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California Right to Know Campaign

Label Genetically Engineered Foods 2012, FPPC 1342851


The
California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act

would require food sold in
California
retail
outlets to be labeled if it is genetically engineered, or if it contains genetically engineered ingredients.


It also
states food
cannot be labeled as

“Natural” if GMOs are present.


Date


Dear

Prospective Supporter
:



We are

requesting your endorsement of the

“Label Genetically Engineered Foods 2012, FPPC
1342851
-
Right to know”
California ballot initiative
.

Won’t you help us to ensure Californians the

right to know and to be able to choose the food they buy to feed their families?


Last December, the Label Genetically Engineered Foods 2012 campaign filed a ballot initiative
with the California At
torney General. This campaign recently

sec
ured

the signa
tures of almost one

million California voters,
far exceeding the number of signatures needed, which will place

it on the
ball
ot in the November 2012 election
.


If
approved by a majority of California voters
,

the initiative
will

require labeling of genetica
lly engineered foods

(also known as GE or GMO foods)

sold in
California retail outlets.

It will provide

consumers
with
the right to know whether t
he

food
they are
purchasing
has been genetically engineered

or contains genetically engineered ingredients
.




W
idespread
public
con
cern and support for the passage

of this initiative
ha
s overwhelming support
from
other

states
.

In

October 2010 Reuters
poll

found that

93 percent of Americans “believe that
foods should be labeled to indicate that they have been genetically engineered or contain ingredients
that have been genetically engineered
.

In addition, f
ifty countries

already

have laws
that require

labeling of ge
netically engineered

foods, including the European Union, Australia, Brazil, China,
Japan
,

and Russia.



Currently, consumers are not provided
with
the information that would allow them to make an
informed choice of the contents of their food.
Together, w
ith your endorsement,
we can reform our
weak
food labeling l
aws so that consumer
s
can choose whether or not they eat genetically
engineered foods.


You will be added to the growing list of individuals, business
es
, health
industr
ies
, food manufacturers, and

others who have deemed this initiative a vitally important
one.




Please find
the
at
tached endorsement form, complete it
, and return it

to show your support. We
have also included a
brief
FAQ for the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Foods 2012 init
iative
which will provide more information and help
to
answer some questions you may have.


If
we can be of further assistance
to answer

questions

or
if you
need additional information
, please
feel free to contact us.



We
eagerly

look forward to

your

repl
y

and the opportunity to work with
you as the campaign develops
.


Sincerely,


(Your Name)

Tarah Locke

GMO
-
Free
Santa Cruz

Co
-
Leader
(
Volunteer
)


(831) 246
-
1626








Website:
www.labelgmos.org/sa
ntacruz

gmofreesc@gmail.com









www.carighttoknow.org






California Right to Know Campaign

Label Genetically Engineered Foods 2012, FPPC 1342851


Local Santa Cruz Endorsements:



Bauman College
www.baum
ancollege.org



BestSantaCruzProperties.com

Marlene Henderson



Breath of Light Theta Healing



Bond Marketing



Chiropractor: Jack Knox, DNFT



Coldwell Banker
sloanedevoto.com



Connection Magazine
-

Healthy Living & Con
scious Lifestyle Magazine
www.theconnect.com/



Creative Cultures

www.creativeculturesfoods.com




Dr. Arthur S. Dover, MD, DTMP



Dr. Lee Griffith, MD



Dr. Lonna L
arsh, MD

www.wholefamilymd.com



Dr. Miguel Vasquez, MD



EcoFarm



Elizabeth Good, Professional Psychic



Foxxr

http://foxxr.com/




Goode Soft
w
ww.goodesoft.com



Green Station
thegreenstation.us



Happy Herb Shop
, The
happyhighherbs.com



Kathleen Bundy, MS RD CLT Registered Dietitian

http://www.naturalprogression
-
nutrition.com



Melody Sharp Web Design
www.melodysharp.com



New Earth Exchange
newearthexchange.org/



New Lea
f Community Markets
www.newleaf.com




Origin Jewelry
www.originjewelry.net




Pat’s Girl patsg
irl.com



Registered Dieticians:

Earline Giffith, RD; Denise Julia Garbinski, RD;



Rodney Washington Services
http://www.getpaidforyourcreativity.com



Rys Art & Design



Santa Cruz Neurofeedback Center
santacruzbiofeedback.com



That’s It
! Enterprises



Quick
-
Sharp, Terry Beech

Sharpquick.com



WAMM Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana
www.wamm.org



Way of Life

-

wayoflife.net



Whit
e Lotus Wellness Center
www.whitelotuswellness.com



Work In Progress Coaching
http://www.wipcoaching.com


Endorsements:

Alianza Latinoamericana por Los Derechos po
r Los Inmigrantes

Allergy Kids Foundation

Alliance for Natural Health USA


Amberwaves



California Right to Know Campaign

Label Genetically Engineered Foods 2012, FPPC 1342851


American Academy of Environmental Medicine


American College

for Advancement in Medic
ine

American Medical

Students

Association


American Public Health Association


American Holistic Medical Association

Amy's Kitchen


An Organic Conversation

Anderson’s Hidde
n Valley Ranch

Annmarie Gianni

Skin Care

Awaken the Lion, Inc.


