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An apple a day

People have called it, but actually the outcome of Washington’s GMO labelling VOTE YES on 522 is still far from over.  Percentage of YES climbed steadily the last few days from 45 to 46 to 47 to 47.85.  The Ballots will not be counted until after the long weekend.   There are still 147, 000 ballots left to be counted!

Til we know more, take that righteous No GMO energy over to Artic Apple.  7, 500 Apple cultivars are not enough?  69 million tons of apples and they had to create one that doesn’t brown? We already have varieties that don’t brown.   Not yet released, not yet given the green light for deregulation, we are now in a public commenting period. Tell the makers what you think about their GMO apples.

http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=APHIS_FRDOC_0001-1532

The Failed Promises of GMOs

It has been a David vs Goliath fight.  Consumers against corporations.  An epic struggle between truth and deceit, darkness and light, wrong versus right.

How about the fact that the GMA (Grocery Manufacturer’s Association) is again flouting campaign laws in Washington State?  They continue to not declare the donors of their last set of contributions for Initiative 522, the campaign to label GMOs. This recent set of money laundering by corporations denying consumers the right to know, begs the question:

What do they want to hide about the way GMOs are currently grown?

Is it that golden rice and drought resistant rice are not actually available?  That not one of these nutritionally superior poster children for the GMO movement actually works after countless years of research?  And none are actually grown commercially in N. America?  Despite the marvellous magnificent hype, almost all GMOs crops currently grown in N. America have no superior qualities apart from being able to withstand toxins?  The residues of those toxins which we eat?  That they are poisoning the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soils we grow our food in?

Or could it be that glyphosate, being sprayed by the millions of pounds, is not harmless?  It is found in the blood of the unborn?  Moreover that in response to superweeds and superpests which are now found in 73 million acres across America, chemical companies have made an application with the FDA to blast our fields with 2,4 D the active component of agent orange?

What about yields, You may say?  We grow these GMOs because of higher yields, right?  I have news for you. Over the long term, organic yields are higher.  Don’t take my word for it.  Do your own research.  Seek out the literature that is not funded by the chemical companies.

I’m not going into the ethical and moral arguments here about patenting life.  But we swallowed that pill based on promises that have failed to materialize.  We were growing these mono-crop GMOs in the first place because of the promise of increased yields and decreased pest/herbicides use and nutritionally superiority.

Those are no longer valid reasons for growing GMOs here in N. America.

Let’s stop.

Lie-Detector Test

The Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, who was sued by Washington State’s Attorney General for hiding their campaign contributions has cut a check for another 3 million dollars. This brings the total contribution to No to over 21 million. These corporations are fighting hard to keep consumers in the dark. Desperate to win, they are blitzing the airwaves, trying to confuse consumers, convincing them that the GMO labelling measure isn’t strong enough. But Initiative Yes on 522 to label GMOs complies with international labelling laws. It’s also endorsed by Consumer’s Reports who have meticulously studied the matter (as Consumer Reports tends to) and say that costs wont increase for putting 5 words on the ingredients panel.

Who will succeed? It’s up to each and every one of us. Please support Yes on 522 so they can continue to run ads.  Make calls, donate to the campaign if you are able.  Send your happy vibes, post on FB your support.  We need to win this for the rights of consumers all over North America.

Click here to know more about what you can do http://yeson522.com/

522 Phone Bank

People who want to help support Washington’s Labelling campaign… I have good news!

You can!

From anywhere in the world even in Canada.  I’m not talking financially (although that would be appreciated go to yeson522.com so that they can fund their ads). I’m talking with your time and your wonderful God-Given Gift of the Gab!  That handful of big multinational corporations are spreading lies and waging a deceitful campaign just like they did last year in California.  In Washington however, many of these corporate donors tried to hide their identity.  They were slapped by a lawsuit by none other than Washington State’s Attorney General to get them to comply with campaign rules.

Those monster multinational corporations who oppose the measure say that “labelling is incomplete”.  That it’s not useful given that over half the food sold wouldn’t be covered.  Don’t be fooled by them – they would oppose labelling on any grounds.  The group said it is their number one priority to defeat labelling. They argue that incomplete labelling wouldn’t cover most GE foods, such as restaurants, food service.  Since when is your home delivery pizza labelled? Even in Europe food service isn’t labelled?!  522 affects the  labelling of people food you buy in a grocery store.  Close to 70 percent of the world’s population lives in a nation that requires labelling of GMOs.

Canada and the US are the only two developed countries that don’t have mandatory GMO labelling.  Can you think of anything more important than knowing what you put in the sacred temple of your body?

The ballots are out.  Washington State votes by mail.  Nov 5th is the deadline.  I’ve done phone banking several times over the last week.  It’s simple, and it doesn’t cost a cent for the phone call because the computer calls you!  Here are some happy volunteers clarifying the truth to Washingtonians last week at Nature’s Path!

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My Brother Arjan working though dinner (Non-GMO of course).

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Kyla a-phone banking with a smile.
DSC_0336My Dad Arran and Erika in deep concentration.

DSC_0343Roy with a YES on 522 sticker!

Remind your Washington friends and family to Vote.  Let’s show those corporate bullies who are covering up the truth about their food.  These bullies and their deep pockets are the only thing coming between you and your right to know.  Let’s show them that their money should have gone to useful, constructive things like feeding the hungry and designing safer food.  Can you believe that they have no higher priority than preventing consumers from finding out the truth?

350, 000 Washingtonians signed the petition that brought this to ballot.   With thousands of endorsements, and thousands of contributors Yes on 522 has the backing of the people.  The question is, will the No side convince enough people who want labelling that the bill (designed along International Standards) is incomplete?  The outcome is going to be too close to call.  Next week, a local Seattle TV station has a pro GMO fairytale to tell.  If there is a time get involved, this is it.  Get involved on any and every level.  Dispel the darkness – Spread the glowing truth!

All you need is a phone and computer!  To get trained go to http://yeson522.com/volunteer-for-yes-on-522/

The deadline is Nov 5th so we have a week left to make history!