A new research study
recently raised questions about the health risks of Monsanto's genetically engineered corn.
Due to this research, the Yes on 37 campaign have released a new ad on Friday, which highlights the fact that California children may be eating Monsanto's new GMO sweet corn, without their parents actually knowing it.
Starting this summer, Monsanto began selling its first GMO sweet corn product in grocery stores such as Walmart
. This sweet corn has been engineered to withstand the weed-killer Roundup, and also contains an insecticide (Bt toxin) within the cells of the corn itself.
Susan Lang, a stay-at-home mother in Sacramento says, “This pesticide corn looks like regular corn, but it’s not.”
Lang organized a protest at Walmart
earlier this month to call attention to concerns about the GMO sweet corn.
And then, just last week, the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology
published the first-ever long-term health study of genetically engineered corn, which linked a GMO corn made by Monsanto to tumors and organ damage.
This peer-reviewed study has prompted an investigation in Europe and suspension of US corn
imports into Russia.
Lang says, “In light of recent research linking genetically modified corn to potential health risks, I believe I have a right to know if the corn I’m feeding my children has been genetically engineered to contain pesticides. That’s why I support Prop. 37.”
On the opposite side of Proposition 37, the bill which will force labeling of GMO products and comes up for voting in November this year, is Missouri-based pesticide giant Monsanto Co.
Monsanto is the leading funder of the "No to 37" campaign, with contributions totaling $7.1 million to date.
Despite the fact that Monsanto supported similar efforts in Europe, the company is doing its best to prevent labeling of GMO products in the USA.
Stacy Malkan, media director of California Right to Know, says, “Monsanto has a history of misleading the public about the science and health risks of their products. Now there is a giant question mark dangling over the safety of Monsanto's GMO corn. The latest research makes it clear that long-term, independent studies are urgently needed to understand the health risks of genetically engineered food.”
“In the meantime, we have a right to know whether our food has been altered in a laboratory, and a right to choose whether or not to expose their families to any potential risks. Only Proposition 37 guarantees us that right.”
For more information about the California Right to Know campaign, please visit: www.CaRightToKnow.org