Last night I turned to Michael and said “Is it bad that I care more about a proposition in a state that I don’t live in more than the presidential election?” He immediately cut me off and said: “NO! This is what you are passionate about. This is what’s important to you.”
I really thought I would wake up this morning to find out that California would be the pioneer’s leading us in the fight against Big Agri. At 11pm EST I started to watch as the votes came in and it wasn’t looking good.
This was the reality, this is how the vote turned out:
Yes (support GMO labeling) – 4,194793 (47%)
No (oppose GMO labeling) – 4,723,681 (53%)
I woke up to the final results and I just got overwhelmed. My heart was beating out of my chest and my hands were shaking. It was weird. I don’t know why I got so upset? I looked down at Ella and a lump formed in my throat. I guess it was just that I felt so let down by the people. So angry that these corporations got to them. I thought this vote would be a no-brainer? Really? From more digging I found that many were afraid of rising food costs. Shame.
I was a little bit of a drama queen on facebook about the results.
Sometimes I get really worked up about things. I think I made my point. I was pretty fired up. People probably think I’m a little nuts but that’s okay. It felt better to vent. I really had hope that we could finally make waves and start fighting against companies like Monsanto. I couldn’t vote, I don’t live in California. I was just so horrified that those awful corporations came out on top!
These powerful corporations are so afraid of us consumers that they put 45+ million dollars into an anti-prop37 campaign.
This isn’t the first time.
In 2002 Measure 27, an initiative that would require all GMO’s (genetically engineered organisms) be clearly labeled was voted on. Several companies, including Monsanto kicked in some 6 million to ensure it be defeated, and it was.
So scary how much money these clowns are shelling out to ensure we stay in the dark. Doesn’t that frighten you?
GMO’s are BANNED in other countries such as: Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Asia: Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Japan, Phillipines, Europe: The European Union, Norway, Austria, Germany United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Greece, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Latin America: Brazil, Paraguay, Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Pacific: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Australia, New Zealand.
This time there was about 48 million spent to keep us eating blind…
Here is a list of the multi-national corporations behind the $45-$48 million ad campaign and the amount each contributed (from BeforeItsNews.com ):
MONSANTO COMPANY – $8,112,069
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO. – $5,400,000
PEPSICO, INC. – $2,145,400
GROCERY’S MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION – $2,002,000
BASF PLANT SCIENCE – $2,000,000
BAYER CROPSCIENCE – $2,000,000
DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC – $2,000,000
SYNGENTA CORPORATION – $2,000,000
KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL, INC. – $1,950,500
NESTLE USA, INC. – $1,461,600
COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA – $1,455,500
GENERAL MILLS, INC. – $1,230,300
CONAGRA FOODS – $1,176,700
KELLOGG COMPANY – $790,700
SMITHFIELD FOODS, INC. – $683,900
DEL MONTE FOODS COMPANY – $674,100
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY – $598,000
These corporations are so afraid that when things start getting labeled, consumers who now shop blind will start asking questions. After that they will start choosing companies who do not use GMO’s. Or demanding that they stop. Then greedy Monsanto and company will lose some profit. Us consumers are powerful. We are so very powerful and they know it. Just look at how corporations have changed things since movies like Food Inc. Our voices are being heard.
Why should I even care? I avoids GMO’s. I make sure my family doesn’t eat them. I know what to look for. I don’t mind spending a little extra on organic products — I live 90 seconds from a Whole Foods market and 30 seconds from a local GMO-free farm. What do I care what other people put in their bodies?
Well I do care. Very much. I care about the health care in this country. I know several people who still buy into the companies making health claims on the front of their products. Many who don’t worry about what’s in their food because by looking at it, “it looks healthy”. I know and have known too many people who have been stricken by cancer, food allergies, endocrine problems, allergic reactions (I know a health-conscious girl, that I went to high school with that got rushed to the ER with pesticide poisoning from grapes this summer!), the list goes on.
I whole-heartily believe that the rise in healthcare costs and health problems in this country are from what we are putting in our bodies and the environment (which is effected by how we grow and raise our food!)
The problem with our health care system is in how we treat our bodies. Sometimes it’s not our fault though. There are many that do not care but there are also many that do. Many times people think they are eating healthy but have no idea what’s in their food. Some people live in areas without health food markets or local produce. They don’t have a choice in what they eat—they can just eat the healthiest food that’s available to them. Then, there;s the fact that in moderation we like to enjoy food that isn’t the most nourishing. It’s my hope that when things start getting labeled, even our junk food will be less junky. The way it was a few decades ago. Maybe that’s a pipe dream.
What can we do now?
For starters, be an educated consumer. one good thing is that if a product is labeled 100% organic then it’s safe to say it’s GMO-free.
Become familiar with the most common applications of genetic modification. These are the products (and their derivatives) that are most likely to be genetically modified (remember, the ones not labeled as 100% USDA organic):
You also want to purchase 100% grass-fed USDA organic meat. Non-organic meat have been fed GMO corn (which isn’t even their natural diet, which causes more health issues in the animals)
Boycott the companies I listed earlier and look for companies that DO NOT make health claims on their packages and clearly label themselves as GMO-free. I have seen a few, and more have been popping up!
Support local farmers, ask what’s in your food, write to companies you purchase products from and GET INFORMED!
Join the fight!
Check out Food Babe(who posted the following quote the other day) and see all of the amazing grass-roots efforts against GMO’s. It’s not over. Robyn O’brien is another amazing woman that I admire who sheds light on the food industry. Her book, “ The Unhealthy Truth ” was so informative and completely eye-opening in regards to GMO foods and allergies/illnesses. I highly recommend it!
Other Links to check out:
Thanks for listening & to those that voted YES! Let’s not give up.