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We request that the Monsanto Company publicly endorse California’s PROPOSITION 37 - the November, 2012 ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically modified foods sold in California.
… People have a right to know what ingredients are in their food.
… Millions of people are concerned about genetically engineered food for reasons related to environment, health, and/or social issues, and want genetically engineered food to be labeled. As a matter of integrity their concerns should be respected.
… Current regulations in California and the U.S. do not require labeling of genetically engineered food.
… California’s Proposition 37 would require that genetically engineered food sold at retail in California be labeled.
… 970,000 signatures were gathered in California to place Prop 37 on the ballot. Many more consumers in California, the U.S. and the world want to be told if their food contains genetically modified ingredients.
… Monsanto pledges on its website to demonstrate integrity, respect, ethical behavior, perspective and honesty in everything its employees, contractors and management do.
… Monsanto also pledges to provide extensive educational programs, and to “ensure that information is available, accessible, and understandable.”
… In the U.S. Monsanto continues to oppose the labeling of genetically engineered foods, even though it would indicate they contain Monsanto’s own products.
… In European countries Monsanto has publicly stated that food labeling has Monsanto’s full backing and that Monsanto fully supported food manufacturers and retailers in their introduction of labels on genetically engineered food in Europe.
… Monsanto currently complies with labeling regulations in the European Union.
Many people believe that those who choose organic foods instead of "regular" everyday food found in supermarkets are a bunch of tree hugging hippies. But what these people don't know is that the "regular" foods they eat are actually genetically modified (GM) and may be at risk of many unknown health problems and complications.
These foods are not only harmful to the individuals that consume but also to the environment and the ecosystem as a whole.
That is why this petition argues the importance and superiority of organic foods as an alternative to industrialized and modified foods.
The current generation of genetically modified (GM) crops poses unnecessarily risks to the health of the population and the environment.
Present knowledge is not sufficient to safely and predictably modify the plant genome, and the risks of serious side-effects far outweigh the benefits.
We urge you to stop allowing participants in your programs to feed their infants formula that contains genetically modified ingredients.
Genetically Engineered foods could potentially be hazardous to our health and are already proven harmful to the environment.