This November, Californians will be participating in perhaps the biggest food fight in history – the fight between out-of-state corporations and consumers wanting to know if their food is genetically modified or not. Proposition 37 will be on the California ballots this November, and if it passes, it will require all genetically engineered foods to have a label explaining this to consumers. It will also prohibit producers from labeling genetically modified foods as “natural”.
Opposition to Prop 37 argues that if it passes, it could increase the cost of everyday groceries for all consumers throughout California. The new required labels that Prop 37 would implement would cause all food companies to get a new labeling and packaging design. Prop 37 has been called a “hidden food tax” because it could increase food cost due to the increase in the manufacturing of foods.
Support for Prop 37 comes from a variety of companies and consumers alike, who are demanding the right to know what is in their food. Over forty countries throughout the world already have similar laws in place that require producers to label genetically modified foods as such. Many consumers are concerned at the lack of information available on their everyday food choices, since the majority of foods we eat today contain genetically modified organisms, yet there has been very little testing done of the long-term effects of GMOs on the human body.
Be sure to participate in the elections this November and make your voice -as both a citizen and a consumer – heard and respected! Not registered? Register NOW ONLINE!
By: Kayla Heaviside