California’s Prop 37
What it is
California’s “Right to Know” bill (Proposition 37) is on the state’s November 6 ballot. According to Ballotpedia (a crowd-sourced encyclopedia for politics), if approved, Prop 37 would:
- “Require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
- Prohibit labeling or advertising such food as ‘natural.’
- Exempt from this requirement foods that are ‘certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.'”
What people think
Primary arguments in support of the bill focus on bringing awareness to GMOs in general, promoting more ingredient exposure rather than less, and the fact that over 40 countries in the world already require food with genetically-modified ingredients to be labeled.
Primary arguments against the bill include the claim that GMO labeling will increase food costs, provoke new lawsuits and legal costs, and misportray GMOs as a necessarily unhealthy choice.
Why we’re telling you!
As a food retailer selling local food with pure, non-genetically-modified ingredients, we think it’s important for you to be aware of Prop 37 since it treads on some of the core ethos we promote to our customers: eat real food. The “realness” of food is clearly in question right now, and we hope that everyone in the community – from farmers to food scientists, consumers to corporations – will participate in and contribute to discussions on the matter to grow our food industry.
(image: Organic Connect Magazine)