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.
“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.
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.
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!