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Please vote Yes on Proposition 37 on November 6th and support The Right to Know Label GMO Campaign. Mother’s has been involved in this campaign because we believe our customers have the right to know what is in the products they buy.  

While many countries around the world have serious bans or restrictions on genetically modified foods, the U.S. has none. However in the last year, California has launched a campaign to require labeling on all products and foods that contain genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). The LabelGMOs campaign aims to give Californians the right to know what is in their foods. Mother’s has been involved in this campaign from the beginning, hosting a place for you to sign the petition and educating our customers. The November election and ballot is coming soon – and you will have the chance to be a part of the groundbreaking opportunity to require products in California to be labeled! In anticipation of the upcoming election, this newsletter will focus on genetically modified ingredients and why we believe that this is so important.

According to CArighttoknow.org, a genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria. This is done in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature, and is experimental. The correct scientific term is "transgenics," and is also often referred to as (GE) genetically engineered.

50 countries with over 40% of the world’s population already label genetically engineered foods, including the entire European Union. Even China labels genetically engineered foods. What do these countries know that we don't?

One of the most compelling arguments driving labeling laws is that we just don't know what GMOs are capable of. They're a relatively recent development in agriculture, and we've yet to see their long-term effects. However, animal testing has linked GMOs with cancer, miscarriage, organ damage, and other health problems, which some countries have determined is enough evidence to put on the brakes.

Beyond health effects, genetically modified seeds restrict biodiversity and create hairy situations between organic farmers and those using genetically modified seeds. Genetically modified pollen or even the seeds themselves can drift into organic fields; with patenting laws making it possible for companies to sue farmers who use their seeds without permission. The act of planting crops can become a legal nightmare.

Genetically modified organisms are saturating our nation's food supply. Without transparency or labeling requirements, Americans are left in the dark about what they're feeding their families and the risks involved in consuming GMOs. The goal of the LabelGMOs campaign is to get all foods processed using genetic engineering identified so that mothers know what they are feeding their children. Those behind the campaign believe that this is an issue of consumers' rights to an informed choice, superseding corporate rights to a nontransparent profit. They argue that as consumers we have a right to know what's in our foods so we can choose what to put in our mouths and what systems of corporate farming we want to support with our dollars.

How Can You Avoid GMO Foods?

  • Buy organic, certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredient.
  • Look for "Non-GMO Project" verified seals.
  • Buy products listed on NonGMOShoppingguide.com.

In addition, try to buy only whole foods. Boxed or pre-made food often will contain GMO ingredients. If a product contains canola, soy, corn, cottonseed, non-cane sugar, zucchini, crook neck squash, frozen or canned sweet corn do not buy them, unless they have the organic and "Non-GMO Project" seals.

Also be sure to write the manufacturers of your favorite foods that don't make the cut to tell them you won't buy them again until they use nonGMO sources and can prove it.

Some Resources:

LabelGMOs.org
Non-GMO Shopping Guide
Organic Consumers Association Action Center

 

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