GMO Action in California
This Friday May 23rd the California Appropriations Committee will determine whether California Senate Bill 1381 (a cleaner and simpler version of Prop 37 which will require all food made with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such) will proceed to the Senate Floor for a vote or remain in suspense and eventually die.
California was the first US state to introduce legislation around GMO labeling. Although proposition 37 was narrowly defeated by a 3% margin in 2012, it paved the way for states across the country to introduce legislation of their own. Since the introduction of Prop 37, 20 different states have drafted legislation, three states currently have legislation on their ballots, and three states have actually passed mandatory GMO labeling laws.
Polls show that the majority of Californians do support GMO labeling and prop 37’s defeat was primarily due to the pervasiveness of anti GMO labeling advertisements (the companies supporting the NO on 37 campaign like Monsanto and Pepsi outspent the YES campaign by 5-to-1). Many respondents who voted no on Prop 37 say they support GMO labeling and did so because of the confusion caused by the anti-labeling propaganda.
The difference, however, between CA SB 1381 and California Proposition 37 is that SB 1381 will not be put to public vote like Prop 37. The Senate Bill will be put through the California legislative process and its verdict will be determined by California’s elected officials. This means that it is important as companies and as individuals to communicate with our state assembly members and our state senators the importance of GMO labeling and urge them to support the passing of SB 1381. For more information about getting in touch with your state legislators please visit http://www.labelgmos.org/.
GMO labeling is not about making judgments about the safety, value, or morality of genetically engineered foods. It is about giving consumers the right to know what they are ingesting. Earl’s supports GMO labeling for the same reason that we support organic labeling: transparency. We believe that people both need and are entitled to make informed decisions about the food they are consuming and deserve to know where their food comes from, how it is produced and what exactly they are putting in their bodies.
Over 60 countries in the world require GMO labeling and we too as Californians and as Americans deserve the right to know what is in our food. Visit http://www.labelgmos.org/ for more information about current GMO related legislation in California and across the country.