I don’t think you question my passion for real food and choosing organic food when possible. One big part of the reason I seek out organics is because of my concerns about genetically modified foods (especially corn since it is in soooo many items we consume) but wouldn’t it be nice to always know if the food you are about to purchase is Genetically Engineered/Modified?
California’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act will be on November’s ballot as Proposition 37. “The Right to Know measure calls for labeling genetically engineered foods and, if passed, would be the first law in the United States requiring labeling of a wide range of genetically engineered foods.”
“This November, consumers in California will cast a critical vote on the right to know whether the foods they enjoy are genetically modified. This is simply a matter of consumer choice,“ said Marion Nestle, professor at the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University and author of the blog FoodPolitics.com.
“The California Right to Know initiative is a simple measure that requires labeling of genetically engineered foods, which are plants or crops that have had their DNA artificially altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration occurs in a laboratory and is not found in nature. The United States is one of the only developed nations that does not provide consumers with labels stating that the food has been genetically engineered.”
Did you know that in Europe, maybe 5% of their foods contains GMO’s? Do you know that in the U.S., that number is 70%? In America, our government says “prove it’s NOT safe”…and in Europe they had a different approach. They said “you need to prove it IS safe.” Those are two very different approaches to food safety. Today GMOs comprise about 70% of the food supply at the grocery store, compared to 5% in Europe.
Don’t you agree that we have a fundamental right to know what we are eating?
Are you thinking ‘Why do I care because I do not live in California? Because this is part of a movement that can spread across the United States and hopefully, a proposition of this sort can be on the ballot in your state.
If you are on Twitter, you can get invovled by tweeting about this issue as much as you can from now till November using both hashtags #yeson37 & #labelgmos when doing so. You can also copy and tweet this: “Passionate abt. labeling #GMOs? Join #CARighttoknow Evangelist Team to make a difference! http://bit.ly/NiCGV4 #yeson37”.
If you have a blog, you can get invovled as well by joining in the team!
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