Many of you know that I have a major beef with The Nature Conservancy in that they take millions of dollars from polluters like Monsanto as well as keep those companies on their Business Council. It turns out that TNC and Monsanto have something else in common, too – neither of them want the new GMO food labeling law in California to pass next Tuesday on election day. The Nature Conservancy, in taking tons of money from Monsanto, is not supporting the labeling of our food supply while nearly every other environmental group one could think of is supporting it.
Coincidence? I think not. I think TNC is afraid that if they back it, Monsanto won’t pay their bills anymore.
Over at the Yes On 37 website, which is the leader of this initiative here in California, they have a list of all the supporters of this bill. If it passes here, you can bet it will soon start to go nationwide. Major endorsers include: Most of the major health, faith, labor, environmental and consumer groups in California, including the California Nurses Association, California Democratic Party, California Labor Federation, United Farm Workers, American Public Health Association, Consumers Union, California Council of Churches IMPACT, Sierra Club, Whole Foods Market, Natural Resources Defense Council, Organic Consumers Association, Center for Food Safety, Consumer Federation of America, Pesticide Action Network, Center for Food Safety, Environmental Working Group, Breast Cancer Fund, Mercola Health Resources, Public Citizen, MoveOn and Food Democracy Now!
Those against it include Monsanto, General Mills, DuPont, Pepsi, Bayer, Coke, Nestle, Con-Agra Foods, most of which are on The Nature Conservancy’s Business Council. Seems fishy, right?
Here’s the full list of enviro group supporters and you can see the other 3,000+ supporters on the Yes On 37 website:
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Butte Environmental Council
California League of Conservation Voters
California Native Plant Society North Coast Chapter
California Native Plant Society Sanhedrin Chapter
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Environmental Health
Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
Communities for a Better Environment
Earth Island Institute
Environmental Protection Information Center – EPIC
Environmental Working Group
Feather River College, Environmental Studies Department
Friends of the Earth
Gaia Creations Ecological Landscaping and Permaculture Solutions
Green Action for Health and Environmental Justice
Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy
Mangrove Action Project
Mendocino Environmental Center
Mother Earth’s Marines (Camp Nast Assocs. LLC
Napa Valley Naturalists
National Resources Defense Council
Northcoast Environmental Center
Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society
OCIA Research & Education, Inc.
Ojai Valley Green Coalition
Pesticide Free Zone
Rainforest Action Network
Sierra Club, Tehipite Chapter
Sierra Club- Yahi Group
Sustainable Living Roadshow
Teens Turning Green
The Eco Friendly Club at Roseland University Prep
The Love Planet Foundation
The Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research at Slippery Rock University
Transition Towns California Network
Tri-City Ecology Center
Tuolumne River Trust
YES! Youth for Environmental Sanity
If you live in California, I urge you to learn the facts about GMO food labeling and to vote YES on Prop 37. We deserve to know what is in the food we eat, even if The Nature Conservancy doesn’t think so.
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