Following my post about the two-part video series called, The GMO Ticking Time Bomb, I’d like to share with you the on-going ballot initiative in California, dubbed as Prop 37 or the labeling of food containing GMOs.
If it pushes through, prop 37 would enact the country’s first law requiring companies to label genetically modified foods. It can provide the public with sufficient information about the food we buy and eat.
Essentially, Prop 37 requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. It also prohibits labeling or advertising such food or other processed food, as “natural.”
Moreover, Prop 37 exempts 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.
This means that produce like banana and corn will be identified as genetically modified or not. This will make it easier for consumers to choose safer food options for their family.
GM crops have been known to pose long-term health effects including endocrine disruption, infertility, organ system failures, and immune system failures. This has been proven in various researches despite some biotech companies’ claim that GM foods aren’t as different as organic crops.
In this light, I urge you to vote YES on November 6th on Prop 37.