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California Right to Know Act Will Appear On Ballot as Prop 37

Right To Know logoby Daphne M. Drake

Last month, we wrote an article about the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act – a California initiative which would require a special label for foods made from genetically modified ingredients. On Monday, California’s Office of the Secretary of State announced that the GMO labeling initiative will appear on voter ballots as Proposition 37 for the November 6 elections.

Should Prop. 37 pass, it would make California the first state to require labeling of most foods made with genetically modified organisms. The companies that make and profit off of GMOs, such as Monsanto, have incredibly deep pockets so even in a consumer-friendly state such as California, Prop 37 is not guaranteed to pass. That’s not even including the belief held by some that Prop 37 is too weak and should go even further, labeling indirect food sources such as beef that was fed modified grains.

All this means that between now and Election Day in November, you can expect an onslaught of advertising, both in support and opposition for this measure. There’s no reason not to have complete transparency for food labeling, whether it’s a GMO or non-GMO product, and 9 out of 10 Americans agree. (see Mellman 2012Reuters 2010 and Zogby 2012)

GMO foods have been linked to skyrocketing levels of allergies and food sensitivities, and animal studies have shown alarming rates of infertility, compromised immune systems, accelerated aging, and organ changes. Both California senators voted Yea in the Sanders/Boxer labeling amendment inclusion to the 2012 Farm Bill, which ended up being rejected. And recently, the California PTA started considering a supportive position on Prop 37.

Consumers should have a choice, and Sunfood has made a commitment to letting our customers know that mostof our products are verified as non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project, the only non-profit third party verification organization. Join in support of Prop 37, and if you’re in California vote for Prop 37 in the election this November. Learn more at the Right to Know website.

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