From ZACK KALDVEER
Yes on 37 Right to Know Campaign
[We need Ukiah volunteers for Proposition 37, the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods campaign that is on the November ballot. Are you interested or do you know anyone who might be interested in tabling at the Farmers Market or other fun events in town? Call today to help in our efforts to pass Proposition 37. We have the right to know what’s in our food. Biotech/Agribusiness is pouring tens of millions of dollars into the campaign to defeat labeling and to confuse the issue. We need you to talk to people and clarify the Proposition. We will support you so you can talk comfortably about the issue. Please call or email now to help. Join other local volunteers who have the same concerns as you do.
Please call Eileen Mitro at 707 234 0380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org]
As the summer winds down, family barbeques are in full swing and supermarkets are filled with shoppers searching for the right foods to grill up with friends and neighbors.
But do they really know what they’re buying? What they may not know is that Walmart has admitted it will soon start selling agrichemical giant Monsanto’s sweet corn, which has been genetically engineered with an insecticide inside it — not on the corn, but IN it.
Bt toxin works as an insecticide by disintegrating the lining of insects’ stomachs when they chomp on the corn. So what is this doing to the bodies of adults or children who eat the corn? We don’t know.
The genetically engineered sweet corn, which has also been manipulated at the DNA level to withstand pesticides that are sprayed on it, has never been proven safe. The US Food and Drug Administration require no safety testing of genetically engineered foods. No long-term health studies have been conducted, and no labeling will be provided to alert unsuspecting consumers exactly what they are eating.
Yet there are studies showing there is reason for concern. For example, a 2009 study in the International Journal of Biological Sciences linked Monsanto’s genetically modified corn to kidney and liver damage in rats.