GMO labeling didn’t do so well in the most recent election cycle. Colorado voters rejected their proposed GMO bill by a 65-35 margin. After a recount in Oregon, that state’s bill lost by 837 votes. Two hard-to-take losses, one because the margin was so great, and one because it was so teeny.
Did We Really Lose?
From Australia to Vietnam, 64 countries currently have GMO labeling. All we’re asking is to have the same right in the U.S. Just let us know what’s in our food, then we can decide for ourselves if we want to buy and eat it. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
Although we lost those elections, the campaigns in favor of the bills gave us a chance to educate thousands of Americans about the concerns of the pro-labeling faction. We still have the opportunity to educate a lot of folks about GMOs, pesticides, and the possible effects they could have on our bodies and environment.
I became aware of GMOs when my son developed allergies as a toddler. If only food shopping was as easy as the GMO cartoon in our story. I became a grocery store sleuth, learning the ins and outs of organic and non-organic food. The process took me a while, but, like you, I was curious and wanted to learn more so I could do right by my family.
We Can Dream, and We Can Work
A smashing win would be the FDA and the USDA working together to educate Congress and pass a law requiring the labeling of GMOs that then gets signed with a flourish by the President followed by an all organic after-party. While that fantasy is about as likely as (organic) pigs flying, we can still talk to our friends and neighbors and let them know they have choices. As the GMO labeling campaign becomes a battleground in additional states in the months and years ahead, voters by the thousands will learn more. Until then, WE can do it the old-fashioned way, one person at a time, friend to friend, neighbor to neighbor. Are you in?
Learn more: We interviewed Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farms about GMO labeling.