Although Prop 37, also known as the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, is a California initiative, it has national implications. Prop 37 would require food manufacturers to label any foods containing genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. This is a major win for consumers and a setback for companies like Monsanto.
Under Prop 37, food manufacturers not located in California would still need to follow the new labeling law in order to sell their goods in California. In general, food manufacturers tend to follow the regulations of the state that has the most stringent labeling requirements. So, if Prop 37 passes, we could be seeing a national move toward labeling GMO products.
I want to underscore how serious this issue is. Considering how little we know about the health effects of GMOs, it’s insane that this is an issue we have to fight for. The good news is, when you buy organic, you don’t have to worry about GMOs, but not everyone is able to buy organic all the time. So, let’s make this ridiculous practice known to everyone, and let’s end GMOs. This is the first step – educating consumers so they know what’s in the food they’re buying and the potential dangers it might contain.
Be sure you are registered to vote in the election on November 6, and vote yes on Prop 37.
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