As an organic loving vegan in New Jersey, I watched California’s Proposition 37 closely.
Proposition 37, a Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Initiative, was on California’s November 6, 2012 ballot, where it was defeated.
If Proposition 37 had been approved, it would have:
- Required 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.
- Prohibited labeling or advertising such food as “natural.”
- Exempted from this requirement 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.
Why would a resident of new Jersey care about Prop 37? Because it would have been a huge step forward in honest labeling. It would set the precedent for state after state to follow. Most developing countries do not consider GMO’s to be safe. Another day, another rant, I will tell you how I feel about the Monsanto madness. Today let’s just talk GMO and the need for truth in labeling.
There is no doubt that this critical truth in labeling campaign will continue to rise up. Its gaining traction and the day will come when the noise of the people and their purchasing power will be greater than that of lobbyists and corporate conglomerates.
Let’s start with your purchasing power. Your wallet and the way you use what’s in it pack a wallop folks. Why else would Scott products suddenly have a “green line”? (Marcal and Seventh Generation have always had recycled paper towels and their other products are Eco Friendly as well. Stick with the real deals. Just my opinion stuck in here).
If you want to see if you are eating organic produce or not, just look at the code on the produce. Here’s a handy reference – 9 is divine, 8 not on my plate.
Next, take a look at these companies. They oppose GMO labeling. Why? I think it’s because if people really understood they were eating frankenstein foods, and they could easily choose otherwise by reading labels, these brands and companies would have a big money problem. So again, use your money to educate them. Take these brand and companies off your shopping list next time you visit the grocery.
Education is the best tool when you are ready to step up and change the world for the better. To give you a jump start, here’s a couple of great websites for you to spend some time with.