Barndiva Restaurant

Bay Localize


Beaton Global Connections

Beyond Pesticides


Big Bend Hot Springs Project

Bond Marketing Communications

Breast Cancer Fund

Breast Cancer Action

Búcha

California Biosafety Alliance


California Certified Organic Farmers


California National Organization for Women


Californians for GE
-
Free Agriculture


California State Grange

Canad
ian Biotechnology Action Network


Center for Environmental Health


Center for Food Safety


Center for Media and Democracy


Citizens for Health

Community Alliance with Family Farmers


Consumer Federation of America


Co
-
opportunity

Cornucopia Instutite


CRED
O Action

CrossFit Los Angeles

Demeter Association

Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology

Dirt Diva

Domestic Fair Trade Association


Dr. Bronner's


Earl's Organic Produce

Eat Drink Politics


Eden Foods


Equal Exchange


Expecting Fitness Inc.

EZ Resou
rce

Fair World Project

Family Farm Defenders

Farm Aid

Farmer to Consumer Legal Defense Fund



California Right to Know Campaign

Label Genetically Engineered Foods 2012, FPPC 1342851


Felix Gillet Institute

Food & Water Watch


Food Chain Worker Alliance


Food Democracy Now!


Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy


Friends of the Ea
rth


Frogwood Lodge Retreat Center

Global Exchange


Glowbox

Good Earth Natural Foods


GoodFood World

Green America

Green For All


Greenpeace


Health Care Without Harm

Heaven and Earth Farm

Hispanic/Latinos A
-
D Coalition, San Francisco

Hunter Orchards

Holis
tic Moms Network

hvr.com

iamaguardian.com

Inland Ranch

Innate Healing Center

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy


Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Institute for Responsible Technology


Institute for Sustainability and Ecology

Jimbo's Naturally

Ki
tchel Family Organics

Label Technology

Lily Films
-

The Future of Food

LabelGMOs


Livingmaxwell.com

Lundberg Family Farms

M2 Ingredients, Inc.

Marin Organic

Mayan Winds Imports LLC

Mercola.com


Michigan Nutrition Association

Moms Advocating Sustainability

Moms for Safe Food


Mt. Shasta Farmers' Market

Napa County Green Party


National Health Freedom Action

NaturalNews.com


Natural

Trading

Company

Nature's Path Foods

Neyers V
ineyards


Non
-
GMO Project


North American Society of Homeopaths



California Right to Know Campaign

Label Genetically Engineered Foods 2012, FPPC 1342851


Northeast Organic Farming Assoc./Massachusetts Organic Consumers Association

Oakland Institute

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Organic Ag Advisors

Organic Consumers Fund


Organic Seed Grow
ers and Trade Association

Organic Valley


Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations


Pesticide Action Network


Physicians for Social Responsibility
-

Los Angeles

Physicians for Social Responsibility
-

Sacramento

Physicians for Social Responsibil
ity
-

San Francisco Bay Area

Pines International, Inc.

Plant Your Dream Blog

POP Campaign


Preserving the Integrity of Napa's Agriculture


Prevention Institute


Provender Alliance


Public Citizen


RAFI


Raindancer Media

Rainforest Action Network


Real Food

Challenge


Rejuvenation & Well Being

Renovo Smoothies and Juices

Rincon
-
Vitova Insectaries, Inc.

Rodale Institute


Rooted Health

Roots of Change


San Luis Obispo Bee Company

Say No to GMOs


Seward Coop


Sierra Club California


Slow Food USA


Small Planet
Institute


Stoecker Ecological

Straus Family Creamery


Sustainable Fairfax

Sustainable Food Law

Sustainable Seed Inc.

Swanton Berry Farm

Task Runners Concierges Services

Tasty Brand, Inc.

The Canary Party


The Kombucha Association

The Organic & Non
-
GMO Rep
ort


The People's Congress

The Preventive Medicine Center

Tiffany Renee for Congress

Transition Town California Community Network


California Right to Know Campaign

Label Genetically Engineered Foods 2012, FPPC 1342851


California Community Network


United Farm Workers


United Natural Foods, Inc.


Weston A. Price Foundation

10th Assembly Distri
ct Democrats





















The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act
of 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

Because we all have a right to know what’s in the food we eat



Q: Why should we label genetically engineered food?


