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Thursday, October 4,2012

A right to know what’s in your dinner

By Jim Hightower

One of the most important elections being held on Nov. 6 doesn’t even have a Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian or other partisan on the ballot!

Yet, this contest in California will likely have a huge impact on national policy and on grassroots efforts to rein in the arrogance of corporate power that’s running roughshod over too many Americans. That’s why those powerful interests are going all out to win in California, bulldozing as much as $50 million into this one election — more than they’re putting into some of the big-money battles for U.S. Senate seats.

What’s the name of this popular, populist candidate who’s spooking CEOs of national corporations right out of their Guccis? Mr. Right-to-Know.

He’s on the November ballot as Proposition 37, a citizens’ initiative to require food conglomerates to label products containing genetically-manipulated organisms. These GMOs, developed in the engineering labs of such biotech giants as Monsanto and DuPont, have had their DNA unnaturally altered and quietly slipped into hundreds of processed foods without even telling us consumers about the adulteration. Also, adequate scientific studies have not been conducted on the long-term impacts that these manufactured organisms will have on human health, our environment and small farmers.

So, a broad coalition of these “people’s interests” came up with Prop 37 — not to ban GMOs, but simply to say that We The People have a right to know if the food and biotech profiteers have put these highly questionable organisms in the products we put on our families’ dinner tables. The people’s proposal is a straightforward, easy way to empower every consumer in the marketplace — and the corporate powers hate that.

For updates on Mr. Right-to-Know’s California campaign, go to www.caRightToKnow.org.

Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com

This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly.

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