» Proposition 37- Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Debate
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Consumer, Father, Tennis Player, Small Business Owner, and Activist as Orange, Tustin and Santa Ana's Area Leader for the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act of 2012. Last year in October I walked the full length of the "Right to Know March Brooklyn to the White House" Armed with pamphlets of our literature and sheer conviction, in every street, in every city, we educated American’s on GMO's and Sustainable Agriculture. Since the March, I have worked full time as a volunteer leader to educate other volunteers and the public about GMO's.
Founder, Food Democracy Now.
A spokesperson for the No on Prop. 37 campaign. Brendan is a public policy consultant and the past CEO of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association as well as a former Director of Public Policy with Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Brendan also served as a legislative aide in the State Assembly for 7 years. A UCLA alumnus and third generation Angeleno, Brendan resides with his wife, Tamar, and their two sons in the San Fernando Valley where he is involved with their local school and little league sports.
George Salmas, Esq.
The managing principal of The Food Lawyers®. Our law firm provides legal services to all manner of businesses, with a specialty in the food industry - food manufacturers, owners of food brands, and food distribution companies. We provide our food sector clients with full service representation in such areas as FDA, USDA, CDF&A and other aspects of food law. We provide all of our clients (food and non-food) with representation respecting trademarks, litigation, antitrust, contracts, financing, equipment acquisition, real estate, and all other manner of legal support that a business concern needs to function.
A public sector educator, scientist and consumer advocate. After earning his doctorate at Oxford University, Dr McHughen worked at Yale University and the University of Saskatchewan before joining the University of California, Riverside. He served on recent US National Academy of Sciences panels investigating the environmental effects of transgenic plants, and a second investigating the health effects of genetically modified foods. He is now Past President and Treasurer of the International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR). Having developed internationally approved commercial crop varieties using both conventional breeding and genetic engineering techniques, he has firsthand experience with the relevant issues from both sides of the regulatory process. As an educator and consumer advocate, he helps non-scientists understand the environmental and health impacts of both modern and traditional methods of food production.
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Statement of Purpose: The purpose of this measure is to create and enforce the fundamental right of the people of California to be fully informed about whether the food they purchase and eat is genetically engineered and not misbranded as natural so that they can choose for themselves whether to purchase and eat such foods. It shall be liberally construed to fulfill this purpose.
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“Proposition 37 is a common-sense November ballot measure that will help consumers make informed choices about the food they eat. Written with broad input from food groups, industry, science, legal and health experts Prop. 37 (The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act) requires clear labels letting consumers know if foods are genetically modified. We already have food labels showing nutrition, allergy information and other facts consumers want to know. This measure simply adds information telling us if food is produced using genetic engineering.”
“Proposition 37 would ban the sale of tens of thousands of perfectly-safe, common grocery products only in California unless they are specially repackaged, relabeled or made with higher cost ingredients. Prop 37 is a deceptive, deeply flawed food labeling scheme that would add more government bureaucracy and taxpayer costs, create new frivolous lawsuits, and increase food costs by billions — without providing any health or safety benefits. That’s why Prop 37 is opposed by a broad coalition of family farmers, scientists, doctors, business, labor, taxpayers and consumers.”
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