For some time I have been squawking about the frauds, charlatans and crackpots that are out in front on the Prop. 37 law in California.
One of my prime targets is the anti-vaccine Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumers Union. His group has ponied up over $600,000. In a recent “open letter” posted on the Common Dreams website, he gives up the real motivation behind this law. He begins by talking about organic sales only make up a measly 4.2% of the food pie. He wants that market share to grow. How?
The burning question for us all then becomes how – and how quickly – can we move healthy, organic products from a 4.2% market niche, to the dominant force in American food and farming?
The first step is to change our labeling laws.
He then continues peddling his anti-science nonsense. Basically, since the organic industry can’t compete with conventional and gmo, get a law passed that will scare people into abandoning their brands and choosing organic.
“Restoring consumers’ right to know, banning the industry practice of marketing GMO-tainted foods as “natural,” and starting to drive genetically engineered foods off supermarket shelves will not solve all of the life and death issues that are currently staring us in the face…”
But, the advocates say, it’s just about the right to know. A simple label. Right? Apparently not, according to Cummins. The goal is to cripple farmers who make the choice to use gmo seeds.
This won’t really shut down Monsanto and other big multi-nationals. It will hurt the farmers who made the choice to use gmo seeds. And not all farmers who use gmo are big factory farms.