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Gucciardi writes: "Activists and concerned citizens around the world have had enough with corrupt corporations censoring their right to know what's in their food, and frankly they're beyond upset. And if the government will not side with the 90 plus percentage of consumers who are in favor of GMO labeling, then they're going to do it themselves."

Consumers are taking food labeling into their own hands. (photo: Label It Yourself.org)
Consumers are taking food labeling into their own hands. (photo: Label It Yourself.org)


After GMO Labeling Shot Down, Citizens Start Labeling Themselves

By Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

17 November 12

 

ctivists and concerned citizens around the world have had enough with corrupt corporations censoring their right to know what's in their food, and frankly they're beyond upset. And if the government will not side with the 90 plus percentage of consumers who are in favor of GMO labeling, then they are going to do it themselves.

As it turns out, many are doing just that through the 'DIY' GMO labeling campaign known as 'The Label It Yourself Campaign'. Sporting a skull with cornstalks for crossbones, the DIY labels inform customers as to whether or not a product 'may' include GMO ingredients or most certainly does.

Below is one label taken from the campaign website that activists are now placing on products found in grocery stores, homes of friends and family (to incite discussion), and just about everywhere else:

People Will Not Stand for Corporate Food Lies Any Longer

With 80% or more of many staple crops like corn and soybeans already genetically modified, there is a large chance that most products containing these ingredients (or deriviatives) does indeed contain GMOs. Even more so for highly processed high-fructose corn syrup and other harmful ingredients which are arguably modified 100% of the time. You can print out the labels from the campaign website and stick them on products for yourself.

With a lack of real GMO labeling thanks to dirty tricks by pro-GMO groups like No on 37, grassroots initiatives are the only methods of alerting the public to what they are putting into their mouths. Pro-GMO campaigns have impersonated and illegally used the FDA seal, posed as phony cop and democrat groups, and poured more than $45 million into keeping consumers into the dark.

Now, citizens are fighting back through peaceful grassroots initiatives. As a picture from one Treehugger blog shows, consumers are honestly labeling processed foods across the shelves of international grocers.

As for the legal aspect? The Label It Yourself Campaign states:

"At the moment, the law protects misinformation and private property above truth-telling, and public well-being…"

Meanwhile, corporations like Monsanto continue to pump out GMOs that have been time and time again linked to disease, environmental disaster, and even the center of 'slave labor' issues. When government legislation is shot down through corruption, it becomes a grassroots responsibility to take action and make a real change.

 

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+16 # jlg 2012-11-18 01:28
In the mid-90s, activists 'decontaminated ' GM crop test plots, literally pulling the plants out of the ground. Slapping labels on GM products in stores seems quite mild in comparison - but likely to be effective for those who have eyes to see and a brain to recognize what is going on! Go label!!!
 
 
+1 # nealjking 2012-11-22 18:49
Ah yes, I remember the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley, all those Cal students standing up and rioting. Glorious! Except one thing: It gave then-Governor Ronald Reagan the chance to put them down so effectively that he gained national stature OVERNIGHT.

Think about it: The Berkeley Free Speech Movement made PRESIDENT Ronald Reagan possible, whereas before then, the very concept was a joke. Talk about unintended consequences.
 
 
+8 # Joe Bob 2012-11-18 02:09
The people will speak. F the corporations who are only phony people.
 
 
0 # nealjking 2012-11-22 18:45
Yeah, like the small shopkeepers who are stuck with stuff they can't sell. Screw 'em!
 
 
-29 # nealjking 2012-11-18 03:55
I think this is highly inappropriate: It damages the goods in the shop.

If you don't want to buy GMO, that's fine: There ought to be a GMO label. But it's not your right to scare other people or essentially vandalize shopkeepers by marking up products that they are selling to willing customers. You're applying pressure on the wrong people.

This is just like banning all abortions because you yourself don't want one.

The right response to the GMO situation: Go back propose a law that is pro-labeling, and learn to run a proper election campaign to get it passed.

FWIW: My position on GMO foods:
- I'm not particularly concerned, personally; but
- People have a right to know what they are eating.

(But they DON'T have a right to terrify other people about what they are eating.)
 
 
+23 # EternalTruth 2012-11-18 10:08
Really? Putting a sticker on a can or box is "damaging goods?" And this sticker is the equivalent of "banning abortions?" Now that you've re-read your arguments, do you understand how absurd they are, or do you need someone to explain the obvious?
 
