Prop 37 GMO Labeling Law Defeated: The Silver Lining
I had dinner Monday night with some friends who live in San Diego, CA. We were talking about California Prop 37 which was to introduce mandatory GMO labeling. They indicated that they didn’t think it would pass, though they were in support of it.
A good law poorly crafted?
They had mixed thoughts on this subject because, in their view, they wanted to see GMO labeling of food but they thought the proposition itself was poorly crafted. I hadn’t read it myself, so I can’t speak to that, but in the aftermath of the proposition losing, that may have contributed to the loss.
Prop 37 was defeated by California voters at the polls on Tuesday. Many proponents of honest GMO labeling are likely disappointed today that the proposition failed.
Consumers in California have been bombarded with information and disinformation about GMOs, but they are now AWARE of GMOs and they at least have heard about the dangers.
The silver lining on the defeat of Prop 37
I am an eternal optimist and I believe consumers in California and around the country will take the time and make the effort to educate themselves about GMOs. Jeffrey Smith’s book and documentary, Genetic Roulette, is an excellent starting point for getting up to speed on the discussion about the impact of GMOs not only on our food sources but on our health, and the proper nutrition that would have compelled food manufacturers to indicate when their ingredients included Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) was defeated. I’m disappointed the proposition to require GMO labeling failed, but I’m encourage because it has raised the question and sparked the debate about GMOs in our food.
When we re-launched shopOrganic as shopOrganic & shopGMOfree – For The Greater Goods (sm) – we wanted to underscore not only our commitment to GMO-free foods but to let our customers know that whatever they buy at shopOrganic & shopGMOfree, they can trust it does not contain GMOs. As one of our customers put it “When I shop any where else, I have no idea if the product contains GMOs. When I shop with you, I don’t have to think about it. I just know that if you sell it, it doesn’t have GMOs and that’s all I really need to know. You make it so easy.” GMO labeling would make it really easy, but until then, we’re doing our homework so you don’t have to.
The point is, we are happy to provide that service, but at the end of the day, food manufacturers should have to be more transparent and specific in their GMO labeling. Consumers are savvy and the tide is turning, albeit slowly. Until then, you can shopOrganic & shopGMOfree knowing everything we offer is organic and/or GMO-free.
Now that the elections are over, perhaps we can continue to educate consumers about GMOs and eventually require manufacturers to label GMOs or better yet, stop using them. Onward.
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