It’s not often that it feels that the fight for a transparent, ethical, and sustainable food system can be won. But Prop 37, a genetically modified foods labeling proposal which recently earned a spot on the November ballot in California is that opportunity.
However in the Prop 37 debate, heavy-hitting food makers like PepsiCo, Kellogg, General Mills, and Monsanto, are prepared to fight tooth and nail against a measure that could result in GMO labeling and don’t want that information in the hands of consumers.
Support the Right to Know Campaign, which garnered nearly a million signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. Backed by the Sierra Club, the American Public Health Association, United Farm Workers, the Center for Food Safety, and Food Democracy Now!, among others, the campaign has been a force to reckon with the last few months.
Critics of Prop 37 say that adding a label would create unfounded fear among consumers about genetically modified foods. But recent polls suggest that Californians are craving that info: Ninety-one percent of Californians are in favor of GMO labeling.
“If California succeeds, democracy will succeed—the vast majority of Californians and Americans want genetically engineered food to be labeled,” Stacy Malkan, a spokesperson for the Right to Know Campaign, told TakePart. “If Prop 37 passes, I believe it will be just a matter of time before other states and the federal government follow, and give the people the right to know what’s in their food.”
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