Okay, I didn't want to get all political and what-not but I am a junky for the stuff, especially during election season. Plus with my whole stance on GE/processed food I figured this was as good a topic as any to get rid of my writer's block. Prop 37. Have you heard of it? Basically what it does is require foods that contain genetically modified ingredients (I refer to them as GE or GMO's) to be labeled as such. I'm sure you can guess how I feel about it. I am totally opposed to it. It is silly. It is wrong. It is evil. Just kidding! You guys know me better than that! :-)
So, now that you know that I am totally behind the yes on 37 crew I will explain why. My dad always told me that you can tell a lot about a proposition by who is supporting it. I come from a political family (to say the least) and I took the advice to heart. I always look at the supporters of propositions and politicians when I study my voter's guide. Who is against labeling GE foods? Oh, well all the usually suspects. Pepsi, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Dow Chemical, Monsanto, Dole, Sarah Lee, Campbell Soup Company and Hormel (http://www.noprop37.com/donors/). So basically any giant food producer who makes butt loads of money off of selling "food". On the yes side of things major funding comes from the Organic Consumers Association, Mercola.com and Health Resources LLC. Not to mention some of my own favorite brands like Lundberg (a rice producer in my area) and Annie's (the makers of my favorite mac & cheese), plus there is a very long list of endorsements that span the political spectrum. Check out the endorsements here, you have Barbara Boxer all the way to the Redding Tea Party Patriots!
Don't you want to be one of the cool kids? I do! A lot of other countries are already labeling GE foods. Australia, China, the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, Saudi Arabia (http://www.labelgmos.org/the_science_genetically_modified_foods_gmo). Do I really need to go on?
The jury is out on the safety of this stuff (http://www.saynotogmos.org/ujun03b.htm). WTF? So, no one really knows the long term effects of this stuff but they say go ahead and feed it to your kid. Yeah, no thanks.
It is just one little label! Come on people you already include a freakin' section for the nutrition facts and ingredients. Just say whether it has GE ingredients in it. I always read that stuff! I just want to know. I mean honestly, most GE foods are in processed stuff which I tend to avoid, but knowledge is power and we have a right to know what we are eating. Plus, if GMO food is so safe and awesome why not label it? Then people will know that your processed yumminess is extra awesome. Of course the food companies say that will cost money to add the extra label, money that will be passed on to the consumer. That is what my blog is for! Duh!
Basically, that is my stance. Lets get with it and just label the damn thing! Maybe then I could experience a little bit more convenience in my life. I mean I haven't opened a can of cream of mushroom soup in so long, I always make it from scratch and heck, maybe if I knew 100% of what was in it I could cut the time it takes to make my green bean casserole in half. No, it is too yummy when it is all homemade.
I will be adding my blog to the list of endorsements on the California Right to Know website! Please join me this November and vote YES on Prop 37. Come on, you know you want to!