(NaturalNews) Proposition 37 appears to have failed at the ballot box in California, according to the California Secretary of State ballot measures results. The GMO labeling ballot measure, which would have required food companies to label the GM content of foods, was defeated with the use of over $45 million in fraudulent advertising and dirty tricks funded by Monsanto, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, General Mills, DuPont, Bayer and other food and pesticide companies. Continue reading
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“So far, the food movement has excelled at building an alternative food economy and getting more and more people to vote with their forks. But in less than two weeks, eaters will head to the ballot box and vote with their votes. As Michael Pollan wrote recently in the New York Times, this election will be a referendum on whether or not the food movement has the political chops “capable of frightening politicians and propelling its concerns onto the national agenda.”
One state ballot measure in California–Prop 37–has the power to shift the national conversation around food. Even if you don’t live and vote in California, we are urging all Americans to support this measure. Here is what is at stake. Continue reading
“…Big Food is also feeling beleaguered by its increasingly skeptical and skittish consumers. Earlier this year the industry was rocked when a blogger in Houston started an online petition to ban the use of “pink slime” in the hamburger served in the federal school-lunch program. Pink slime — so-called by a U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist — is a kind of industrial-strength hamburger helper made from a purée of slaughterhouse scraps treated with ammonia.
We have apparently been ingesting this material for years in hamburger patties, but when word got out, the eating public went ballistic. Within days, the U.S.D.A. allowed schools to drop the product, and several supermarket chains stopped carrying it, shuttering several of the plants that produce it. Shortly after this episode, I received a panicky phone call from someone in the food industry, a buyer for one of the big food-service companies. After venting about the “irrationality” of the American consumer, he then demanded to know: “Who’s going to be hit next? It could be any of us.” Continue reading