Label GMO Food

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Proposition 37, which requires labeling of genetically engineered food, gives us the basic right to know what we’re eating.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which are widespread in our diet – for example, in most corn, soybeans, and canola – are formed when genes of different species are combined using molecular DNA technology. For the first time in history, animal genes, bacteria, and viruses can be spliced into the food we eat.

This is playing God. Such unrelated species would never mix naturally, and to insert foreign DNA into crops can have unforeseen consequences.

Crops have mostly been engineered to either withstand herbicides or to have built-in pesticides. For example, agribusinesses can spray herbicide all over crops genetically engineered to be resistant to it. Then they don’t have to hire people to remove weeds. But many scientists, including scientists from the Food and Drug Administration, have warned about the dangers of eating such food. (The FDA scientists were ignored by their Monsanto-appointed bosses.) To hear their testimony, go to and find out about the effects on lab animals and humans from eating GMO foods.

Personally, I don’t want to eat this kind of food. All Proposition 37 does is require a simple label if food is genetically altered. It gives us a choice.

Europe, China, Japan, and many other countries require such labeling. Monsanto and other chemical companies and businesses who profit from genetic engineering are spending much money to defeat this initiative.

Bryan Rosen is the director of Concerned Citizens for Environmental Health

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