25 October 2012
California's Prop 37 - Labeling GMOs
Educate yourself on the upcoming measure that will require the labeling of GMO foods
Over the last month, there has been an appropriately abundant amount of Non-GMO related content on the Internet because October is Non-GMO Month. This year in California, Non-GMO Month couldn't have come at a better time. On the November ballot is Prop 37, California's Non-GMO related proposition requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods. There is plenty of information available to confuse and even mislead the voters out there. We won't tell you how to vote -- because we don't like being told what to do either -- but we will give you the tools you need to make an educated decision that fits what's best for you and your family.
On the ballot, Proposition 37 is described as:
"Requires labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits marketing such food, or other processed food, as 'natural.' Provides exemptions."
In short, Prop 37 will:
- Require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
- Prohibit labeling or advertising such food, or other processed food, as "natural."
- Exempt 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.
California's Proposition 37 could be the beginning of a new era for the USA. Prop 37 proposes that all food containing GMO's be labeled as such. It has been speculated that the passage of Prop 37 would move more companies in the direction of sourcing Non-GMO ingredients. This would in turn create a demand for more Non-GMO ingredient supply production across the country continuing to drive costs down.
If Prop 37 passes, we hope it will contribute to a rise in standards of our food system and bring awareness to problems that exist within it.
For more information and reading on the upcoming ballot measure check out the links below: