If you’re here in California, you’re well aware of Prop 37. This initiative would have required “labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.” When I went to bed last night, the result was stil “too close to call”, something I had a very hard time believing. This morning, I was disappointed to learn that the measure was defeated. HOW? Genetically modified advertising!
Last month, polls showed a mere 25% of likely voters wouldn’t choose to label these items. And then, the ads rolled in. A barrage of corporate-cash-fuled TV and radio ads, brought to you by some of the worst offenders, worked their way into the state’s psyche and un-did the measure’s 60% majority.
“The “No on 37″ campaign amassed more than $45 million,* with the majority of funds coming from chemical and junk food companies. Major contributors included Monsanto ($8.1 million), DuPont ($5.4 million), PepsiCo ($2.14 million), Dow ($2 million), BASF Plant Science ($2 million), Syngenta ($2 million), and Bayer ($2 million).”
*From truefoodnow.org, The Center for Food Safety
FYI, Most corn and soy products are already genetically modified, in this country. Buying organic is a good start in avoiding GMO’s, but many of these modifications have been made so that the produce doesn’t require much along the lines of pesticides, so again, we many never know. But the concern has been raised and I’m sure this isn’t the last we hear about this important topic. 61 other nations already have the right to know what’s been done to their food, why not us?! I’m simply flummoxed.
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On a lighter note, you can now enjoy the meals I’ve made, on your own!
Farmer’s Market Frugal, by ME, is now available, world wide at Amazon.com!!
This cookbook has a story. My Boyfriend and I wanted to save some money and improve our health, so we spent a month buying as much of our food as possible at the farmer’s market. How did we do? Buy the book and find out! You can get it for the Kindle, in a few days, or as paperback NOW!
Aaah. Now I feel better.
Have a delicious day!!