Biotechnology Information: $375,000; Biotechnology Industry Organization: $250,000
Grocery Manufacturers Association: $375,000
Pepsico: $1,716,300 (They own Pepsi, Naked Juice, Near East, Frito Lay, Tropicana, Quaker, Gatorade, Tostitios & more)
Nestlé: $1,169,400 (They own Tribe Mediterranean Foods-“certified organic” hummus, Cerelac, Gerber, Lean Cuisine, Maggi, Stouffer’s, DiGiorno, Carnation, Nestea, PowerBar & more)
Coca Cola: $1,164,400 (They own Odwalla-“natural & organic” smoothies, juices & food bars, Dannon, Del Valle, Fuze Healthy Infusions, Godiva Belgian Blends, Minute Maid, Nature’s Own, Simply Juices & more)
ConAgra Foods: $1,076,700 (They own Banquet, Chef Boyardee, David Seeds, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt’s, Kid Cuisine, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, Pam, Reddi-Wip, Slim Jim, Snack Pack, Wesson & more)
Kellogg’s: $632,500 (They own Morningstar Farms vegetarian food & Kashi whole grain cereal, snacks & entrees & more)
General Mills: $519,401.17 (They own Cascadian Farms, Larabar, Food Should Taste Good & Muir Glen organic brands, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Gold Medal, Good Earth, Macaroni Grill, Old El Paso, Nature Valley, Progresso, Yoplait & more)
J.M. Smucker: $388,000 (They own Santa Cruz Organic, Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter, R. W. Knudsen Family Just Juice, Red River Hot Cereal & more)
Hormel Foods: $374,300
Ocean Spray: $301,553.21( juices, dried fruit, fresh fruit, sauces & snacks)
Dean Foods: $253,950 (They own Horizon Organic and Alta Dena dairy products)
Cargill: $202,229.36 (They own Del Monte, Sara Lee, Sunny Delight, Land O’ Lakes, and McCormick spices)
I will say it took me a long time to go through these corporations to see what food brands and companies they own. No wonder these big corporations don’t want GMO labeling. So many of America’s trusted brands are supporting GMO foods and don’t want us to know about it!
What really upsets me is that the top baby food and baby formula companies are owned by GMO supporting brands!
You are probably thinking the same thing that I was before doing more research. What is the problem with genetically modified foods? For starters, GMO crops contain their own pesticides. These crops also have the possibility of contaminating the soil creating a domino effect of polluting our environment and creating mutant genes that can cause havoc on other plants, animals, and people. There is also not enough evidence to know the health problems that can stem from GMO foods. I’m not interested in being a test lab animal. On a bigger scale the European Union, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom as well as other countries have banned GMO’s. What’s really going on in the States? Read 8 Reasons GMO’s are Bad For You.
It seems as if GMO’s are just another way for large corporations to continue to make excessive amounts of money while disregarding the true consequences on people and the environment.
It is the same thing that so many cosmetic corporations have done using cheap synthetic toxic chemicals in our beauty products instead of pure natural ingredients. Genetically modified foods are not a good thing. No matter what happens with Prop 37, let’s continue to support our local organic farmers and continue to vote with our dollars by buying organic and toxic free products. Tomorrow please vote YES on Prop 37!
Sources & More Info:
Yes on 37: Right to Know
Why the Food Industry Is Spending $25 Million To Keep You in the Dark
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