GMOs & America’s Right To Know (CA-Prop. 37)

Food Movement into National Debate

The potential passage of Proposition 37 in California, which would require foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled, is likely to spark a national debate beyond the current ‘food movement’ [1].  A long-awaited national discussion of whether foods that contain GMOs should be labeled here in the U.S. as they are required in over 40 nations worldwide including UK, China, India, Australia, Spain and Japan. [2]

Americans don’t want to breathe harmful pollutants, drink toxic brown water, or eat genetically engineered foods.  In fact, according to, over 90% of Americans agree that GMO food should be labeled and more than one million people have contacted the FDA to let them know that we have the right to know what is in our food.

Our Food, Our Bodies, Our Choice

As we become more aware and interested in where our food comes from and how it is produced [1], we become more connected to our food.  Once that connection is made we become more interested in the quality of our food and the harmful effects  of the synthetic and chemical components that we put into our bodies.  With an increased demand for regulation and labeling, large food producers such as KelloggCoca-Cola & PepsiCo., fear that most people will choose to not risk eating genetically engineered food because it might cut into their flagrant profit.

This fear of a loss in profit has caused those food producers to pour millions of dollars in opposition to labeling food containing GMOs.  This close to the vote, “Monsanto and other pesticide companies are spending more than $1 million a day to convince California voters that it is not in their best interest to know whether the food they eat is genetically engineered.” [3]  The majority of the funding is from the same chemical companies that claimed DDT and Agent Orange were safe. [3]

There are conclusive studies showing the harmful effects of GMOs for consumption, the environment [4] and to the entire U.S. agricultural system. [5]   According to Mark Bittman, a more sustainable approach to farming would enable us to “(g)row all the food we need, and profitable, with far fewer chemicals.” [6]  Fewer chemicals may impact corporate profit margins, but they are better for public health and overall.

Whether Proposition 37 passes in California or not will impact GMO labeling requirements for the nation. Don’t we all have a right to know what is in the food we eat everyday? The right to choose what we feed our families?

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