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California November ballot initiative to label foods with GMOs

You stand in the aisle of your local grocery store to read the labels of foods you’re buying.

You think you know what you’re putting in your cart, paying money for and feeding to your family.

But do you really?

The people behind the It’s Our Right to Know campaign say no and are trying to get a California initiative on the November ballot that would force companies to label foods that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

GMOs are organisms that have been manipulated in a laboratory to contain foreign genes such as bacteria, viruses, human genes and pesticides.

“The GMO labeling initiative is a grassroots effort to try and get genetically engineered organisms in our food labeled so that we have choices as to whether or not we eat it,” says Stacey Hall, the Southern California director for, the group behind the labeling initiative.

“Right now it’s not labeled in the United States. It’s labeled in almost 40-plus other countries including all of Europe, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil – they require labeling. They won’t let us do it here, so we are taking matters into our own hands and trying to create the right to choose what we feed our families and educate the public so the public can make educated decisions, basically.”

To get the initiative on California’s ballot, the campaign needs to obtain 560,000 qualifying signatures by April 22 – that’s the required 5 percent of the number of voters in the last gubernatorial election.

As of a few weeks ago, the group had more than 500,000 signatures, but their real goal is to obtain 850,000 to make up for any signatures the state might not recognize as qualifying.

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2 comments to California November ballot initiative to label foods with GMOs

  • They won’t label them because they know pepole won’t eat them. Why else would they have a problem with it!Basically if it doesn’t say NO GMO it more than likely contains GMOs. It’s shocking how many pepole know nothing about this. I’d say 9 out of 10 pepole I talk to have no idea.When Monsanto threatens lawsuits such as Fox News/bovine story no wonder we don’t hear much about the horror that is actually taking place. Go away Monsanto. You want to feed your wallet not the World. NO ONE SHOULD HAVE A MONOPOLY OVER OUR FOOD SUPPLY THE WAY YOU DO.

  • The science gives us evcdenie or clues information that can guide future experients or be used by others. Regulators and policy makers (i.e. politicians and politics) control legislation. Some information they use comes from science, much comes from special interests groups.If we believe that the precautionary principle is an important standard, then we, the public need to become familiar with the information (I prefer that which comes from science), critically analyze the implications for our health and the environment, and then unite to pressure our ELECTED officials to do the right thing. If they don’t then we shouldn’t re-elect them.

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