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California volunteers seek signatures for labeling of genetically engineered foods

California volunteers are set to collect signatures for a California 2012 ballot measure that would require foods containing genetically modified organisms to carry a special label.

This ballot measure isn’t designed to put anyone out of business. It’s just something to give shoppers another piece of information about their food products, in the same way that companies are required to disclose calories and fat content. It helps people select what they want to purchase.

What is needed are about 505,000 valid signatures statewide but to get there; volunteers really need to collect a little more than 800,000 signatures. Since signatures can get thrown out for a number of reasons: being illegible, spelling mistakes, wrong county, etc., the target figure of 800,000 is to help insure there is enough that qualify. Volunteers will be collecting signatures statewide between Feb. 18 and April 22, with the goal of placing the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act on the November 2012 ballot.

Electronic signing of the petition is not allowed online. The technology exists to do it via iPhone or Android, but the state does not yet allow it.

Genetically Modified organisms, often called genetically engineered (GE). The correct scientific term is “transgenics.” This is a process whereby the genes of one species are inserted into another species.

The main reason the Committee for the Right to Know wants products labeled is that they see enough independent data to suggest possible health risks. “We don’t want to eat them but we can’t know which foods they are in if they aren’t labeled. It’s a basic consumer right we are asking for – given the conflicting data and our mistrust in an industry that has been proven to hide negative findings, we have the right to know what we are buying and putting in our children’s mouths.”

According to the Right to Know Campaign, “50 countries with over 40% of the world’s population already label genetically engineered foods, including the entire European Union. Even China labels genetically engineered foods. California should lead on this important issue. What do these countries know that we don’t?”

“What’s the issue? If they are so great, why not advertise them? Why does the industry that profits from them fight labeling so vehemently and put so many of their resources into keeping their presence in our foods a secret? Why are corporate rights continually given precedence over consumer rights?”

“We want GMO labeling laws changed. And if We, The People of the United States want it, we are supposed to have a vehicle to get it. Wasn’t that the whole idea for this country’s origin? We believe it was and are exercising our rights to make it so.”

To get involved, volunteers should attend a GMO labeling event or sign up to signature gather.

For more information visit: LabelGMOs.org

8 comments to California volunteers seek signatures for labeling of genetically engineered foods

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    • Gattinopiccolinotratratino

      I’ve always thought it odd that organic and natural food in other words, actual unadulterated food get the special labeling, while the stuff most people think of as normal food should actual get a slew of labeling I looked up one time the number of chemicals on pesticide-sprayed strawberries and they would have a pretty long, scary ingredient list! Personally, I think organic strawberries should get to just be labeled Strawberries, and non-organic should be labeled Genetically-Modified & Chemical Pesticide Sprayed Strawberries.

  • Sander

    Concerning the questions raised in the article, I can come up with some reasons:
    - Monsanto must haven been been paying a lot to the government and the people working for it.

    - The way farmers have been producing food in the US is unsustainable. Now the are trying to save a sinking ship by introducing GMO crops and avoid high food prices.

    I have one question too:
    Why is there not a foundation that can invest in a private owned lab that takes popular products of the shelves and analyze them for GMO and poisonous residues and publish them on a web site? They can even make smart phone apps where you can scan a product in the supermarket and see what’s in it.

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