Anti-GMO Prop 37 Defeated by Corporate Disinformation

 

By: Adam Hotchkiss

“Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.” –Hennery Kissinger

GMOs are just another means for the greedy corporate 1% to control the masses. On November 6th proposition 37 was defeated in California after a heavy financially backed smear campaign that aimed to keep Americans unaware about what was really going in their mouths. Monsanto, DuPont, Pepsico, etc. reportedly spent upward of around $46 million to lobby against the proposition.

As of right now these companies control over 70 percent of the global seed market (Grain.org) which reinforces the monopoly over our food. Instead of saving and reusing seeds yearly, Monsanto has made it so these costly seeds must be purchased every year; sending farmers into vicious cycles of dept, dependency, and vulnerability. These companies continually profit from the use of GMOs. But how do we, as consumers, profit from consuming GMOs?

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through genetic engineering; combining DNA from various species to create new combinations that do not and cannot occur in nature. GMOs have yet to undergo scrutinized, in-depth, long-term studies about their effect on our health yet over 70 percent of processed foods are estimated to contain them (CDFA.gov). However numerous tests have been conducted on animals that point to serious health risks. In 2009 a review of 19 studies found animals fed genetically modified corn or soy developed kidney and liver problems (Environmental Sciences Europe). In a recent study scientists found rats fed genetically modified corn developed 2-3 times more tumors, some bigger than a quarter of their total body weight, than rats who consumed non GM corn (Food and Chemical Topology). Not to mention these foods are often combined with herbicides and pesticides which are known to cause various cancers, birth defects, and neurological diseases.

So we can see that GMOs obviously aren’t helping our health, but will not labeling the foods as GMO or non-GMOs save us money? Monsanto, PepsiCo, Kraft, Kellogg’s etc would certainly have us believe so. Their entire disinformation/propagandized campaign told us all that if we passed prop 37 we’d be paying for it. They claimed the customer would be facing upwards of $400 a year in labeling fees. But wait… don’t food companies already have nutritional labels on their products –nutritional labels that are subject to change due to labeling requirements? In 2007 PepsiCo and Coca-Cola started labeling the amount of caffeine present in their drinks after a growing customer request. Do you think that would cost us $400 a year? The fact is their claims are nonsense. Adding one sentence stating “This Food Contains GMOs” would not hurt the customer in any way.

The truth is the only ones who benefit from prop 37 not being passed are the corporate 1% who care nothing about our health or financial means. Their intent is to continue controlling the food so they can continue controlling us. By not passing this proposition we have allowed them to continue doing so. For years these corporations like Monsanto have controlled the food by buying off politicians, intimidating small farmers, blocking research, and lying to us. We had our chance to stand up and let them know we have the right to know what they put in our food. But the fight is not over. We need to continue to fight for our right to know and stop the global food rein.

Adam Hotchkiss a junior sociology/pre-med student at Sonoma State University.

 

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