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Proposition 37: A closer look at the fine print

Prop. 37 — Label GMOs — is not what many Californians believe it to be.

The exemptions in it alone should be a major red flag, but when one connects the dots between the proposition and the USDA Strategic Plan FY 2010 to 2015, the word “set-up” might come to mind. Goal 3 of the Strategic Plan discusses the push the USDA is making to support biotechnology in the food industry. It states: The benefits of biotechnology products include addressing issues related to global food security, energy security, and climate change. Creating greater awareness of these benefits will lead to better acceptance of new technologies and increased trade opportunities for the nation’s farmers and ranchers. www.ocfo.usda.gov/usdasp/sp2010/sp2010.pdf.

The first exemption:

(a) Food consisting entirely of, or derived entirely from, an animal that has not itself been genetically engineered, regardless of whether such animal has been fed or injected with any genetically engineered food or any drug that has been produced through means of genetic engineering.

And then there’s this one:

(f) No testing procedure shall be approved by the department unless: (i) it is consistent with the most recent Guidelines on Performance Criteria and Validation of Methods for Detection, Identification and Quantification of Specific DNA Sequences and Specific Proteins in Foods, (CAC/GL 74 (2010) published by the ‘Codex Alimentarius’ Commission’ ...

Codex Alimentarius is the world food code that the U.S. has agreed to “harmonize” (comply) with. Codex supports GMO foods and the US is a major player in Codex. Exemption (i) Medical Food, will relate to ALL foods under Codex. Codex is also the code being followed for the use of herbs, supplements, etc., which may become “illegal” very soon if the course we’re on does not change.

If the proposition is passed, the exemptions become law. Please read them.

Saying yes to Prop 37 is saying yes to GMOs, yes to the USDA Strategic Plan Goal 3 which promotes GMOs, and yes to Codex. Vote “no.”

Jean Gerard lives in Nevada City.

Saying “yes” to Prop 37 is saying “yes” to GMOs ...

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