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    Michelle Obama: Talk to Your Husband About GMOs


    The Organic Consumers Association recently launched a SignOn.org petition that now has over 202,000 signers:


    Michelle Obama: Tell Barack to honor his campaign promise to label GMOs http://signon.org/sign/michelle-obama-tell-presiden?source=c.url&r_by=5382364


    The petition asks Michelle Obama to ask President Obama to honor the campaign promise he made in 2007 to label genetically modified foods and to show his support for GMO labeling by endorsing Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.


    On October 11, we will deliver our petition to Michelle Obama’s staff at the White House, and also to President Obama’s campaign offices in San Francisco.


    We’re going to call on the Obama campaign to address the issue of GMO labeling in the upcoming Presidential debates on October 16 and announce his support for Proposition 37.

    Please vote for this question to be asked at the October 16 Presidential Debates:


    "Do you think we deserve the same 'right to know' that is enjoyed by people in 61 other countries where genetically engineered food is labeled? Do you support Proposition 37, the ballot initiative in California to label GMOs?"


    Click this link to cast your vote: http://www.google.com/moderator/#8/e=1fe6a2&q=1fe6a2.67d3c0&v=4


    The Organic Consumers Association created this petition because we believe the issue of GMO labeling is the most critical food policy issue facing our country today. Since the mid-1990s, corporations like Monsanto, Dow, and DuPont have been altering the DNA of our food by manipulating it with viruses, bacteria and pesticides.


    Today in the US, most non-organic corn, soy, cotton and sugar beets - which are used in most of the sweeteners and additives used by food processors - are genetically engineered. So is the feed fed to the animals we eat. In fact, 75 - 85% of the processed food on grocery store shelves contains GMOs.


    Until we require mandatory labeling of GMOs, there is no way for consumers to avoid buying them unless they make certain that every single food item they buy is certified organic.


    The FDA conducts no independent testing of GMOs. Instead, it takes the word of Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry which claims that GMO foods are "not substantially different" from non-GMO foods.
    Yet new studies come out everyday linking GMOs to a long list of health concerns, including obesity, allergies, liver and kidney failure, and cancer.


    For example, last year doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found Bt-toxin in the blood of 93 percent of pregnant women who participated in a study. Bt-toxin is a pesticide injected into Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt corn. The pesticide breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them before the insects can destroy the corn. Monsanto and the EPA swore that Monsanto’s Bt corn would harm only insects, not humans. They swore that the human digestive system would break down the Bt-toxin, so that it would have no harmful effect on humans.


    But there it was – in 93% of pregnant women who participated in the Canadian study. Researchers speculate that the Bt-toxin is likely consumed in the normal diet of the Canadian middle class, because genetically engineered corn is present in the vast majority of all processed foods and drinks containing high fructose corn syrup.


    A more recent study by French researchers found that rats fed another variety of Monsanto’s GMO corn died prematurely of cancer and liver and kidney failure. This latest report caused Russia to stop all imports of Monsanto’s GMO corn.


    The fact is, there is no proof that GMOs are safe. That’s why the Organic Consumers Association believes people should have the right to know if the food they buy contains GMOs. Believe it or not, GMOs are either banned or labeled in 61 other countries, including Russia, China and the entire European Union.


    But not here in the US – despite the fact that according to national polls, 90% of Americans – whether they are Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians or Independents – believe we should have the right to know what’s in our food.


    In 2007, then-candidate Obama promised to support GMO labeling. But since then, he has sided with Monsanto and the biotech industry, instead of siding with the vast majority of Americans who are demanding GMO labeling.


    Michelle Obama is famous for her White House organic garden and for speaking out about childhood nutrition and obesity. That’s why we’re asking her to ask the President to honor his campaign promise to label GMOs.


    We also want President Obama to support Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act. Passing this grassroots, citizens initiative in November is the first step toward a national policy of labeling GMOs.

    There is nothing more basic than our right to food safety. If we are going to reverse our national trend toward poor health, and protect our food supply for our children and grandchildren, we cannot wait any longer to join the 61 other countries that have mandatory GMO labeling laws.


    Please join our effort to pressure President Obama to support Prop 37 and GMO labeling by going to SignOn.org and signing our petition:


    Michelle Obama: Tell Barack to honor his campaign promise to label GMOs http://signon.org/sign/michelle-obama-tell-presiden?source=c.url&r_by=5382364

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