A:

Consume
rs have a right to know what’s in the food we buy and eat and feed our children, just
as we have the right to know how many calories are in the food we buy, or whether food comes
from other countries like Mexico or China. The same goes for whether our meat
, dairy, fruits, or

California Right to Know Campaign

Label Genetically Engineered Foods 2012, FPPC 1342851


vegetables are genetically engineered or contain genetically engineered ingredients. We should all
be able to make informed choices, and have the freedom to choose whether to buy genetically
engineered food or not.



Q
:
What is geneti
cally engineered food?



A: A genetically engineered (GE) food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially
altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign
compounds in that food. This type of
genetic alteration is not found in nature. Today, as much as
85% of corn and a majority of soy in the U.S. is genetically engineered to either produce its own
pesticide or withstand increased amounts of weed killer pesticide.
This corn is found in countles
s
processed foods such as cereals, baby foods, breads, chips, and many other products.

FDA is
currently considering approving a GE salmon that has been altered with an eel gene to promote
faster growth. Some of our most important staple food crops are bei
ng fundamentally altered, but
without proper labeling, we have no way of knowing which ones.



Q: How do I know if I’m eating genetically engineered food?


A:

You don’t. Many of the processed foods we eat and feed our children contain genetically
engineer
ed ingredients, but we have no way of knowing which because these foods aren’t labeled.


Q: What is the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act?


A:

The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act is simple: The initiative wou
ld

simply require food sold in retail outlets such as grocery stores (restaurants are not included) in

California to be labeled if it
is produced with genetic engineering. In addition to this disclosure,

genetically engineered foods are prohibited from bei
ng advertised as ‘natural.’


Q: Would this bring genetically engineered food up to accepted labeling standards?


A:

Yes. We have not always labeled foods with calorie or nutritional value, or allergen information,
but we do now, and most consumers use thi
s information every day to make informed choices in
the supermarket. The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act simply requires
food producers to also label food that are genetically engineered or contain genetically engineered
ingredient
s.



Q: What are the health risks of genetically engineered foods?


A:

That’s unclear. Unlike the strict safety evaluations required for the approval of new drugs, the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require health studies or safety testing of t
hese
genetically engineered foods for human consumption. However, independent studies do show that
genetically engineering food can create new, unintended toxicants and increase allergies and other
health problems. In 2011, Canadian researchers reported th
at 93 percent of pregnant women’s
blood and 80 percent of their fetal cord blood samples contained a toxin found in a genetically
engineered corn that produces its own pesticide (Bt corn). Experts around the world agree that by
labeling genetically enginee
red food, we can help identify any adverse health reactions that these
foods may cause.



Q: How many other countries require labeling of genetically engineered foods?


A:

50 countries including the European Union countries, Japan and China, already label


California Right to Know Campaign

Label Genetically Engineered Foods 2012, FPPC 1342851


genetically engineered foods. California should be a leader on this important issue here in the

United States.



Q: Couldn’t the California State Legislature just enact the labeling of genetically engineered
foods?


A:

Efforts to enact labeling laws in Con
gress and the California legislature have been blocked by
big food and chemical company lobbyists. This initiative will take the issue directly to the people.


Q: Where would the labels be?


A:

The initiative simply requires that a notation be added eithe
r on the front or back package

stating that the food is Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering, or May be Partially Produced
with Genetic Engineering. For whole foods that are not packaged, such as sweet corn or fresh fish,
store shelves would be requ
ired to post a label.


Q: Will there be a cost to consumers or food producers?


A:

No, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act is intended to have no cost
impact on consumers or food producers. The initiative will be extremely easy to
implement. It
simply requires that genetically engineered ingredients be disclosed on food packaging or labels
on store shelves for GE foods such as sweet corn or salmon. Companies change their labeling all
the time.



Q: What foods would be exempt from l
abeling under the initiative?


A:

The initiative does not require labeling for foods prepared for immediate consumption (for
example, food prepared for or at bake sales, restaurants, or salad bars), nor does it cover animals
that have been injected with gr
owth hormones such as rbGH, fed genetically engineered feed, or
cloned, as long as those animals have not themselves been genetically engineered.


Q: Would the public support something like this?


A:

Definitely. According to a recent EMC Research poll, 8
1 percent of California voters agree that if
food contains genetically engineered ingredients, it should be labeled as such.



Q: Who supports the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act?


A:

The initiative has already received early suppo
rt from a broad range of consumer advocates
and industry watch
-
dog organizations.


Q: How can I help?


A:

In order to pass The Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act in California in 2012, we
will need to reach out to all California voters. Sign up

to learn more about the campiagn at
www.carighttoknow.org
.





California Right to Know Campaign

Label Genetically Engineered Foods 2012, FPPC 1342851