Please Join Me is Supporting Proposition 37 in California
by Kimberly Hartke
I had heard of the bio tech industry, but never knew what that meant until getting involved in the local food movement. At one time, I was the typical American consumer, using Monsanto’s Roundup in my garden (once I killed every blade of grass in my entire yard with the stuff, in order to “start over”).
But today, I try and pull every weed by hand, and try to avoid GMO ingredients in my food, and even go so far as to insist my farmers cease using GMO ingredients in their livestock feed.
What I have learned about these GMO ingredients has also led me to donate to support the campaign for Proposition 37, which is on the ballot this November. Proposition 37 will require GMO labeling in California.
And, we need your help to get it passed!
Monopoly Power Sought by Biotech Industry is Anti-American
First, why I avoid GMO’s.
Genetically modified organisms are created by the bio tech industry with an end goal of patenting all seeds and thus controlling the world’s food supply.The industry’s behavior to that end is despicable.
One leading bio tech firm files suit against innocent non-GMO farmers when GMO seeds are wind blown across a fence and contaminate neighboring fields. They work to drive seed saving companies out of business. They are buying up all the seed companies to try and control the market. They repeatedly put their corporate attorney into USDA political appointee positions to further their agenda and to rubber stamp their greed.
GMO’s are a Danger to Your Health
If that monopoly power doesn’t give you pause, perhaps the health consequences of GMO in the food supply, will.
Genetically modified organisms are designed to do two things. Allow farmers to use massive amounts of herbicides on their crops, without killing them. They are also modified to make seeds infertile and unable to reproduce, so that farmers can’t save seeds and must buy more each year.
GMO’s have been shown to cause infertility in animals that eat them, as well as organ damage. Could it be that the herbicide residue is still toxic to animals and humans (as, of course, we have not been genetically modified to tolerate them)? And, perhaps whatever makes the seeds sterile causes infertility in those who consume them? Not near enough research has been done on this.
What You Can Do to Help
Read Dr. Mercola’s excellent article today on the effort to stop Biotech firms from spreading these poisoned foods further into our food supply.
We have only 30 days to make sure that Proposition 37 is fairly considered by the citizens of California. If GMO Labeling is required there, it will be likely that the labeling will be available nationwide, particularly from national brands which would rather not go to the expense of special labels for just one state.
Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund campaign. The money will be spent on grassroots organizing, advertising. We are up against a $25 million dollar war chest put together by Bio tech and Big Food. Your donation will definitely help.
If you live in California, please get on the phone, educate your neighbors about GMOs. Let them know how vital their vote is. The rest of America is watching!
If you are on twitter, facebook or active in any organization, please use your influence on behalf of this campaign.
Kimberly Hartke is a featured blogger with RealFoodMedia.com, a blog network devoted to green living and true organic agriculture.