What are GMO’s? And why am I going out on a limb with something, well, a little more controversial than is the norm in my corner of the blogosphere?
GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) are sitting in your grocery store. From processed foods to those beautiful fresh fruits and veggies and even fresh meats, we are science experiments (my personal opinion) for all the companies who are attempting: to make food quicker and easier to grow, make it grow larger, make it more bug and weed resistant. Genetic modification happens when scientists take the genes from one product and and transfer them to another product to make them better. Over the years this has been done with breeding different plants, etc. Now, this step can be by-passed in a lab where they take genes from one product and add them to another. This process changes the food’s make-up, and, changes the quality of our food. There is currently no law regulating the evaluation of these products’ safety, unlike the approval need for new drugs. Because of this we have no true way of knowing what the effects of these altered products can have on our bodies and our health.
Right now there is a Proposition in California, Prop 37, requesting that companies be required to label foods with the information about whether they have used GMO’s. Personally, if a company has no problem with the products being used, why in the world should they worry if they have to put GMO on the label? You can’t tell me it would be that great of a cost increase to them with everything else they put on the label. The Proposition isn’t even asking the products to be banned – simply, it is stating that we as American consumers have the RIGHT to know where our food comes from and what is in it. If you are interested in more information or would like to sign the pledge, please visit CA Right to Know. While California’s laws won’t affect my PA laws right now, my hope is that if this can get passed in California it will spread across the country until we ALL can pick up a product at the grocery store and instead of this conversation –
“Excuse me. Can you tell me if this product is made using genetically modified seeds or products?”
Employee blank stares: “I have no idea what you are talking about.”
Upon which you are left with the option to educate or just buy the darn produce and hope it is fine.
For a great article with even more information, check out Mamavation’s post HERE.
Use Twitter and want to share information on Prop. 37? Tweet with the hashtag #yeson37 and #LabelGMOs. Also, you can join us for a Twitter Party on August 10 from 7-8pm PST/10-11pm EST.
Can we get one million more signatures?
Here are a few more resources you can check out and read for yourself. (**Disclaimer: these may or may not reflect my complete views. I include them so you can read for yourself and decide for yourself.)