Whether you think genetically-engineered foods (GMOs) are ok to eat or something to be avoided, you do have a right to know if you’re feeding them to your family! And, that’s what California voters will decide next Tuesday.
California’s Prop 37 requires that food manufacturers label GMO foods. Not surprisingly, large food manufacturers like Monsanto, Dupont, PepsiCo, DOW, Kraft Foods and Kelloggs have lined up against the proposition. At the same time, many organic and natural food manufacturers are supporting it.
This issue can be confusing, and it’s not as black and white as people on both sides of the issue would have you believe. After all, people have been selectively breeding plants for centuries. Take a look at any grocery store produce section. Do you think it is by chance that every red apple looks the same or that every head of broccoli is about the same size? What about seedless watermelons – how is it possible to grow something that can’t reproduce itself because it has no seeds?
Like all science, I don’t believe that the science of genetically modifying foods is either good or bad in itself. It’s just science. It’s just knowledge that we can choose to use in a positive way or a negative way. It’s really a question of how we use that knowledge.
To be sure, there are good arguments both for and against using genetically modified foods. But, there is really no good argument against letting people know what they are eating! One of the things we teach people in our coaching is to take responsibility for what they put in their mouths. We teach them to read labels and make healthy choices. That is hard to do when food manufacturers don’t give you the whole story.
It has been said that information is only the enemy if you’ve got something to hide. Food manufacturers are free to make their arguments for and against GMO foods. Keeping consumers uninformed is not ok though!
If you live in California, then I encourage you to vote for Prop 37. If you know somebody that lives in CA, then let them know too. All Prop 37 does is give consumers more information so they can make informed choices at the market. And that’s a good thing!
Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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