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Are You Concerned About GMOs? Vote in Our Poll.

The Fairfax Town Council has passed a resolution in support of Proposition 37, which would required the labeling of genetically engineered food. How do you feel about Prop. 37?

 

The Fairfax Town Council audience erupted into applause and cheers Aug. 1 after the council adopted a resolution in support of Proposition 37, the “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.”

Several Marin residents spoke in support of the town’s resolution and against genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

 

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"Like Smart Meters, GMOs are a tyranny of technology which is being imposed upon us without democratic process,” said Fairfax Councilman Larry Bragman. “There is currently no market mechanism to give people the choice to not consume GMOs.”

If California voters pass Proposition 37 in November, genetically-engineered food sold in retail outlets must be labeled as a GMO. The proposition would also not allow genetically engineered foods to be labeled as natural.

Fairfax resident Valeri Hood told the council that many people have a limited understanding of biology, making it difficult for some to understand DNA and the basics of a genetically-modified organism.

GMOs are created by gene splicing techniques. Opponents argue it creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes.

According to the Yes on 37 “California Right to Know” campaign, genetically engineered food can create unintended toxicants and increase food allergies.

San Rafael resident Adina Beaumont, a San Anselmo resident and multiple Fairfax residents thanked the Fairfax council for showing support for Prop 37 during public comment on Aug. 1.

Fairfax resident Grace Severtson told the council that corn, cotton, soy and canola are genetically modified unless they have a “non GMO” label or are organic. “If the package says natural, that doesn’t mean anything.”

Severtson said that there are roughly 50 other countries in the world that do label GMOs (including the European Union, Japan and Australia). “For your children’s health and food safety, please help us.”

According to the nonprofit Non GMO Project, “high-risk crops” that are currently in commercial production and must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project verified products include:

  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90 percent of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88 percent of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90 percent  of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94 percent of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95 percent of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

Some animal products, including milk, meat, eggs and honey, are also considered “high-risk” because of contamination in feed.

Politicians who have endorsed Prop. 37 include U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, State Assemblyman Jared Huffman and State Assemblyman Michael Allen.

Several major U.S. food makers, including Monsanto, Pepsico, Nestle, Kellogg and Coca-Cola have contributed to the No on 37 campaign.

What do you think? Do you support Prop. 37? Are you worried about GMOs?

Also, if you want to get involved. Hood is  to spread the word about Prop. 37. 

Frank Egger August 07, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Fairfax is where GMO-Free Marin started. While serving as Fairfax's mayor in 2004, I had worked with folks in Ukiah to help pass their ballot measure making Mendocino County GE Free and I brought the initiative to Marin. Larry Bragman did a rewrite for Marin and he, Albert Strauss, Mark Squire, Ginger Souders-Mason and myself led the movement that organized Marin communities for the GMO-Free Initiative that voters passed overwhelmingly at the '04 November election.
Barbara Petty August 07, 2012 at 09:19 PM
We should all be concerned about GMO's. And not just what we buy directly, but how about what the animal feed being fed to the poultry, beef and pork that we eat? Very scary. Thank goodness Marin is GMO free, but these practices should really be banned as they are in some other countries. Please read up on this important issue.
Stacy August 07, 2012 at 09:24 PM
We are lucky to have such a committed group in Fairfax to advocate for food safety and transparency.
tony masi August 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I've been away from Patch for a while, but I can't believe this article has generated only three comments in the ten days since it was published. I mean this is Fairfax in Marin, the progressive liberal bastion of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Has everyone left for vacation or does apathy now simply reign supreme? Congratulations to our Fairfax Town Council, but Hello! Is anybody else home? Check out scary corporate monster Monsanto and GMOs @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVz5Z9QfOK8
Jennifer Hammond October 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Yes, I am concerned. Gmo's are not tested for their effects on the human body, and we really have no idea the damage they can cause. Listen to Jane Goodall! She believes messing with nature in this way is quite risky.
Kathi November 02, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I am quite concerned about GMOs (& I am conservative but want natural products). I'm in Orange County where this just appeared on our local Patch. So I'm against GMOs & support labeling, but a bit confused by this proposition as it seems to have some exemptions that may let GMOs still get into food supply unlabeled. So wondering if this proposition is really going to do what it is supposed to or just be a boon to trial lawyers. Need to read it more carefully before election day. & now that I have recently learned that corn is largely GMO unless organic or labeled non-GMO I will be looking for those labels. Buying more organic to avoid GMOs & other stuff they do to our food.

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