California voters will be the first in the country to have a chance to approve a law to label genetically modified foods (GMOs) this November. Anyone who wants to know what their eating needs to pay attention to this potential law.
Please note: This isn’t a bill to ban GMOs, merely to label these foods so consumers can make a conscious choice of whether or not to ingest them. Labeling doesn’t sound too crazy, does it? Well, according to some very important food lobbyists, this is heresy and needs to be stopped immediately. They are pumping a LOT of money towards defeating this bill and it’s going to be an ugly, ugly fight. You can find out a lot more by Googling Prop 37 GMO and seeing the search results.
According to the California Right to Know movement, GMO foods are plant or animal products that have had their DNA artificially altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria in ways that cannot occur in nature. Currently over 40% of the world’s population already labels genetically engineered food, including all of the European Union, but also China and Mexico. In 50 countries there are either heavy restrictions or outright bans on GMOs. So why is the U.S. so far behind in this debate?
Big Guns vs. Squirt Guns
Right now, the big guns (food lobbyists) appear to be well-funded through a combination of farmers’ subsidies and the money we give them from buying their food. The supporters of the bill are mostly using social media to help spread the word. It’s working rather well, but will it hold up to the onslaught of commercials that voters will like see over and over again? If you believe in the True Food Movement, then it’s time to lend a hand!
How You Can Help
Be a supporter of Prop 37 by talking to people about it. Share this article, talk to your friends and neighbors, even donate money to the cause. You’ll find a plethora of information about labeling GMO foods, what’s happening in California, and what you can do in your home state.
We invite you to gather your own information and make your own decisions about GMOs that are likely in your food. Let us know your thoughts below, and if anyone is in Massachusetts and would like to do something about this cause, please email us and perhaps we can start a little group in our backyard.