 
-3 # nealjking 2012-11-22 00:05
If you found a container of some favorite food that had an imposed sticker on it, I think you would want assurance that you weren't getting something different from what the manufacturer originally intended to provide. Likely you would demand that a normal "unstickered" container be provided. The merchant is going to have to dump all that stickered stuff.

So, yes: "damaged goods".

As long as GMOs are not PROVEN harmful scientifically, your opinion that they are harmful is just your opinion: You are entitled to avoid GMO food, but you are not allowed to damage other people's property (see above) to enforce your opinion upon them. That's why we have real scientists in addition to people who just believe what they read on the internet.
 
 
+1 # EternalTruth 2012-11-22 15:19
[quote name="nealjking "]If you found a container of some favorite food that had an imposed sticker on it, I think you would want assurance that you weren't getting something different from what the manufacturer originally intended to provide."

Actually, I'd try to figure out what the purpose of the sticker was, and then either ignore it or remove it.

" Likely you would demand that a normal "unstickered" container be provided."

No, if the sticker bothered me, I'd Just pull it off.

"The merchant is going to have to dump all that stickered stuff."

Or pull the stickers off. Or leave them on if she thinks her customers have a right to know what they are eating.

"As long as GMOs are not PROVEN harmful scientifically, your opinion that they are harmful is just your opinion: You are entitled to avoid GMO food, but you are not allowed to damage other people's property (see above) to enforce your opinion upon them"

The stickers don't tell people that GMO's are harmful, just that they are in the food. Just like labels don't tell you that MSG or artificial sweeteners are harmful (they are, but u are welcome to eat them). Nothing's being damaged, and no one is forcing opinions on anyone, other than the opinion that we have a right to know what we are eating.
 
 
-2 # nealjking 2012-11-22 18:39
EternalTruth:

You're slightly lacking in common sense: If the container has been stickered by someone not associated with the manufacturer, particularly by someone YOU DON'T KNOW, you have no reason to believe what the sticker says. Remember the arsenic that some unknown jerk put into bottles of Tylenol? You know as much about that container as those victims did about their Tylenol.

The stickers are ONLY meaningful if the original vendor puts them on, such that they are an integral part of the product packaging. Otherwise, they are just prima facie evidence that the product has been tampered with and cannot be considered safe by sensible people. If you can't trust the vendor, who has a name and brand and CAN BE SUED, how can you trust an unknown stickerer, who has no name, no brand, and CANNOT BE SUED? {Oh, he put his name on the sticker? Never heard of forging a name?]

So if you want vendors to identify GMO food, go do a proper job of passing a law that requires it. DON'T damage other people's legitimate rights.
 
 
+2 # seefeellove 2012-11-23 07:07
Think about products that have been recalled because years later independent scientists discovered that certain ingredients or processes were harmful. Why not thoroughly research a product before it goes on the market? The research will cost $ upfront or potentially cost $ and shortened lives later; my hope is that you would choose the former.

I want to know what is in the food I buy. GMO companies have the public relations $$$ advantage in trying to convince people that there is no harm in GMO's. The potential risk in GMO's is cause for alarm. I'm lucky to have $ to buy food that is labeled Non-GMO. I also care for the health of people who can't afford or don't care about the ingredients in food. Some people believe that if food is on the market, then it must be safe.

I care enough about life that the Precautionary Principle (PP) is what guides me in making purchases. If you don't know about PP, I urge you to look into it. It is about taking a compassionate position in the products we use.
 
 
-1 # nealjking 2012-11-24 08:22
It will never be possible to test all chemicals & procedures to pre-determine that they are "safe". The vast majority of substances in food have never been tested, so if we tried to adopt that approach, there really would be nothing in the stores.
 
 
0 # CrypticitpyrC 2012-11-24 19:43
As long as GMOs are not PROVEN harmful scientifically, your opinion that they are harmful is just your opinion: You are entitled to avoid GMO food, but you are not allowed to damage other people's property (see above) to enforce your opinion upon them. That's why we have real scientists in addition to people who just believe what they read on the internet.

There is no shortage of studies that scientifically proven the dangers of GMOs. Start here(below),and follow some links here or just google gmo dangers and you'll find plenty of reputable studies that prove the dangers of GMOs.
http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers

Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of GM foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that the genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us.
If the gene that creates Bt-toxin in GM corn were to transfer, it might turn our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories.

