Prop 37 would require labeling of food made from genetically modified ingredients.
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Michelle Ciccarelli Lerach, wife of wealthy La Jolla superlawyer Bill Lerach — who did time in federal prison after copping a plea in a client kickback case — has become the second wealthy San Diego County resident to give big money to Proposition 37, the measure on November’s ballot to require labeling of genetically modified food. According to state disclosure filings, Ciccarelli, also a lawyer, kicked in $25,000 on July 23. Back on February 28, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps All-One-God-Faith Inc., the Escondido-based organic soap maker run by hemp-legalization proponent David Bronner, who was arrested during a protest outside the White House earlier this year, gave $250,000 to help qualify the measure for the ballot. Besides her roles as attorney, wife, and political activist, Ciccarelli also runs Cups, a high-end La Jolla cupcake eatery.

According to Ballotpedia, Prop 37 would “Require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways” and “Prohibit labeling or advertising such food as ‘natural.’”

Exemptions from regulation would include foods that are “certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; [or] sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.”

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Dads4Prop37 Oct. 11, 2012 @ 11:18 p.m.

Nearly 50 countries require labels on Genetically Engineered food (GMOs), and many of these also have severe restrictions or bans against GMO food production or sale. Countries with mandatory labeling include Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and all of the countries in the European Union. Some of the countries with severe restrictions or bans against GMO food production or sale are Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Ireland, the Philippines, Australia, Peru and Japan. What do they know that we don’t?

The U.S. and Canada are two of the only developed nations in the world without GMO labeling (for political not scientific reasons). The biotech and food industry supports labeling of GMOs in other parts of the world but not in America. What are they hiding from us? We deserve to know and have the same level of protection and information as citizens in other nations around the world! VOTE YES on PROP 37 to demand this right to know what’s in the food we buy in California.

Proposition 37 (The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act) is a common sense initiative that would require non exempt foods and beverages sold in California retail stores to be labeled if they are produced with Genetic Engineering or contain Genetically Engineered ingredients. The initiative simply requires that a notation be added either on the front or back package stating that the food is "Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering", or "May be Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering". For whole foods that are not packaged, such as sweet corn or fresh fish, store shelves would be required to post a sign or label stating the phrase "Genetically Engineered". In addition to this disclosure, Genetically Engineered foods would be prohibited from being advertised as ‘Natural’. This makes sense since Genetically Engineered food by definition of their creators is not natural.

Packaged foods already have labels showing nutrition, allergy information and other facts consumers want to know. Contrary to the misrepresentations of our greedy corporate opponents, Prop 37 is easy to comply with and does not create new bureaucracies, force manufactures to change ingredients or ban the use of genetic engineering. Independent, unbiased studies show Prop 37 will not add cost to farmers, manufacturers or consumers.

Don’t believe the crafty deception from Monsanto and the other chemical and junk food companies . . . get the facts about Prop 37 and read the proposed law yourself.

It’s simple . . . You have a Right To Know what’s in your food!


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