Grocery Costs Myth and Prop 37

Proposition 37 is a ballot measure that requires simple, clear labels letting consumers know if foods are genetically engineered. It was written with broad input from food groups, industry, science, legal and health experts and qualified for the November ballot with more than 1 million signatures from California citizens.

“Large processed food companies have always claimed that giving consumers basic information about their food – using labels – would increase their grocery costs. And every time…it’s been a lie. Now those same companies are at it again, making more outlandish claims that your grocery bill will skyrocket under Proposition 37-which requires labels for GMO’s. Well IT’s NOT TRUE! And we’re fighting back…with the truth.”

To combat the growing intensity of deceptive advertising blanketing California airwaves – funded by the giant chemical and food corporations opposed to Proposition 37 at an estimated $1 million a day – Consumer Advocates for Safe Food and Water, sponsored by Food & Watch has created a second big wave of viral Internet celebrity videos and TV ads asking Californians to vote YES on Proposition 37.

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3 Reasons to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

In two weeks, Californians will head to the polls to vote on Proposition 37 and decide whether or not genetically modified foods (GMO) should be labeled. The following was originally posted on Yes on 37 – CA Right to Know site.

Prop 37 is a simple label for genetically engineered foods. Also called GMOs, these are plants or animals that have had their DNA artificially altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria, in ways that can’t occur in nature. Here are 3 reasons why we need to label genetically engineered foods.

1. We have a right to know what we’re eating and feeding our families. The right to know and the right to choose are fundamental American values; and 90% of Americans want to know if their food is genetically engineered. More than 50 other countries already require labels on genetically engineered food. California consumers have a right to this information too. If you think we have a right to know what’s in our food, vote yes on Prop 37.

2. Gambling with our health and our children’s health. A growing body of peer-reviewed studies link genetically engineered foods to allergies and other health problems. Despite these warnings, long-term health studies have not been conducted, and the US FDA requires no health or safety testing –  even though the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association say testing should be mandatory. The companies claim their genetically engineered foods are safe, but many people are skeptical of these studies because the companies are allowed to control the science and suppress research. While we wait for independent studies, let’s label genetically engineered foods so we have the right to choose for ourselves whether to take these risks. Continue reading

Right to Know: Vote Yes on Prop 37

To learn more about Prop 37 and Food & Water Watch’s campaign to make GE Labeling the Law, visit www.foodandwaterwatch.org/yeson37.

“What makes you think you have the right to know?” asks Danny DeVito in a witty, ironic public service announcement by the political action committee sponsored by consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch in support of Proposition 37. California’s ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods. A diverse, all-star cast joins DeVito in the “Right to Know” PSA, including Bill Maher, Dave Matthews, Jillian Michaels, Emily Deschanel, John Cho, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, KaDee Strickland and Kristin Bauer van Straten.

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