Monsanto's Minions Attack Californians' Right to Know About GMOs

You can weigh in on the pros and cons of the California ballot initiative campaign to label GMOs in our food.

| March 1, 2012

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    The Organic Consumers Association is a non-profit public interest oganization, which campaigns for health, justice, sustainability, peace and democracy.

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On February 19th, the Sacramento Bee ran an opinion piece by Dan Morain full of lies about the California ballot initiative campaign to label GMOs. We asked our members to set the record straight by reading our rebuttal and posting comments to the article on the Sacramento Bee website (see below).

A flood of comments ensued, prompting the Bee to shut down the comment function. Then, on Saturday, Stuart Leavenworth, the Bee's editorial page editor, published a piece attacking the OCA that, like Morain's editorial, parrots Monsanto's talking points with no regard for the truth.

Again, we ask you to read Leavenworth's article and our point-by-point rebuttal, then post a comment defending freedom of speech and our right to know what's in our food. Please be polite and professional!

1. "Dan has his own personal views on this topic, which aren't necessarily those of the editorial board. Starting in 2004, the editorial board opined that foods that include genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should be labeled. As The Bee stated in an editorial that year, 'In the long run it should help, not hurt, the food industry by building consumer confidence, which is why food companies should embrace independent study and labeling.'"

The Bee knows they aren't going to get very far contradicting the opinion of 93% of the public who  support of our right to know what's in our food. Instead of attacking the CA ballot initiative to label genetically engineered food, they attack the initiative's supporters and spin lies about what might happen if the initiative passes...

2. "Last Sunday, columnist Dan Morain published a column about an Illinois osteopath and entrepreneur, Joe Mercola, who has put $500,000 into a proposed California initiative to require labeling of genetically modified foods. Dan's main beef was that an out-of-state activist was once again using the California initiative system for a pet proposal..."

3/1/2012 9:14:51 PM

a) if you ever eat in a restaurant and don't question the cleanliness or safety of the food, why are you complaining about GMO labelling? At least be consistent with your concerns. (If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you know what I mean.)... (B) It would be a lot easier to simply assume any food you buy in a store contains GMO (it probably does). Make those who claim theirs doesn't contain GMO prove it. (C) by.. ..Baden-Mayer Esq (?) POLITICAL Diretor....FUND.. A nd why exactly should we believe you either?

3/1/2012 7:51:39 PM

There is just so much craziness going on in the American food industry. Small, family farmers are being harassed and prosecuted by the government; literally systematically stalked, raided, and shut down while the big food companies decide what we get to know about what they are putting in the food we eat. Those same companies run the very federal agencies that are supposed to be in place to protect us. Instead they are just thugs who do the bidding of Monsanto and the other big food producers. I realize we are a capitalist society. I realize that money talks, especially in our shaky economy, but I am ashamed of who we have become. How did this happen? Shame on us!

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