“Almost all the corn and soybeans grown in the United States now contain DNA derived from bacteria. The foreign gene makes the soybeans resistant to an herbicide used in weed control, and causes the corn to produce its own insecticide.”
“The F.D.A. has said that labeling is generally not necessary because the genetic modification does not materially change the food.”
In the upcoming elections there’s a lot more to vote on than who is going to be our president for the next four years. Each state has different propositions to vote for, ranging from more money for schools, to making sure that the porn industry mandates condom use during filming. But, Proposition 37 is something that could change California’s food system and make a large impact on what people eat. This proposition is about labeling foods that contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). This will further aid people who have to avoid certain additives or allergens. It will also make people aware of what they are putting in their bodies in general. If passed, California would be the first state in the US to have such a labeling law.
Other countries already label their GMO foods, such as England and parts of India. These countries eat a very natural diet (low in processed and pre-prepared foods) and want the public to know what they are eating. I have been reading a lot on both sides of the labeling argument. The people who are against labeling say GMOs are able to produce more food for society, and labeling is both an added level of bureaucracy and an added stigma that gets in the way of this goal. And more food is a good thing, right? Well, considering that the United States wastes a good amount of food and experiences complications from over-processed foods such as obesity and heart disease, I don’t think that we need more food exactly, especially food that is not naturally produced…just my thought.
There are large companies, like Monsanto (which is a pesticide company) that are assuring investors that GMO labeling will not be something that will affect them. Those same companies pour millions of dollars into the campaign to defeat this proposition. Their claim seems unlikely, because there are at least 20 other states who are thinking of having GMO foods be labeled.
I sat next to a farmer on a plane a few weeks ago and we discussed this Proposition, as well as shopping for local produce at farmers markets and through food co-ops. He did not have much knowledge on the matter. He did become quite angry that people seem to be unaware of the benefits of GMO foods. When I asked what the benefits were, and he didn’t know. I left the conversation pretty upset that this farmer has large contracts with Costco, Ralphs,Wal-Mart, and even some grocers in Chile, but was not able to name the benefits of the foods he promoted as beneficial! Many people with similar convictions and lack of knowledge have no idea what the benefits of natural food are!
How can we not know what we are eating? Why do we feel that hunger pang and run to the closest restaurant forgetting about our health and just taking in the food that they give us? We deserve to know what we are eating. We deserve to have to choice when it comes to food. In this upcoming election vote YES on Proposition 37! f you are not in California, start fighting and researching how your state can have the choice to have foods GMO labeled!