Like to know what you’re eating? Vote Yes on Proposition 37
“GMO” stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, and Monsanto doesn’t want you to know if you’re eating them or not. I want to know. I like to know how many calories are in my packaged foods, how much fiber per serving, and all that information is included in the food I buy from the grocery stores. But the food I buy does not include information about whether it is a GMO product.

This November we have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. This law would not prohibit genetically engineered food--it would only ensure that GMO’s are labeled as such when sold in stores to human consumers. There would be a phase-in period allowing food producers time to convert their labels. Ready to eat foods, such as meals served in restaurants would be excluded from the labeling requirement. Also, minute amounts of unavoidable gmo contaminants will not
be required to be labeled. GMO producers would no longer be able to term their food “natural”, because it isn’t natural.

Organisms are genetically modified for various reasons, but most often seeds are inserted with properties that make them less susceptible to herbicides or pesticides. This gives the farmers the ability to grow their crops using more herbicides or pesticides.

The process of genetic modification entails genes being isolated and extracted from one species and inserted into another usually unrelated species. When they insert the genes into other organisms, there is no way to predict into what sequence of the organism’s DNA or RNA it will appear next to. We do not know in each operation if the insertions may block, inhibit or release a genetic property of the recipient plant’s functioning. Another possible drawback is that if the public is not told what organism has been extracted from, this could result in unintended allergic reactions.

Fighting this proposition are the big biotech companies, big agribusiness, and food producers, outspending the proponents ten to one. You would think that if GMO’s were a great and wonderful thing, these companies would be proud to label their products “New improved! Now with GMOs!” but they do know it is nothing to brag about to the consumers, who are more and more conscious about what they are eating and striving for more truly natural ingredients.

If this proposition passes, we will be the first state in the US to require labeling of GMOs, but we will be joining 50 other counties in this important benefit to consumers. Vote YES on Proposition 37 this November in California so that you will know what you’re eating.