Proposition 37 is a labeling requirement for the right of all consumers to have the opportunity to know if we are buying and eating genetically altered food. Many countries (Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, India) have chosen to ban certain aspects of GMOs [genetically modified organisms].
The only threat Monsanto Corporation can use and abuse, in regards to their defense in promoting opposition to GMO labeling, is the threat of increasing food costs. The truth is, while having no evidence of increasing food prices, Monsanto (profiteers from everything toxic: Agent Orange, DDT, PCB’s, pesticides, herbicides, bovine growth hormones, Aspartame) will loose billions in profits should people vote for GMO labeling, of which there is no evidence of health safety. In fact, the recent long-term French study reports their findings of “tumors, liver, and kidney disease” in rodents fed a GMO diet.
At present, we are all participating in an undocumented GMO experiment, which cannot continue as acceptable, especially since our children are the most vulnerable, while they unknowingly being raised on genetically altered foods or as some refer to them, “Franken-food.” As we are all witness to, it is quite often that food-labeling changes, with the addition of “heart healthy,” “low sodium,” “low calorie,” “low salt,” etc. apparently without prohibitive costs. Adding three simple letters, “GMO,” is not proven to cost consumers even a penny. As a matter of fact, the healthiest non-GMO foods do not change any labeling, and probably these are the packaged foods, fruits, and vegetables most of us will prefer to purchase once we have the right to know!