“We’re talking about the provenance of food…,” said Alice Waters in this NY Times column. We’re talking about knowing where your food comes from, what’s in it and how it’s been altered from its natural state. While countries around the world, including China and Saudi Arabia, have bans or restrictions on GMO foods, only now is just one state in the United States allowed to even take a vote on it. And that would be Proposition 37 in California.
If this proposition passes, it would give a huge boost to our efforts to get our food GMO-labeled. This is so important for so many reasons, physical, political, social and medical. The most obvious question is, if GMO foods are so benign, why not be thrilled to indicate on labels that there’s GMO inside? What have they got to hide?
We know what, of course, and that is that GMO foods are not only not proven to be safe, they’ve been proven over and over not to be safe, at least in tests that have been done thus far by numerous scientists. And even if we didn’t know these things, we would still have the basic right to know what’s in our food.
Action step: think of one person you know in California. Contact them and encourage them to vote for Prop. 37: mandatory labeling of GMO foods.