Vote Yes on 37

by Kristen Buchanan on October 30, 2012 · 4 comments

Why is voting on Prop 37 important to California surfers? It all began when farmers moved away from traditional farming. Farmers used to rotate their crops and this helped control the insects and kept the soil rich and full of nutrients. Today, most of the soil our food is planted in is depleted of nutrients and full of chemicals.

This is where it gets scary. The Monsanto laboratories invented seeds (Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs) that create their own small pesticide factory within the seed. Weeds and pests die when sprayed while the “edible” plant survived. How convenient and profitable for the same company that sells both the GMO seeds and the pesticide marketed under the name RoundUp.

And now, farms have rows and rows of one single crop called mono crops. Airplanes then dump thousands of pounds of pesticides to control the pests and weeds. These toxic chemicals run off the land and into our waterways. The waterways dump into the ocean – the same ocean where we spend our lives surfing in.

61 countries including all of Europe, Russia, China label GMO’s. And some countries outright ban them. In California, we now have the power to change the landscape of our farms and the grocery store shelves. Prop 37 requires food companies to label their food if it contains any GMOs.

As a consumer, you will now know exactly what is inside the food you are eating. And as a surfer, you can reduce the amount of toxic pesticide runoff at your local break.

If you love the ocean and transparency in our food labeling, please vote YES on Prop 37.

Kristen Buchanan C.N.
Founder of The GoodOnYa Bar, Surfer and Non GMO activist.
www.thegoodonyabar.com


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Richard Naef October 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm

You are quite right to campaign against the actions of Montsanto, something we have been aware of in the UK for many years.

However there are many useful, legitimate and safe uses of Genetic modification that may well allow us to feed the estimated 9 Billion people who will be living on our planet in 20 years time.

By utilising natural processes GM can allow plants to defend themselves against the pests that destroy the majority of the food grown in the world today, tehrefore consigning billions to food poverty and millions to starvation.

Genetic Modification is vital tool in securing a fair and prosperous future for everyone on this plant – do not let Monsanto’s fascist actions blind you from learning more about the true value of GM.

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Steve Sales October 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm

With respect MS. Buchanan voting No on Prop 37 will have no effect on changing Monsanto’s GMO programs. It will however make a whole lot of lawyers rich by letting them sue the farmers growing our food. That’s what poorly written law does. Thanks though, for letting me know “all I needed to about Prop 37.” In your opinion. You having the power to change the landscape of the farms in California is not a comforting thought by the way.

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Amy November 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Steve what the heck are you talking about? You are really confused by this prop. The only lawsuits that have happened is Monsanto suing the farmers for basically patent infringement. It’s insane! Do even know what you are talking about or getting some talking points from the right and the commercials?

GMO’s, mono-crops, factory crap farms create a lot of run off.
Anything we can do to lessen that would be helpful.

Peace.

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Steve Sales November 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Amy, I am not confused about Prop37. I work in the ag business here in California and if you will go and re-read my first post again carefully you will note I said the law is poorly wrtten, very poorly constructed. It will cause more trouble to the us as consumers and to the producers farmers with price increases than the benefits it might bring. I am not trying to shield the likes of Monsanto, ADM, Wilbur-Ellis et al. Many of us in the ag biz have read and studied this bill, it sucks for too many people. Write a better bill.

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