A Workshop on Gathering Signatures for the CA GMO Labeling Initiative

Concerned about GMO’s?  Would you like to help? Here’s a way.

Anyone in Humboldt County who has pledged to gather signatures or would like to gather signatures is welcome to attend a workshop Thursday, Dec. 1st at the Garberville Veterans Hall. Come learn from the signature gathering leader, Ken Masterton, how to ensure that we get valid signatures to get the GMO labeling initiative on the 2012 ballot! Let’s show how strongly Humboldt County feels about GMO labeling in California! See you there.

Thursday, Dec. 1st 4p.m.- 5p.m.
Garberville Veterans Hall

Contact Rosa Rashall for additional questions
(707) 986-7469


  • Thank you. I’d like to see this labeling initiative make the ballot. I’d like to know what’s in the food I eat, where it comes from, and whether it’s from GMOs or not. Ultimately the end consumer would have a choice if this is important or not to them, and labeling is the first step for making an informed decision. Transparency is always a good idea. Unless you’re the company calling the shots, worried that GMOs could instill a negative buzz affecting profit margins if labeled on products.

    It bothers me that major food manufacturers/GMO producers are so against having consumers informed in the US of GMOs by labeling, even though it’s a widely accepted and adopted practice throughout the world. Of course, the whole idea of labeling in general– knowing what ingredients were in a product– was widely fought against back in the early 1900’s by major food and drug manufacturers who didn’t want you to know what’s in a product, how it was made, or afraid you wouldn’t buy it if you knew more. They’d rather you were kept in the dark about the unseemly details, the fact that it didn’t work or deliver as promised, or it was a snake oil product boosted by some imaginary smoke and mirrors advertsiing claims.

    Sometimes I wonder if 30 years from now– and as the health risks become readily apparent– about hydrogenated fats, high fructose corn sugar, preservatives and chemicals, fast foods, meat processing, e-coli and salmonella outbreaks, and GMOs, future generations in the US will ask, “What were you thinking?” Of course, if you’ve ever seen the (more pure, less processed and preserved) ingredients of food products in other countries– take Switzerland for example– we’ll ask that same question ourselves.

  • I would be real curious to hear Governor Jerry Brown’s position on GMO crop labeling in California. Many state Governors such as our current US Department Of Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack (Former Gov. of Iowa) are staunch proponents of GMO crops and will veto legislation requiring labeling of such crops. Many of our so called public servants and representatives in the USDA have worked for the GMO industry and still receive a pension from corporations like Monsanto. I studied Horticulture for years in college working towards a degree and am personally against the mixing of GMO and heirloom and hybrid species genetics. I can see the use of GMO crops being useful or essential in hot, dry, and inhospitable terrain where populations go starving though. Places such as Ethiopia. I could see mold and mildew being a problem for organic crops in the rainforests of South America as well. GMO crops could be useful should be labeled and segregated from original seedlines of species, no matter what. Governor Brown will have the deciding signature of his pen if a bill is ever passed in California.

  • much appreciation kym for posting this information!

  • Here’s another worry with GMO: reduction of seed stocks with variation, especially in the developing countries. A farmer could get better crops from the GMO seeds under certain conditions, but then get an especially wet or dry or windy year, or an infestation of a particular bug, and be completely wiped out. The variation in regular seeds, especially heirloom but also modern hybrids, means that those seeds produce plants with a variety of strengths. The short stubby plants in your field that you disdained last year may be the ones that stand up best to gale-force winds this year, etc.

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