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Supporters Of GMO Labeling Call ‘No On 37’ Campaign Mailers ‘Criminal’

The race over Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically modified food, heated up this week as the "Yes" side called for a criminal investigation of one of the "No" side's campaign mailers.


No on 37 Campaign Mailer

No on 37 Campaign Mailer

A "No on 37" campaign mailer with a possibly fraudulent statement from the FDA.

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The No on 37 campaign, which opposes labeling GMO food, sent out a mailer with what might look like a direct quote was from the FDA. The quote called the labeling of GMO food “inherently misleading.”

But an FDA representative said the agency never made any statement about Prop 37.

"The FDA has not made such statements with respect to Prop 37," wrote FDA spokeswoman Morgan Liscinsky in an email. "We cannot speculate on Prop 37 and have no comments at this time."

Tom Fendley, the political director of the Yes on 37 campaign, said this mailer is one of many deceiving things the "No" side has done.

“Whether it be the TV ads or radio ads that have been widely discredited," he said. "Or now, in this case, a new mailer which implies strongly that the FDA has opposed Prop 37 when in fact they have no position on it because they’re not allowed to have a position on it.”

Kathy Fairbanks, a spokeswoman for the "No" campaign, said the FDA hasn’t said anything about Prop 37 specifically. But, she said, the agency has called GMO labeling misleading in the past.

She pointed to a 2009 report to the World Health Organization and the United Nations that contains the “inherently misleading” quote.

Fairbanks said her opponents’ complaints are an "act of desperation."

"The FDA has a long held policy against mandatory labeling," she said. "They have said over and over that it would be misleading to consumers and would give them the impression that something was different about the food, when in fact the scientific evidence shows that’s not the case."

But the "Yes" side also says the mailer’s use of the FDA’s official seal is a criminal offense. U.S. law says you can’t misuse the seal of a government agency.

The Department of Justice and the San Diego U.S. Attorney’s office did not return calls seeking comment.

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CaliforniaDefender | October 20, 2012 at 6:09 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm not surprised that the big agri-corporations are behind this. They will do anything and everything to maximize profits.

Look at who is behind the No on 37 campaign:

Bumble Bee
Campbell Soup
Cargill, Inc.
Clorox Corporation (Really?!?!)
Dow Chemicals (Seriously?!?!)
DuPont (makers of Spandex, Teflon, and genetically modified seeds)
General Mills
Hillshire Farms
Land O’Lakes
Ocean Spray
Sara Lee
Sunny Delight
Tree Top
Unilever really need to pay attention to who is "manufacturing" your food.

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DaleProp37 | October 29, 2012 at 12:17 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

One of the most worrisome issues associated with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our food supply is that long term human safety studies are neither required nor conducted in the United States (for politically motivated, not scientific reasons).

Most Americans are unaware of the existence of Genetically Engineered ingredients in the food they eat and that they are untested for long term safety on children, adults or humans of any age. Monsanto and other biotech corporations have actively suppressed several legislative efforts to mandate labeling of GMOs to intentionally keep Americans uninformed to protect their profits. At best GMO developers might conduct a 42 day chicken study and/or 90 day rat study but these self serving studies presented to FDA are carefully constructed to limit or hide negative data. The biotech industry prohibits their studies to be reproduced by independent scientists making them highly questionable for scientific validity. In contrast, pharmaceuticals must undergo human safety testing for FDA approval whereas Genetically Engineered food does not. It is unethical and dangerous for an unproven, unnatural, manmade substance to be secretly sold and unknowingly consumed over a lifetime by Americans, especially by our children.

For something as vital to our biological survival as food . . . supporters for GMO Labeling seek ingredient disclosure to protect themselves and their children from being human guinea pigs unknowingly consuming a manmade laboratory substance developed solely for the financial benefit of huge multinational biotechnology and chemical companies.

Current Genetically Engineered crops are developed to be grown in conjunction with dangerous proprietary chemical herbicides or designed to produce their own internal pesticide in every cell of the plant, including the part that is consumed by children and adults. There is no evidence showing any nutrition benefit for Genetically Engineered crops grown in the United States yet there is a growing body of scientific evidence these crops and use of their associated chemical herbicides and internal pesticides are causing significant biological and ecological harm. Roundup, the herbicide that over 50% of all Genetically Engineered crops are engineered to tolerate, is not safe as has been claimed by Monsanto. Animal and Human epidemiological studies have found an association between Roundup exposure and miscarriage, birth defects, neurological development problems, DNA damage, and certain types of cancer.

The report, “GMO Myths and Truths, An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops”, presents a large body of peer-reviewed scientific and authoritative evidence of the hazards to health and the environment posed by Genetically Engineered crops (GMOs). Read the summary and full report here:

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chezron | November 2, 2012 at 10:36 a.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

I do not want to be a human lab rat for companies who could care less if they killed me with their genetic engineering. Our collective health suffers when we eat this stuff! Why do you think 61 countries require labeling of GMO foods? It is a simple issue. I have already voted yes by mail. Just think if it doesn't pass this time, there will be MORE of these products in our grocery stores next time, AND more pesticides in the environment from their production. It is time we stopped this madness - NOW!

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