Archive for October, 2012

Will the Battle to Require GMO Labeling Begin and End in California?

Monsanto and other pesticide and biotech giants have invested heavily to thwart proposed California legislation to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Proposition 37 asserts that we the citizens have the right to know if our food has been genetically engineered.

Predictably, opponents of the bill claim that if passed, it will increase food costs without positively impacting the safety of the food supply. However, the results of a recent two year French study –the first ever conducted to examine the LIFELONG effects of exposure to GMO corn on rats – sent shock waves through the scientific community.

Rather than stopping the study at 90 days as all previous studies had done (curious isn’t it?), the French scientists discovered that beginning at 120 days of exposure, the rats developed massive tumors , organ damage, and progressive illness leading to early death.

Most European countries have already mandated clear labeling of GMO foods, but as usual, corporate interests in the U.S. have so far outpaced the interests of Americans. Ground zero in the battle for your right to choose not to serve your family frankenfoods is in California.

If Prop 37 is accepted and GMO ingredient disclosure is required in California, food companies will face a tough PR challenge by not extending GMO label disclosure to other states. Therefore, a win in California leads to a win for all of us.

If the measure is defeated in California, where else can we hope to do better? The answer is nowhere. We will likely be cursed with hidden GMO’s for the foreseeable future… and based upon the French study results, a scary and tragic future indeed.

What Can You Do?

Make sure that this issue is not buried within your realms of influence… especially if you have any contacts who can vote or influence a vote in California in the upcoming election. To learn more about Prop 37 and how you can support it, click here .

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