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Prop 37 – Forget The Concession Speech

on November 7 | in Uncategorized | by | with 30 Comments

Last Night, A Presidential Candidate . . .

Took the podium, sucked it up, and congratulated the victor. Nothing of that sort will be happening here today. Prop 37 appears to have been defeated – results are not final, but 94.8% of the vote is in. Because I’m boarding a plane soon, waiting for the results to publish this is next to impossible amidst connecting flights and airport madness. So without further ado, the post.

The great expectations for DDT have been realized. During 1916, exhaustive scientific tests have shown that, when properly used, DDT kills a host of destructive pests, and is a benefactor to all humanity . . . Today, everyone can enjoy added comfort, health and safety through the insect killing powers of Pennsalt DDT products”

TIME Magazine, 1940’s

Dear DDT Manufacturers,

You can stop benefacting us now. It’s been 40 years since your sweetheart product was banned, and yet thanks to a maddeningly long 150 year half-life it’s still hanging around.

That sweet, apron-clad girl dancing on sunbeams isn’t fooling anyone anymore. We know your product causes neurological problems such as Parkinsons, asthma, cancers of the liver, pancreas and breast, miscarriage, impaired child neurodevelopment, decreased sperm quality and possibly leukemia, lymphoma and testicular cancer (source1, source2). We no longer eat you with our breakfast cereal to prove how safe you are.

This month you spent $45 million trying to keep us in the dark about another one of your dirty little secrets, but we’re on to you. We know your track record. We know what independent safety studies say about your darling GMO’s, and we won’t stop until the world knows it too.

Agent Orange: “Essentially it’s so safe you can drink it”?(4) Mmmmn hmmmm.

Glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – has a history of “safe use for over 30 years in more than 130 countries.” Any evidence to the contrary is merely a “variation.” Riight.

There is “no rational reason” to warn the public of the health effects of PCB’s. And the increased IGF-1 levels in rGBH-treated milk are perfectly safe, too. Seriously?

GMO’s  – approved as safe despite no human safety studies. You say they’re no different than normal produce and yet you patent them to the nth degree. WHAT?

We May Not Be The Mothers . . .

Of this child, or this one, or this precious little life, but we are mothers (and sisters, fathers and brothers). We refuse not to learn the lessons that they have paid so dearly to teach us.

What is ugliness? It is not their faces, it is the reckless profiteering that would like to hide them away in asylums and dark corners of countries we will never visit. We choose to see, to be moved, and to act for the sake of future generations.

Because We Know The Truth, And We Say NO.

We say GMO’s are not the answer to the world’s food supply crisis.

In fact, it might even make it worse.

We say that we want our children’s children to have the ability to conceive and carry their babies to term, unlike the poor rats in this study who were born to mothers fed GM soy. The babies were significantly smaller than normal rats, half died within the first three weeks of life most the ones that survived were unable to have babies. In the same study the testicles of male rats turned from pink to blue and started producing dysfunctional sperm.

We know that GM food have the capability to pollute the human genome.

We know that GMO’s cannot be controlled once they are released into the environment, and top scientists fear devastating repurcussions.

And we know that Monsanto supports the British in their right to know. AND I QUOTE

“We have complete confidence that our food crops are as safe and nutritious as the standard alternatives.

Recently you may have noticed a label appearing on some of the food in your supermarket. This is to inform you about the use of biotechnology in food.

Monsanto fully supports UK food manufacturers and retailers in their introduction of these labels. We believe you should be aware of all the facts before making a purchase.”

Source: Monsanto’s UK Website http://www.monsanto.co.uk/highlights/ads/ad4.html

Yet in the U.S. they donate $4 million dollars to suppress a labeling initiative that supposedly represents their goals. Lovely.

So Where Do We Go From Here?

I don’t know about you, but I agree with Jesse, who wrote on Food Renegade’s wall that “as a Californian, I saw a LOT of people with so much heart and soul pouring their time into grassroots campaigning, raising money, getting people informed…. just the work alone to get this on the ballot was humongous and required so much work. Whatever the outcome I say good job to all of those Californians who worked so hard to get this out there and try…. let’s hope things turn around more than anything. But beyond that, don’t give up the fight for our food!”

I am so, SO GRATEFUL that the issue of GMO’s in our food supply has been brought into the national spotlight. Despite the fact that Prop 37 failed in California, the margin was close considering one side spend around $3M (I believe) and the other spent $45M. Let’s think about that for a moment. Despite being lied to to the tune of $1M a day, nearly half of those who turned out still want GMO’s labeled.

