Thursday, October 4, 2012

California's Ballot Initiative is Only A Month Away

There is so much conversation going on about the safety of genetically modified foods and labeling laws!

There is this video of Troy Roush, a farmer that grows GE soybeans and corn discussing the essential right that a consumer has to know the details about the ingredients in their food.

There is also a live stream conference this Saturday, October 6 of the Seeds of Doubt Conference with our 2012 Winter Conference Keynote, Jeffrey Smith.  The speaker list includes Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emritus of Plant Pathology at purdue University and one of the leading scientists to test (and doubt) the safety of GMOs and Jeffrey Smith. For more information about the conference, visit the webpage

The "Yes on 37" campaign has also released new advertisements to battle with the anti-labeling campiagns going on in California.  Watch them here and share them on facebook and twitter!

Right now polls are showing support for the ballot initiative, according to the Los Angeles Times' video by Marc Lifscher.

This is all pretty good news given a recent paper published in Environment Sciences Europe found that Monsanto's Roundup Ready technology has resulted in increased usage of herbicides.  In Tom Philpott's article in Mother Jones, titled "How GMOs Unleashed a Pesticide Gusher" Philpott summarizes that the
study found:

"GMO technology drove up herbicide use by 527 million pounds, or about 11 percent, between 1996 (when Roundup Ready crops first hit farm fields) and 2011. But it gets worse. For several years, the Roundup Ready trait actually did meet Monsanto's promise of decreasing overall herbicide use—herbicide use dropped by about 2 percent between 1996 and 1999, Benbrook told me in an interview. But then weeds started to develop resistance to Roundup, pushing farmers to apply higher per-acre rates. In 2002, farmers using Roundup Ready soybeans jacked up their Roundup application rates by 21 percent, triggering a 19 million pound overall increase in Roundup use."


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