I have been quiet to this point (on this blog at least!) about this upcoming election day and any of my own particular political views. And goodness knows, there are more than enough opinions about just about everything related to this election on the television, on the radio, in the newspapers, other blogs, etc., that my views have not likely been missed!
I’m not going to break silence on the upcoming presidential election – you really don’t need me to tell you how important it is for you to get out and vote – but I do feel the need to say something about California’s Proposition 37.
Genetically engineered plants have existed for several decades – slipping in pretty much under the radar so to speak for the vast majority of us. When I say “genetically engineered,” I’m not talking about cross-pollinating two different varieties of tulips to get a third grander, longer blooming, more awesome one. I’m talking about plants which have been created in laboratories by inserting gene sequences of organisms that could never have combined with the plant in nature – genes from bacteria, for example – under the auspices of the need to feed a hungry planet.
These plants had then also slipped into our food system – now to the tune of being contained in some 70% to 80% of our grocery store products – and because they were “similar” to the original plant, all without any research on long-term effects on the humans and animals now consuming them.
Laws requiring labels to reflect genetically engineered products are now in place on almost every continent – the exception being Antarctica. Consumers are much more diligent now in reading labels before purchasing products in the grocery store, and have long been requesting labeling in this country.
Efforts to label these products so far in this country have been thwarted. Two states have attempted GM labeling laws – and failed to enact anything of any substance to date. This is now on the ballot in California for voters to decide.
In terms of money being spent on the campaigns for or against labeling, click here to see the amounts and sources of moneys being spent to sway the voters one way or the other in California – approximately 6.5 million dollars for labeling and 40 million against – with seemingly a great deal of misinformation being distributed.
Do we know that this food is unsafe to eat? No, we don’t. Do we know that it is in fact safe? No, we don’t!
Do we deserve the right to know what is in our food? Right now that’s for Californians to decide – with consumers in all the other states and the provinces in Canada also watching …
The following video is a rather long one – almost an hour in length. I really encourage you to settle in with a cup of tea and watch it.
If you are as impressed by it as I am, please share it with your friends in California.
Unfortunately, Proposition 37 did not pass this time around – although it was close! While I admit I am disappointed in one sense, on the whole I’m still very optimistic. People are reading more labels now and this proposition did not fail by much – I’m sure we will see it again before too much longer!
The video mentioned at the end of the article above has been made a private video on YouTube, and I have therefore removed it from this post to respect their wishes.