The deluge of money Monsanto et. all poured into making sure people don’t know what’s in their food points to how powerful awareness really is, so let’s keep talking about blue testicles and horrifying tumors until we make our collective voice heard. The fight is on.

How do you feel about the loss in California? Does it change anything for you?

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30 Responses to Prop 37 – Forget The Concession Speech

  1. Have fun with WAPF conf … ah life…

  2. Carissa Shirley via FB says:

    Makes me sick! I just really don’t get what would be so hard about labeling it! That’s all we ask!

  3. James Allison via FB says:

    Keep your chin up, Heather…. Also, wearing TSA pat-down-friendly flight clothes has become a part of my travel prep/planning. It gets easier. Try to think of it as a free massage . Hope you can relax, learn, share, and have a nice time at the conference. :)

  4. Sarah Coates Nottle via FB says:

    I live in WA and fervently praying and working to get food labeling here!

  5. Carlene says:

    I’m heartened by the closeness of the vote for Prop 37!! The more people that are aware and can help spread the truth, the better the chances are in the future. I had a friend who felt it should have been written differently. Maybe if they did, it would pass next time!!

  6. Carlene Gunsior via FB says:

    Patted down because you declined to go through the X-Ray machine? I had that happen to me when I was expecting. I asked for a private screening room and had two female officers present and still was uncomfortable with their handlings.

  7. Jennifer Gibbs via FB says:

    I was recently pat down by TSA (because I refuse to be scanned) and boy are they thorough! have fun at the conference. I’m sure you look fabulous!

  8. Excellent read. Trying to figure out how to get my phone to repost it. The GMO food issue really really disappoints & angers me. It is a bigger issue than so many realize. It’s effecting the environment, animals health & wellbeing as well. Most sources of meat & dairy are fed a diet completely made of GMO…and then people digest that meat & dairy. The damage is on a cellular, DNA level. This is a pretty deep issue that really needs light shed on it!

  9. Amy says:

    The defeat of Prop 37 has simply motivated me even more to shout out to Big Ag and Monsanto with my food dollars. As much as is within my control, I will absolutely not spend my money to purchase any products from any of the companies that tried to defeat Prop 37. This is what I posted on Food Renegade’s post this morning (that linked me to this blog): “The food dollars of the rest of the nation can speak louder than Californians. We all need to vote with our dollars. Take our dollars AWAY from those deceitful “organic” companies owned by Big Ag. Take our dollars AWAY from Whole Foods, who barely lifted a finger to support Prop 37. Money Talks. We have to get serious and stop relying on someone else to do what we should have been doing all along.” On our Well Fed Family FB page we will continue to encourage people to speak with their dollars. It is what we should have been doing in the first place. It is personal responsibility. It is wisdom.

  10. Carolyn Erickson via FB says:

    Ugh, the pat down. Headed to the airport now. :(
    Hope to meet you at the conference!

  11. Joanna moore says:

    I am disappointed that it didn’t pass! I live here and was very excited about getting to vote for it. I think the more your heart and energy and time and money is in something, the more let down you tend to be when things don’t go the way you hope.

    I don’t doubt that people want to know what’s in their food, even though some people ignore labels because they just like the taste of something and ignorance is bliss. People do care about what their kids are eating, at least. A lot of people don’t even know about GMOs and those are probably the population that voted against it, because every time they turned on the tv they were told that labeling would cost them more money. They were deceived. But those of us who know better can still avoid GMOs and try to educate our loved ones. I am still impressed though with the proportion of dollars spent vs vote percentage!

  12. Oh Lardy says:

    Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

  13. Rachel Bagley via FB says:

    This made me so sad. I was born and raised in California, so I followed this with extra interest. I’m to the point now where I feel like if we willingly abuse and pollute our farmland, we as a country kind of deserve to eat GMO food. Willful ignorance is so, so dangerous.

    • Christine says:

      Ditto for me…born in CA and lived there 30 years. It is so frustrating, especially when fighting gut related health issues. It is also a shame that California farmlands are being taken over by huge corporations and that farmland is being sold for housing in addition to the abuse and pollution due to bad farming practices. This will all catch up to us someday and people aren’t going to like the consequences.

  14. Wow, I’m famous! Thanks for the quote Heather :)

  15. Jesse M says:

    Thanks for quoting me Heather – means a lot! Have fun at the conference!!!

  16. Nicole Rice via FB says:

    Post it!

