I have recently joined up with a team of blogger’s whose goal is to bring attention California Prop 37. We want the people of California to say “Yes on Prop 37”. This would mean that the state would have to label all food that contains GMOs. A similar bill was proposed here in Connecticut, but the section about labeling GMOs was eliminated before the vote. According to Representative Richard Roy, one of the bills original sponsors:
“The labeling provision was eliminated from the bill due to fears that it opened the state up to a lawsuit. The attorneys for the leadership and Governor's office felt the Constitutional rights of Monsanto gave them the power to successfully sue the state. Their main duty was to protect the welfare of the state.”
So what are GMOs and why is it important that California says Yes on Prop 37?
CA Right to Know says that:
“A genetically engineered food (also known as genetically modified organism, or GMO) is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is engineered in a laboratory, and is not found in nature.”
If this bill passes, packaged food companies in California will have to relabel their products by January of 2014. We believe that the rest of the states will soon follow suit.
If you would like to get involved, please fill out this form to join the official GMO evangelist blogger team.