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Where Do You Stand: GMO Labeling and Prop. 37

The campaigns for and against Proposition 37 are heating up. Fairfax's Town Council and Good Earth has backed the GMO labeling initiative. How do you feel about genetically modified food?

 

Fairfax’s Good Earth Natural Foods is participating in non-GMO month when the issue could not be timelier.

The food fight over Proposition 37 should intensify this month as Californians prepare to vote in November on the measure, which would require the labeling of genetically engineered food (or genetically modified organisms). The proposition would also not allow genetically engineered foods to be labeled as natural. 

The Fairfax health food store is one of more than grocery 1,500 grocery retailers in North America participating in the third annual non-GMO month this October, according to Good Earth officials.

Good Earth will have specials, shelf tags, displays and educational materials to help shoppers identify Non-GMO Project verified options.

The Fairfax Town Council audience erupted into applause and cheers Aug. 1 after

GMOs are created by gene splicing techniques. Opponents argue it creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes. GMO labeling is mandatory is almost 50 countries in the world.

“The passing of Prop 37 will go a long ways to stopping the continued dangerous proliferation of GMOs in this country; with GMOs now found in as much as 80 percent of conventional packaged foods, we are more committed than ever to helping people find safe, healthy non-GMO choices,” said Al Baylacq, a Good Earth Natural Foods partner, in a release. The store officials have formally endorsed the proposition.

While the Yes on Proposition 37 backers are polling ahead of the resistance, those behind No on 37: Coalition Against the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme are launching a costly campaign, which a total of more than $25 million in contributions from Monsanto, DuPoint, PepsiCo, General Mills, Kellogg and other major U.S. food and beverage makers

According to the nonprofit Non GMO Project, “high-risk crops” that are .

 

How do you feel about GMOs? Are you going to vote for Prop 37 in November? Tell us why or why not in the Comments!

 

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valeri hood October 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM
In case you missed the Golden Gate bridge walk to protest GMO's- check this out and KCBS interview Mark Squire and I - hope it made it to the airwaves- 50 countries- including China label GMO's- we have the right to know- Just Label it- Prop 37- YES! Video highlights from yesterday's Golden Gate Bridge Walk as it relates to Prop. 37. Golden Gate BridgeWalk: Future of Food Lies in OurHands http://youtu.be/5FoHcE3XWng
William Bertram October 20, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Also be aware that High Fructose Corn Syrup is now found to be connected to autism because of the refining methods. Aspartame and fluoride are also VERY heavy neuro-toxins. Remember too that roughly 90% of ALL soy grown is GMO. Another note: 55% of ALL '100% Organic' cereals sold at Whole Foods were recently found to contain GMO wheat, corn and soy. Google it. Lastly, if you haven't heard about naturalnews.com...you have now. Best information about everything healthy AND Unhealthy on Earth!~ Best Wishes, William Bertram. (Formally of Fairfax and New Albion Book Shop)
Rico October 24, 2012 at 05:11 PM
@William I believe that you are mistaken when quoting the article in naturalnews about Whole Foods. If I remember correctly, the article said 55% of all "100% natural" cereals sold at Whole Foods contain GMO's. There is a huge difference between the two. As far as I know, 100% natural means absolutely nothing as far as being organic or containing GMO's, but when marketing something as being 100% organic, it has to be organic and GMO free. That is why anyone who cares about what food they put into their body should buy organic as much as possible. Just putting a label saying GMO free doesn't guarantee that the product is organic.
Stacy October 25, 2012 at 03:51 PM
@Ricardo Charducci, in regards to the breadth of the labeling requirement, Article 2 Section 8(D) of the California constitution stipulates that ballot initiatives cannot be about multiple subjects, so animal by-products (meat, milk, etc.) can't be covered this go-around. In regard to restaurants, they are not required by law to list their ingredients. Here is a fact sheet from the California Right to Know coalition about the parameters of the proposition: http://www.carighttoknow.org/truthaboutexemptions. I agree with you we all have a right to know what we are eating, and in the case of cotton, wearing. I hope the passing of Prop 37 is the first step in this direction.

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