  17. Carlene Gunsior – Yep! There is no way I am going through that scanner thing!

  18. Jesse Miles – I really appreciate how you drew attention to the good that was done there, thank you!

  19. Carolyn Erickson – I would love that!

  20. Mommypotamus – well I must be honest, I had started a rant to everyone that was bashing Californians and then I realized that would be just as bad as what they were all saying which was focusing on the negative, and as truly SAD AND UPSET I am about 37 not passing, just the fact that it was an option to vote IS a step in the right direction and I just hope and pray we can continue to go in the right direction!!

  21. Jolee Burger via FB says:

    Glad you published!

  22. Kirsten V says:

    I’m disappointed that it was rejected, BUT that doesn’t change the fact that the groundswell of change has started. I think a lot of good has been done simply because more people are better educated on the issue of GMOs than before. I also wouldn’t be surprised if more companies take the initiative to label their own products that are non-GMO just like they did with gluten-free items. Who knows? I know this whole “food fight” is making me take a closer look at what I’m putting in my shopping cart. Thanks for all the effort you’ve put into this mission, Heather. You inspire me!

  23. Jessica says:

    Money hungry meatheads running the top ranks, isn’t it lovely? The people who love and care for our earth and the quality of lives on it are the ones who will continue to fight and for our right to health!!!

  24. Loriel says:

    I myself was one of those people who tabled at my farmers market and went to several rallies in San Francisco and I do not feel defeated. I feel we did such an amazing job across the state of informing people about GMOs. I knew it was going to be a win-win regardless if the results of the Prop were not what we wanted. It is important to stay positive and move forward and be grateful that hundreds of thousands of people are now aware of GMOs. This is not the end and I look forward to being a part of making this become a national mandatory law! Monsanto will ultimately not win and the people shall prevail!

  25. Phoebe says:

    Unfortunate loss. I’m really not surprised though. It seems like everything that is good and right is being defeated (or the opposite is being signed as the case may be – NDAA bill anyone).

    As far as what will change for us. Nothing. I raise a lot of my own meat, buy grains from a company that tests for GMO’s and will be Non-GMO project certified by the end of the year it sounds like, don’t eat anything that contains corn, soy, Hawaiian Papaya, beet sugar/pulp, etc. I don’t feed it to my pets either. My son is 2 and I’m not quite sure what I did (or didn’t do) but I messed something up royally as he has severe corn and soy intolerance (blessing and curse for his little body). And as a result of working out everything with him, I have found that so do I! And we feel the side effects from any tiny amount of contamination including meat that was grown on conventional (even organic) feed. I would be willing to bet a large sum of money that it was directly related to GMO’s as are the health issues that I’ve been healing over the past 5+ years. So we just don’t play. We don’t consume it and share our story and the fact that my child and I react, openly, with anyone that will listen. As a result of these intolerance, our diet sees no dairy, grains (cross contamination is a huge issue), legumes (gut issues and legumes don’t mix), nightshades (appears to be the same as legumes in our case), soy (covered under legumes but had to pull it out), corn (covered under grains but such a huge offender) or meat that isn’t grass fed/finished or raised by a farm feeding non-gmo grains and absolutely no soy because that one doesn’t seem to matter for us whether organic or not.

    I’m pregnant with my second child and curious to see how this diet and my body regaining health combine to provide for this little one. If nothing else, I feel that not having gmo’s in my diet (I am non compromising as the result isn’t pretty for anyone) is going to give this child a good start. I ate a lot of tofu (no idea I was eating it) when I was pregnant with my son and although it was supposedly organic it is also the one food that he can absolutely not tolerate without emotional and behavioral issues…big ones.

    Good luck to those trying to fight GMO’s. I do my part but I just don’t play for the most part. It works for our family. I do buy our animal’s feed from the best source possible (where testing takes place) which makes me feel good, but other then that, we make everything (actually how I came across this blog and fell completely in love). Thanks for all you do!

  26. Jenna says:

    California: Journalist suspects vote fraud in tabulating the votes on Proposition 37 (that called for labeling of GMO foods). [The measure lost by 559,776 votes, but there are millions of votes that have not yet been counted – and may never be. The firm that is responsible for making the projection has a suspicious history. We are not ready to cry "foul" but this bears looking into.]
    Jon Rappaport 2012 Nov 8 (Cached)

    http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/did-peop-37-really-lose-or-was-it-vote-fraud/

  27. Alex Lewin says:

    Great, great post. So eloquent.

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