By Paul Graham
Las Vegas Informer
You may have heard we have an election coming up. While there is no doubt an important decision or two in regards to our nation’s capitol and who will be elected to the position of being most likely to be talked badly about for the next four years, there are also some other decisions that need to be made that actually do involve life and death. In a very real way for this generation and generations to come. One of these decisions is Proposition 37 in California that would make labeling of GMO’s in foods mandatory in that state.
Would this be a revolutionary concept? Not at all. GMO’s (genetically-modified organisms) that have actually been introduced into our food supplies over the past 15 years or so without our knowing or approval, are a probable time bomb waiting to explode. Over 50 countries around the world, including the European Union, either have already banned GMO’s altogether or have made labeling mandatory. If you saw the countries that do this projected on a map worldwide, you would notice that up to this point, The United States and Canada are not requiring labeling and certainly have not banned the use of GMO’s.
Whatever you might label how our government operates, I would say that a democracy is not the best description anymore. I don’t buy into the socialist conspiracy, though I do believe in a few others. The government is not really representing the people in the way that it should and instead plays much more to the interests of the corporations, financial empires, and the people behind those layers of greed and power. What we are now dealing with is a corporatocracy where powerful corporations feel that they can make decisions for us without our knowledge or approval. These same corporations are also some of the biggest contributors to politicians. Do you see the problem with this? This is obviously not right and we must show them that there is still power with the people. I do not believe that it is too late and Prop 37 can open a door for real reform to begin to take place.
Because our federal government has been unwilling to challenge these corporate interests, it is now up to the states to do it. California is a major player in our country and as it goes there I believe other states will follow and change can begin to happen on a national basis. Prop 37 has enjoyed great support and looked like a sure thing to pass but these corporate interests have been waging a fierce campaign, spending millions of dollars a day and spreading lies and fear. Biotech giant Monsanto is one of the heads of the opposition which includes companies like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Nestle and so many others that are household names. They are telling people that mandatory labeling will cost the average family $400 a year more in grocery costs. Really? Adding some print to existing product labels will cost that much? I think not. Once they are labeled they will actually lose some of their customer base and they might feel like they might have to raise the prices of some of their products to keep the profits up.
What seemed to be a sure passage of this proposition is now going to be a fight to the end and we need to encourage those that have a vote to do the right thing for now and the future. There is already enough proof out there for us to know the health risks involved with allowing GMO’s to invade our food system without at least giving people a chance to decide for themselves. We need to follow the example of most of the rest of the world in doing this. Our failure to do this because of protecting corporate profits is another reason why much of the world, and why we should too, question our motivations for most of the other things that we do. At some point we need to say profits be damned and just do the right thing. A similar battle was waged decades ago to get mandatory warning labels placed on cigarettes. Those companies fought with fury to prevent that from happening but eventually it came about and no doubt millions of lives have been saved as a result of seeing the danger and having a choice.
A lot of people are looking for monsters this time of year and yet those kind of monsters are really just figments of someone’s imagination. There are real monsters among us with names like Monsanto who have been creating monster–foods in laboratories, not for our best interests, but for theirs. These Frankenfoods have already invaded our food supply in more ways than you can imagine. What we have before us now is a Proposition 37 in California asking that people be given first knowledge of the presence of GMO’s in their food, and then a choice. California needs to open a door that we will all need to follow through in our own states where we live. If we don’t win begin to win these battles for our food and our health now, the future could be much, much more scarier than anything you might see this coming Halloween.