Polling places have been closed for days now and provisional ballots may still be counted but we have the final results. 47% of California, 4.2 million voters showed support for GMO labeling by voting yes on Proposition 37. Unfortunately 53% did not support GMO labeling and voted no. $46 million big ones was spent by the opponents of Proposition 37 which employed a media campaign heavy on misinformation, but that is not important right now. We need to move the GMO labeling fight to our plate immediately. Here are a few tools for our non-violent arsenal.
Every election cycle California comes up with a proposition that gets the attention of the entire Country. While the California proposition system can be a confusing and convoluted one, I like to solidify my vote based on who is funding for and against. For this information I found KCET’s Proposition 2012 Cheat Sheet. This brings me to Proposition 37:
Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling Initiative. Requires labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants and animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits marketing such food, or other processed food, as “natural.” Provides exemptions.
62 other countries (even China) require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. So why is America so far behind on food transparency? Money!
Why is the labeling of our food and more specifically GMOs so important? Let this infographic do the explaining: Please share with others to spread this pertinent information – GreenUp! Guy Sources (larger version here): CenterForFoodsafety.org FDA.gov/food/labelingnutrition/default.htm Who.int/foodsafety/publications/biotech/20questions/en/ Scripps.org/news_items/4134-decoding-nutrition-labels Factoidz.com/the-facts-about-msg-and-your-health
Genetic Roulette is an informative documentary about the dangers of GMOs and how they quietly slipped into our food system back in 1996. Thanks to Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology for bringing this important information to the masses. You can enjoy Genetic Roulette for free until November 6th thanks to sponsors such as Nutiva, Bragg, Frey Vinyards and Organic Pastures to name a few.
The Environmental Working Group provides extremely useful information about clean and green living. From food to personal care products to cleaning solutions, the Environmental Working Group tests and rates the products on a scale of toxicity. The “Dirty Dozen” refers to produce in which pesticides are heavily utilized and should be bought as organic for your health. The Dirty Dozen is recruiting and not having difficulty finding candidates, newly added for 2012, green beans and kale. On the other end of the spectrum is the “Clean Fifteen” which refers to produce with the least amount of pesticides utilized when growing and may be bought as conventional. Do you see any member of the Clean Fifteen that you would demote to the Dirty Dozen?
source: Environmental Working Group
The election is about a month away and we still have a lot of work to do. The good news is that you may already be supporting GMO labeling, so good for you. While Proposition 37 GMO labeling campaign is California specific, the outcome will be felt across the Country.
Source: EasyFinance.com What do you think? What are your reasons for eating organic or not eating organic? – GreenUp! Guy
There are good corporations out there, believe it or not. There are corporations supporting our right to know what is in our food and have donated to the Yes on Proposition 37 campaign that will require labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods in California. Vote with your wallet and support these businesses.