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Next Prop 37? New Mexico Law Calls for Mandatory Labeling of GMOs

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Thursday 3 January 2013
Awareness has triggered New Mexico lawmakers to introduce legislation that actually calls for the mandatory labeling of GMOs within the state. In essence, it’s the next Prop 37 — and it’s influence is very much the same.
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Is this the next Prop 37, complete with a forthcoming wave of successful activism and education from concerned consumers? Unfortunately we know that Prop 37 failed due to not only irrefutable deception and lies from the Monsanto-funded ‘No on 37′ campaign, but also seriously questionable vote counting. What did succeed, however, is mounting awareness over the dangers of GMOs and the subsequent need for labeling.

This awareness has triggered New Mexico lawmakers to introduce legislation that actually calls for the mandatory labeling of GMOs within the state. In essence, it’s the next Prop 37 — and it’s influence is very much the same. It’s also a second chance for health activists worldwide to start the proverbial fire that will ignite similar legislation around the nation and eventually the world.

The New Mexico bill, which was introduced by State Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe), goes into debate this year and will likely be hit (in a similar manner to Prop 37) with a ton of corporate-backed roadblocks. Nevertheless, it’s statistically what the consumers want. Over 90 percent of United States citizens have repeatedly voiced their support of GMO labeling legislation. And that’s using very conservative figures; many show 96% or higher.

Now I don’t agree with everything Senator Wirth does, but this bill is definitely a step in the right direction. And as he puts it, it’s blatantly simple. It’s really not challenging to add an additional notification to consumers that products contain genetically altered ingredients — ingredients that have been linked to everything from infertility to tumors. In fact, it’s beyond absurd that these indicators do not exist. Of course Monsanto and other mega corps profiting on this fact simply do not want you to know what you’re eating.

In a statement reported by RT, Wirth explains:

 

“The premise of this amendment is simple – New Mexicans deserve the right to know what’s in the food they are eating and feeding to their families.”

The issue is that a precedent was set with the multi-million dollar squelching of Prop 37, an achievement that Monsanto and fellow goons put as one of their greatest. With Prop 37 being crushed by deception, it makes approving this legislation harder. Because in the eyes of some legislators (besides those paid off by corporations who profit from GMOs) it has already been tried.

Major organizations are already giving their support for the bill, however, and many more will likely soon come out and sound the alarm. Food & Water Watch is one of these organizations, with the New Mexico offices coming out and cheering the success of the bill and the necessity of GMO labeling. The organization’s New Mexico Organizer Eleanor Bravo said:

“Giving foods with GE ingredients a label will only improve and expand independent health and scientific knowledge about genetic engineering…”

The time is now to begin spreading the word about this initiative and lighting the fire. It’s almost a certainty that Monsanto & Co. will pump millions into defeating this legislation if it gets too big, but we can have the edge by getting into the game before they disseminate their deceitful propaganda to voters. Ultimately Monsanto will fail, and it will be a grassroots campaign that is responsible for throwing the last stone.



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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

Monsanto's California mailers

Monsanto's California mailers - all designed to 'prove' to unsuspecting voters that the proposed new law was 'poorly written' and 'dangerously inconsistent.tax investigation specialists

Who owns the voting

Who owns the voting machines?
And who polices the paper trail?
The Winners,..?

Please learn from the

Please learn from the California campaign! Lose no time SPECIFICALLY rebutting tv spots and glossy mailers.

Don't just respond with generalities about our right to know, but counter-attack specific misleading tactics like the following four, which figured heavily in Monsanto's California mailers - all designed to 'prove' to unsuspecting voters that the proposed new law was 'poorly written' and 'dangerously inconsistent':

(1) Claim. The proposed law differs from food labeling laws elsewhere!
Inconsistent!
Rebuttal. That's because the law was carefully written to make the pattern of GMO labeling requirements (or lack thereof) CONSISTENT with all other CALIFORNIA retail food labeling requirements.

(2) Claim. The bread is labeled GMO in the store, but in the restaurant there is no label. Inconsistent!
Rebuttal. That's because the law applies to directly retailed food, like other California food labeling laws. In the restaurant, you are not the direct food customer, the restauranteur is.

(3) Claim. The cow was genetically engineered - yet the milk doesn't have to be labeled. Another inconsistency!
Rebuttal. Labeling requirements are for GMO in the actual food (e.g. milk), not for GMO in the animals (e.g. cows) or other possible sources of the food.

(4) Claim. This chicken doesn't have to be labeled, but this same chicken in a pot pie does. Inconsistent!
Rebuttal. The pie crust in the pot pie uses GMO wheat flour. The crust may seem a minor ingredient compared with the chicken, but it does help make a pot pie different from (and more complex than) just plain chicken. It's the pot pie as a whole that needs the label, not just the chicken in it.

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What nearly succeeded in

What nearly succeeded in California was your TV ads, and what carried the day for Montsano was TV ads, plain and simple. Someone ought to label TV toxic!

So maybe the answer is to

So maybe the answer is to file these actions or create these referendums en mass?

If it costs Monsanto and others a LOT of money to defeat them that's a victory in itself.

As a New Mexico resident, I

As a New Mexico resident, I hope this bill gets a chance to succeed in the NM Legislature. I feel quite sure that if we had a chance to vote on it by referendum, it would become law.

I am not entirely convinced that GE foods are unsafe or dangerous, but I feel they haven't been proven safe, in long-term studies, for human consumption, and I have lived long enough to have witnessed the deceptions of both government and industry about matters important to our health, so I don't wish to be a guinea pig for corporations whose only concern is profits.

With prominent personalities like Dr. Oz saying that GE foods are as safe as organics (how could he know this?), people who believe such pronouncements would still buy GE foods even if they were labeled as such. And consumers like myself, who are wary about genetic modifications to plants or animals that are used as our food, would be able to pass on them. The thing is, I should have that choice, and I know many people feel the same way.

After all, if they are as safe and healthy as Monsanto and others claim, why should they care if they are correctly labeled for the consumers? All they have to do is pour money into advertising campaigns showing smiling consumers buying GE foods while a mellow voice recites their corporate mantras, like all of those propaganda pieces we see on TV for Big Pharma. Money talks, and the Supreme Court has proven that, though not always as successfully as the propagandists might wish. "People power" sometimes overcomes the bankrolls.

Some of us know that other governments are now banning "frankenfoods" from America. We should at least have choices about the foods we eat. That's the "bottom line" for "consumers."

One sure way for a politician

One sure way for a politician to get money from wall st. is to propose a bill that is contrary to wallst's shadiness. New Mexican politicians, like California politicians will reap a bountiful harvest from GMO crops.

If we did succeed in passing

If we did succeed in passing one of these laws, it will likely make the price of organic ingredients soar, because it takes years to certify agricultural farms as organic, because the land has to detox for many years after the last application of non-organic chemicals. So there won't be an instant surge of new organic, non-GMO ingredients into the market to meet new demand. Most of us would be horrified to see what we are eating in the stores if that labeling law was in effect today - we might have a hard time finding products we could feel good about eating, in some stores. But this is precisely why the law is needed and why it is best to suffer through the growing pains of the lag between demand and supply of healthy food sources, even if those of us already committed to organic food end up taking a financial hit along with everyone else. The primary accomplishment of GMOs is to make record profits for their manufacturers - they benefit neither human health nor planetary health, and likely do harm to both, though it is hard to tell when they are concealed so even scientists have a hard time knowing where they are impacting the systems. If they were of provable benefit to health, the manufacturers would have no reservations about having their presence in food labeled.

Monsanto will have fits!

Monsanto will have fits!

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