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Should Foods Containing GMOs Be Labeled?

 

While November 6 is anxiously awaited by many of us (even if it’s for the reason that we’re done with all of the political ads), this year in California, Proposition 37 is on the ballot, and it will have a huge impact if it’s passed.

What is Prop 37?

Prop 37 is a citizen’s initiative which would mandate clear labeling of genetically engineered ingredients–or, foods with “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.”  (World Health Organization)–on food packages, and there are a lot of multi-billion-dollar agribusiness corporations spending a great deal of money to ensure that this does not pass.

In Europe, the labeling of food that is genetically engineered or that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is mandatory, and consumers over there are more likely to consume organic or non-GMO products.  And many of the companies that would have to produce packaging labeling foods as genetically engineered (GE) would most likely find it economically and logistically difficult to do this just for California, and so would probably have to do so for the rest of the country.

Why Companies Don’t Want GMO Labels

So why are these companies opposed to labeling their foods?  If foods containing GMOs are perfectly safe, why are companies like General Mills, Kellogg, and Pepsico spending 23 million dollars to fight this legislation?

There exists conflicting research about GMOs. While the FDA insists that they are perfectly safe, as I mentioned in a previous post, studies have shown increased cancer rates in rats who have consumed food containing GMOs.  Plus, crops containing GMOs have yielded “super weeds” and “super bugs.”  Over 50 countries in the world have laws regulating the sale and consumption of GMOs, and in some nations they are banned entirely.

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Obviously, more research is needed to determine the benefits and risks of eating genetically modified foods, but I see no reason why these foods should not be labeled.  We have a right to know the ingredients of our food.  Why shouldn’t we be entitled to know whether or not it’s genetically modified, and then send a message by “voting with our forks”?

What about you? Are you concerned about GMOs?

 

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Amanda Romine Lynch is the Prime Parents’ Club Green Living Contributor. She was forced to re-evaluate her lifestyle choices after her son had a reaction to disposable diapers, and has been finding ways to go green and save green ever since. She is also the author of ANABEL UNRAVELED, which is available on Amazon and its sequel ANABEL DIVIDED. You can find her on Facebook at Facebook, or on Twitter as @thebookprincess.

2 Comments

  1. Crystal

    October 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I am all for labeling. We have the right to know!

  2. Tracy @ hall of fame moms

    October 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I am concerned. I say they should label them.