On November 6th, Californians will head to the polls and decide the fate of Prop 37. The passing of Prop 37 would require the labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants or animals with GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and would also prohibit the marketing of such food as “natural.”
For me this is a no-brainer. I absolutely believe I have the right to know if products I am buying are made with GMOs.
There are many arguments against it and many companies are paying BIG bucks to fight Prop 37, but as far as my family and I are concerned there is NO reason BIG enough or VALID enough to keep us in the dark. I should have the right to make an informed decision about what I buy and eat. It’s about TRANSPARENCY.
Prohibited in many countries (e.g. France), no one really knows the health risks of genetically engineered food. This is a transparency measure, which will allow the consumer to make an informed decision. – The Bay Area Reporter
Consumers have a right to know what they are buying and consuming. – The Marin Independent Journal
I do not know what the effects of ingesting GMOs in humans are, no one does. There have been no long term studies done on humans. That is exactly why I should have the right to err on the side of caution.
Regardless of whether Prop 37 passes or not, this issue is not going away. The public will continue to demand to know how their food is being produced, the public deserves to know. Big companies can continue to fight labeling in regards to the use of GMOs, but MARK MY WORDS: eventually, they will lose.
Why fight the truth? Why fight disclosure? To know or not to know, why is this even a question? My advice to companies fighting the labeling: take all that money that is being used to fight measures like Prop 37 and invest it in your customers. If you want your consumers to believe in your company, to support your company, to keep spending their money on your products, then please believe in your consumers, please support your consumers, and we will spend our money accordingly.
Until it becomes the standard for companies to label GMOs, I will do my best to avoid unknowingly buying them by purchasing organic (when I can afford it) or Non-GMO Project Verified options.
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