Right to Know Video by Nutiva
A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity. ~Dalai Lama
Hurricane Sandy has focused me on food. The electriciy outage is forcing me to eat everything in my refrigerator before it spoils, and worry about the food left at Pop Karma. I guess the positive of it is that the food DOES spoil since it's not genetically modified, and isn't some Frankenfood made in a lab.
While we are grappling with food issues on the East Coast, a very important food date is coming up in California. Proposition 37 is up for voting on November 6th. This proposition that would require that genetically modified food (with exceptions of course) is labeled as genetically modified. That's it. Transparency. So if you want genetically modified food, you can happily know it is, and if you don't want it, you can avoid it.
Monsanto and other large food corporations have poured millions of dollars into California to fight this proposition. Why? Because genetically modified foods (GMOs) make a lot of money for Monsanto and other companies. Food that has been altered to resist pests and spoilage are obviously better for manufacturers. But they aren't obviously better for human health. And until they are, I don't want it. I'm not into eating untested food to make other people richer.
The food corporations insist that Proposition 37 will open the way to frivolous lawsuits and will cost more for consumers. The proposition may not be perfectly worded, but no bills are since they are so negotiated before they become law. And frankly, someone that wants to bring a frivolous lawsuit will do so no matter what. Proposition 37 is a step in letting people know what is in their food. The food corporations think that once they do know, they won't want GMO food -- hence it will cost consumers more. Because they have been using cheap GMOs to lower the price of food. Give us a choice!
As a food manufacturer at Pop Karma, we are firmly anti-GMO. It may cost more, but we aren't playing with your health.
If you are in California, please vote on November 6th, and vote YES to Proposition 37. And encourage everyone you know to do so.
Want to know more?
- Proposition 37 Voter Information Guide
- Michael Pollan's Take on Prop 37 (Yes), Vote for the Dinner Party
- Monsanto and Food Corporations Reasons to Vote No to Prop 37
What I ate: Haven's Kitchen whole wheat pancakes + butter, quinoa, sauteed green chard + broccoli + tempeh, kimchi, fresh pasta, boiled watercress + Rao's sauce, Cremont cheese, rosemary crostini, chai tea, milk, water
Exercise: 2 mile patrol with dog + 24 flights of stairs