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Californians for GE Food Labeling Coalition rally to kick off campaign in 2014

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Sacramento, CA - The Californians for GE Food Labeling Coalition launched its campaign today to label genetically modified organisms (GMOS) in food in 2014. Bob McFarland, President of the California State Grange announced the names of the growing coalition today in an official statement to the press.

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The Coalition includes Biosafety Alliance, California Democratic Party Sustainable Food and Agriculture Caucus, Californians for Pesticide Reform, California State Grange, Center for Food Safety, Consumers Union, Environmental Working Group, Food Democracy Now!, Food and Water Watch, Friends of the Earth - US, Good Earth Natural Foods,, Organic Consumers Association, Pesticide Action Network North America and Pesticide Watch Education Fund dedicated to labeling genetically engineered food in California.

Proposition 37 opened the door and educated people about genetically modified foods

Accepting defeat by less than one percentage point in 2013, McFarland was staunch, "Proposition 37 opened the door and educated people about GMOS. More and more evidence becomes available everyday that foods containing these organisms are not healthy for human consumption."

McFarland says the momentum began in 2013 will continue to build in 2014. "Monsanto, Bayer, Coca Cola and many other corporate food interests collectively spent over 40 million dollars in 2013, to prevent Californians from knowing with a simple clear label, which of the foods in our grocery stores are genetically engineered. Well, in 2014, they can plan to spend a few hundred million more, because 67% of Americans in poll after poll demand labeling in GE food, and we ain’t goin’ nowhere."

Rally Monday morning January 6th 2014 in Sacramento

The Coalition will host a rally to take place on the west steps of the capitol Monday morning January 6th in Sacramento. Groups are calling on consumers to switch their food purchases to cooperatives and consumer service agriculture and reference a national directory at local harvest and the non-gmo shopping guide.

Event speakers include: Pamm Larry, initial instigator of Proposition 37 and current Director of Label GMOs, Zen Honeycutt, Director of Moms Across America (MAAM), social justice songwriter/musicians Jenn Rogar and Barclay Neumann, Adam Scow from Food and Water Watch, Kelly Sutton MD, Miguel Robles, Director of Biosafety Alliance, Sylvia Wu of the Center for Food Safety, Bob McFarland, President of the California State Grange and Paul Towers of Pesticide Action Network North America.

Genetically engineered/ modified food labeling laws now exist in over 60 countries world-wide

Genetically engineered food (GE) / genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling laws now exist in over 60 countries world-wide. The labeling helps consumers know which foods have been altered by the practice of having artificially transferred genetic information between species as far apart from each another as animal and fish genes into fruits and vegetables; a practice that has now been employed since as early as the year 2000 into 70-80% of the foods in mass market grocery stores.

The genetic engineering of foods has led to the creation of mutagens in the human body labeling proponents claim as well as livestock and poultry; as the practice, and as the chemical glyphosate, the main ingredient in Round up is used to spray the grasses and grains the livestock eat. Complaints known and health effects in laboratory studies consist of allergies in humans while more recent laboratory tests have shown cancerous tumors in lab rats. Without a labeling system for the engineered foods however, there is no way to know to what extent whether such practices would be the reason for spikes in inflammation, birth defects, infertility, heart and kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, and or obesity.

We're back to label genetically engineered/ modified foods in California

McFarland added relentlessly, "We have a bill, and we need legislators to support it so that voters can vote yes to labeling genetically modified foods. We are inspired by the massive national momentum the State of California championed in our 2012 Prop 37 action. Connecticut and Maine have passed GE Labeling Bills, and there are now some 95 GE Labeling bills being worked on throughout the USA in 25 states, including active bills in NY, MA, NJ, and others."

Confident to take on the big corporate food interests, McFarland furthered, "WE’RE BACK to urge support for introduction of a GE labeling law in 2014. Our mission is to compel our State Assembly members and Senators to author or co-author a bill that will label GE Foods throughout California."

A quick background on the genetically engineered/ modified foods issue

Consumers groups have been fighting genetic engineering of the food and seed supply since the late 90s when since Monsanto won both a patent on the resulting products claiming uniqueness while also its opposing end, approval generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for general wide distribution in American food markets from the FDA.

Beyond horror, this allowed Monsanto to sue and confiscate over 4500 American farmers lands for patent infringement, while at the same time allowing Monsanto to flood an unsuspecting market with a monopoly of food with a terminator status in that the giant will eventually own the majority of the seed supply and farmers are not allowed to save their own seeds.

Earlier in 2013 world-wide protests caused a trending on twitter mainstream outlets could not ignore and so reported an estimated one million Americans protesting in the streets on the dedicated day. These protests further exposed the practice to the American public alongside numerous books written and documentaries filmed on the subject, not to mention pending legislation in nearly every legislative body of the county; a massive contamination of the food supply authorized by a fascistic marriage of corporation and governmental interests.

Genetically engineered / genetically modified food health impacts

Food and Water Watch reported too at about the same time last year, on a new review of hundreds of scientific studies surrounding glyphosate—the major component of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide— that sheds light on its effects within the human body. The paper describes how all of these effects could work together, and with other variables, trigger health problems in humans, including debilitating diseases like gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease.

Ecowatch reported earlier this month that a scientific journal published a study in 2012 linking cancer with Monsanto’s genetically modified corn but has now retracted it, months after hiring a former Monsanto employee to fill a new editorial position reviewing biotechnology papers. ROF Radio published pictures of the rats in the study treated with GMOS having large tumors on their bodies.

Further resources:

California State Grange

Californians for GE labeling

Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of Our Lives (Full Length) HD

Institute for Responsible Technology

Koons, Deborah Garcia The Future of Food netflix or blockbuster

Local enter your zip code to know where to buy organic food or to have it delivered to your door of your home or office

National Geographic The End of Cheap Oil (Oct 7, 2013) see the permaculture solution the last one half an hour

Non GMO Shopping Guide & Application for your smart phone

Null, Gary Seeds of Death Documentary. Watch online here

Organic Consumers Association Countries & Regions with GE Food/Crop Bans

Supreme Court of the United States No. 13-303 Petitioners Reply Brief. Public Patent Foundation NY. Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, et al v Monsanto Company and Technology LLC

Yes on 37!



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