Monday, October 21, 2013



Temecula, CA – If pot is the new gold, then food is the new black. The low rungs of the 99% and
thrifty other ethnic groups/demos shop the 99¢ Store. Though appearing now on some scattered juice/bread brands in places like Von’s and Albertson’s, warning labels concerning GMOs and High Fructose Corn Syrup first turned up after Prop 37 at the 99¢ Stores indicating some food manufactures heard the concerns of moms like Zen Honeycutt, pictured here pointing out data linking autism to GMO pesticide.
NO GMO forces are pushing hard to make Washington State the next state to put a NO GMO law in force and join 67 countries that outlaw GMOs and their products. 

Now my favorite big city, Los Angeles, is joining the fight to do what’s right.

'Los Angeles is considering banning the cultivation and sale of genetically modified organisms. If it does, the second-largest U.S. city would become the country's largest GMO-free zone.

Two LA city councilmen on Friday introduced a motion that would ban the growth, sale and distribution of genetically engineered seeds and plants. The councilmen, Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell, said the measure is meant to protect local gardens and homegrown food from contamination by genetically modified seeds. The motion would not affect the sale of food containing genetically modified ingredients.

"We don't want to consume mystery food," O'Farrell told The Huffington Post. "Since there's currently no requirement, anyone could unwittingly purchase a genetically modified product and not know it. I think that's irresponsible."

Genetically modified seeds are used mostly by large farmers, of which there are none in LA. "But if they become marketed to home gardeners, we're going to have this ban in place," David King, head of Learning Garden and Seed Library of LA, told HuffPost.

"The pending ordinance would be symbolic more than anything else, but we do feel it's an important step to have the second-largest city in the nation declare itself as against genetically modified seeds," said King, who helped craft the motion.

Joanne Poyourow, executive director of Environmental Changemakers of LA, said targeting city gardeners is easier than large farmers.

"Right now, it is very challenging to save that diversity in the farmlands, but we think we can provide significant help in saving that diversity by saving seeds within the cities," said Poyourow, who also worked on the motion.

Poyourow is part of a community of heirloom seed-savers in LA. "Our objective is to preserve a large area where heirloom seeds can safely be saved," she said.

O'Farrell said he thinks the worldwide decline of honeybees is the "canary in the coal mine" for GMOs. U.S. World commercial beehives declined 40 to 50 percent in 2012, with the suspicions of some beekeepers and researchers falling on powerful new pesticides incorporated into plants themselves. In California, almond agriculture, which depends on bees, has been hit especially hard. About 80 percent of the nation's almonds are produced in central California.

“A growing number of problems are being traced to GMOs," Koretz said in a statement. In addition to loss of bees, he cited "the evolution of 'superbug' insects which are growing immune to the pesticides engineered within GMO crops" and "'seed drift' (for example the recent finding of GMO-pollinated wheat growing in an Oregon farmer’s field)."

Proponents of GMOs -- including food, biotech and chemical companies -- say there is no research proving that genetically modified food has less nutritional value than non-modified food. They also point out that genetic modification allows for insect- and weather-resistant crops that can help meet a rising global food demand.

The LA motion comes weeks before Washington State will vote on ballot initiative 522, which calls for labeling food products that contain genetically modified ingredients.

Last November, Californians narrowly defeated Proposition 37, which would have made California the first state to require that genetically modified food be labeled. Monsanto, Kraft, Coca-Cola, and Pepsi were among companies contributing to what became a $46-million "No on Prop 37" radio and television propaganda campaign. Proponents raised $9.2 million.

The U.S. has no requirement to label genetically modified food thanks to Dan Quayle. In the last several years, a few U.S. localities, including San Juan County, Wash., and the California counties of Mendocino, Marin and Arcata have banned the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.

"If we (can’t) rely on our state or federal leaders to do something about GMOs, we can act locally," O'Farrell said. "This statement goes beyond LA to the big food companies. LA's always been a trendsetter. As we know, so goes the West, so goes the rest of the country."'

The last nationwide Food Day March held (including Temecula) was October 12. Here Zen points
out the motivation for her personal involvement in the fight against Monsanto and GMOs.

(Story source - HuffingtonPost; all photos - lienhp; all emphasis - Ed)

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