Election day is drawing near. In just a few months, we get the opportunity to exercise our right to choose who and how our country will be ran. This is one of the greatest freedoms we have as Americans, and it should never be undervalued. Many people in the world have absolutely no say in how their lives are run.
No matter whose side you’re on this coming November, there is one health issue both parties should desire to support. That issue is the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
In brief, a GMO comes from a lab where genes from one species are inserted into another in an effort to create a desired trait. This lab process is called Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM).
In many cases this process is done at seed level. The seeds are crossed with the food and a pesticide and then grown into products that are placed on our supermarket shelves. These foods grown with the genes of a pesticide and other lab creations are not required to be labeled differently, and consumers are not able to determine what’s really in the food they’re purchasing.
Independent studies concerning GMOs have found a plethora of health issues as a result. Some of the most concerning results have linked GMOs to several childhood health problems. According to Healthy Child Healthy World, there has been a 400 percent increase in food allergies, a 300 percent increase in asthma, a 400 percent increase in ADHD, and a 1,500 percent increase in autism since GMOs were released into our food supply in the 90s.
Heard enough? Are you frustrated? We are, too. Regardless of all the tests from the other side that say GMOs are perfectly safe, we want them labeled – that’s all. For being “the land of the free,” this feels backwards. We’re one of the few countries in the world that does not have a GMO labeling mandate. We’re ready for a change, and we’re not alone.
This November, the ballot in California has a very important proposition: Proposition 37. If the vote passes on Prop 37, GMO labeling will be required in the state. If the state of California, “the legal trend setting state,” passes this law, other states are very likely to follow. A ‘yes’ vote is important to all who want to see GMOs labeled, not just those in California.
The public may not be aware of what is happening with GMOs in their food, and they may not know they’re being kept in the dark. They need to know. They also need to know about the ballot in California.
Please join us and many of our fellow labeling advocates for a Twitter Chat about GMOs. There will be discussion of GMOs and how you can help take action to help get them labeled nationwide.
Together, let’s get this issue taken care of once and for all.
August 6th, 2012