It seems like we both agree foods containing GMOs should be labeled. Let's work together to make the manufacturer label their foods that contain GMOs and let the consumer decide...
 
 
+1 # mdhome 2012-11-21 22:14
Isn't that what prop 37 was about?
 
 
0 # nealjking 2012-11-22 00:08
The emphasis was on the term "proper": When you go up against monied interests, you have to expect a fight. You have to line up support and activists. You know, as Obama did to get re-elected.
 
 
+18 # Helen 2012-11-18 07:06
Meanwhile, I just discovered that individuals like me who want to avoid GMOs can go to the following website to find products that avoid them.

www.nongmoproject.org
 
 
0 # Organizer 2012-11-18 07:40
I agree with nealjking. People's primary concerns are not really about GMO foods anyway. They are about FOOD SAFETY. We need to focus on that as the main issue - if the safety of our food is endangered by anything: GMO's, pesticides, herbicides, bacteria, environmental contamination, etc., we all have reason to be concerned. This is something everyone can relate to - GMO's are a part of the picture, but only a part.
 
 
+9 # seefeellove 2012-11-18 18:55
I love your idea of reframing GMO to Food Safety. The skull and corn label could say:

Warning: Food Safety Alert!
This food may be genetically modified (GMO) and may be dangerous to your health.
GMO companies want to privatize our food sources!
They want you to be dependent on them to make $$$ off you. Like real estate agents, they are not your friend.
GMO's are enemies of small farmers.
GMO's may be harmful to your mind and body.
GMO companies are predatory and have a lot of lawyers.

Too much for a label? Maybe all shop owners will someday refuse to gamble on destructive risks.
 
 
+8 # dlet60 2012-11-18 11:52
After not living in Idaho for 50 years I spent 6 months there this year. I was amazed and saddened to learn that 100% of the sugar beets grown there are genetically modified.
 
 
0 # mdhome 2012-11-21 22:16
Yikes!
 
 
+7 # Archie1954 2012-11-18 16:09
Why not start a national blog that names the products that may contain GMOs so that the general public can leave them on the shelves?
 
 
+5 # carubio 2012-11-18 19:46
nealjking.... you should be concern about gmo's... they are nothing but poisons PRODUCED AT THE DNA LEVEL... if I may make a suggestion and that is to watch Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of Our Lives... absolutely stunning revelations of what has been done to our food supply not only for us but for future generations because the damage done can be irreparable if we don't get this stuff regulated and the general populace informed... you can go to www.responsibletechnology.org and download the movie for a min. donation of $2.99.... and for everybody on the the webstite in the resource tab you will see a link for "brochures & reports"... one in particular so at the very least you can email, facebook, tweet everybody you know is one titled "gmo tips"... download as it has a comphrensive listing of "invisible gmo ingrediants"... at least in this way you can inform your friends and family...
 
 
-2 # nealjking 2012-11-22 00:20
I am not much interested in watching the scientifically naive interpretations of non-scientifica lly trained people on technical matters. I don't see a fundamental difference between genetic engineering and cultivating for specific traits, as people have done for thousands of years; except it's faster. Without such cultivation, we wouldn't have corn or dogs (or ccrn-dogs either).
 
 
+8 # SOF 2012-11-18 22:51
nealking -Why do you think industry spent 48 million in the last month to oppose labeling? or why are they outlawed throughout the world? and why, when they are allowed, do they have to be labeled? Watch Genetic Roulette. There is reason to believe the GMO inflamation is responsible for Alzheimers, Autism, bowel problems..... At least USDA or EPA should do trials and NOT accept science from the industry. They do major harm to health and soil and food, create resistant superbugs, and endanger future of real food.
 
 
+3 # tbcrawford 2012-11-19 15:19
Write Obama and Congress...The secret lies in Monsanto's Michael Taylor, now back with the FDA, and the rest of the pesticide manufacturing gang!
 
 
0 # nealjking 2012-11-22 00:14
As I said earlier, I'm personally not too concerned. I haven't focused on genetic biology, but I haven't heard anything from the biological perspective that would lead me to the fears that some people have. I'm in favor of people funding appropriate research; but I'm not in favor of non-trained people imposing their naive opinions on scientific research (or on the absence of research).
 
 
0 # nealjking 2012-11-22 18:43
I'm skeptical of untrained people drawing health risk conclusions based on anecdotal experience (I've heard too much about the "autism dangers of vaccines"), butI agree that tests should be done beyond the self-attestatio n by industry.
 

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