The elections are now over, the endless ad campaigns have stopped and we can now go on with our lives. Right? Well, concerning one item put on the ballot in California, the proposition that basically would require genetically modified foods to be labeled, that, unfortunately, did not pass. This, of course, was a fight with not one but two industries ~ agribusiness and processed food who outspent the Yes forces 5-1! ($45 million to be exact) The United States remains one of the only developed countries in the world to have failed to label these ingredients in our food supply. By a vote of 53 to 47 percent, the Golden State voted “No” on Proposition 37 ~ however, more than 5 million Californians did speak up with their vote that this was an issue that mattered to them.
According to the Center For Food Safety more than 20 other states have introduced legislation to label GE foods, and other states have ballot initiatives in the works. At the federal level, in September 2011 CFS filed a legal petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) demanding that the agency require the labeling of all food produced using genetic engineering. To date, more than 1.2 million comments have been submitted to the FDA in support of the petition.
So what’s a consumer to do in the interim? Here are some suggestions: (which include voting for the next few years with your dollars!)
- Avoid packaged processed foods
- Use the non-GMO shopping guide to decipher ingredients
- Buy organic or from local farmers you trust
- Keep up the conversation ~ Express yourself
- Go to this site and read more about how to avoid genetically modified foods.
- Check out this site to learn more about what Proposition 37 was all about
Here is a film that addresses the issue. Watch the film and contact the federal government regarding this issue. 92% of Americans want the FDA to label genetically engineered foods. If more of us speak out about why we care about the food we put in our own bodies and in our children’s bodies, then we can convince the FDA to change its policy.