If you are a multiple health newsletter subscriber like me, you may have received an email about “Proposition 37” vote. It is a Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Initiative, and it is on the November 6, 2012 ballot in California as an initiated state statute.
If Proposition 37 is approved by voters, it will:
- Require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
- Prohibit labeling or advertising such food as “natural.”
- Exempt from this requirement are foods that are “certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.”
It is way overdue for GMO labeling. We have a right to know what is in our food. If GMO is safe, then why have giant pesticide and big food companies donated more than $32 million to defeat Yes on 37 to label GMOs in California? Earlier this spring, the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), of which Monsanto is a leading partner, declared that defeating Prop 37 was its single highest priority for 2012. What’s wrong with these people and our government???
A few weeks ago a French study announced that rats fed Monsanto’s GMO corn or even exposed to its top-selling weedkiller, “Roundoup”, suffered from tumors and multiple organ damage. (watch the video)
The French government has called for an investigation into GMOs and has said that it would seek an immediate ban on EU imports, should the findings indicate a detrimental impact on human health. The French Agriculture Minister has asked European authorities to abandon the use of GMO crops.
While France continues investigations into the possible dangers of GMOs to human health, Russia suspended the import and use of Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn.
In Europe all products containing more than .9 percent GMO are labeled as such. But in the US, there is no such standard. We would like to believe that our foods come from nature, but that’s far from the case. Currently, 30 other countries have significant restrictions placed on GMOs.
So, please support GMO labeling movement. Go to http://www.carighttoknow.org/ and join “Yes on 37”