I’ll be honest – I’m not crazy about politics in food, because politics usually confuse the consumer further, rather than clarify the truth in a bid to protect hidden agendas. Look no further than prop 37. Big business wants you to believe genetically modified food is perfectly safe, but the evidence is overwhelming that GMO foods are not healthy for us. Since they were introduced into our diets in the 1990′s obesity rates and the resulting chronic diseases have increased exponentially. I don’t want big business or government deciding what goes on my plate, that decision should be mine, and it had better be an informed one.

Back in my Parents for Safe Foods days

“Currently, up to 45 percent of U.S. corn is genetically engineered as is 85 percent of soybeans. It has been estimated that 70-75 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves–from soda to soup, crackers to condiments–contain genetically engineered ingredients. A number of studies over the past decade have revealed that genetically engineered foods can pose serious risks to humans, domesticated animals, wildlife and the environment. Human health effects can include higher risks of toxicity, allergenicity, antibiotic resistance, immune-suppression and cancer,” according to the  Center for Food Safety.

Vote for the right to teach your children to make informed choices too.

I was disappointed when I read prop 37. I felt there are too many loopholes left open, because not all GMO products will have to be labeled under this current piece of legislation. I worry that people will have a false sense of security, and they won’t realize that the real conversation needs to be about ending this practice once and for all. This is just a first step, but without it there won’t be a next step.

I believe more than ever “we are what we eat”, so stay informed and choose wisely!

My personal approach to food activism has always been from the political sidelines. I prefer to educate the public to the dangers, and let them vote with their dollars. It always boils down to the bottom line, and if we avoid GMO products, producers will eventually stop producing them. However, in this instance, how can we possibly make that informed choice to vote with our dollars if we have no inkling which products are GMO and which are not to begin with? For that reason I am taking a political stance, and urging all my fellow Californians to vote in favor of prop 37, because some labeling is infinitely better than none. Please vote for your right to choose!

 

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  • November 5, 2012
    11:24 am

    Way to go Jewels! Did you know that Monsanto, the biggest culprit in the GMO business, is going to produce genetically modified apples that won’t turn brown when the skin is removed? That is just gross and unnatural! Apples are one of my favorite foods to snack on and I don’t even want to know what nasty chemical they have to inject into an apple to make that happen. I wish we had a proposition like prop 37 on the ballot in Connecticut. I will have to do some research before I go voting tomorrow.

    Cheers,
    Dawn

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  • November 7, 2012
    3:23 pm

    I am yet again disheartened by how willing the public is to buy into the propaganda and bury their heads in the sand, ignoring the real health risks evident in both studies and statistics.

    After Sandy – do any of you really still believe there is no such thing as global warming? What is it going to take before you wake up and realize what we are doing to our food supply is bad for both the environment and our bodies!

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    • November 8, 2012
      8:33 pm

      Jewels, How do you feel about plastics? Currently I am ridding my house of all plastic storage containers and going exclusively to glass. Do you have any input on this rather expensive decision? Rose
      P.S. I LOVE your recipes.

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      • November 8, 2012
        10:56 pm

        Hi Rose – I don’t see any problem with BPA free plastic containers, but I like glass simply because you can heat to eat in the microwave or oven without having to dirty another container when you heat to eat.

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