Prop 37 refers to the California ballot initiative more commonly known as Right to Know. If Prop 37 passes, foods that are genetically modified would have to be labeled as such, helping us to identify the surprising number of foods we consume every day that are actually created in a lab, not nature.
The California Right to Know initiative is a simple measure that requires labeling of genetically engineered foods, which are plants or crops that have had their DNA artificially altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration occurs in a laboratory and is not found in nature. The United States is one of the only developed nations that does not provide consumers with labels stating that the food has been genetically engineered.
The California Right to Know initiative is widely regarded as the best chance to bring the U.S. up to par with the more than 40 other countries — including all of Europe, Japan, India and China – that already require labeling for genetically engineered foods. We deserve the right to know!
Why should those of us outside of California care? Because if Prop 37 is passed in California it will be a much easier to pass similar laws throughout the country.
Why do we need your help? Because huge, wealthy companies like Monsanto don’t want this to pass. They will be spending A LOT of money to convince anyone who will listen to vote against 37. If it’s going to pass, it will be thanks to the grassroots efforts of all of us who care what goes into the food we feed our families.
How can you help? Leah Segedie of Bookieboo has shared the following Twitter and Facebook posts that you can pass along to help spread the word. If you have a blog, please consider posting a brief update on Prop 37 and our Right to Know and encourage your readers to help spread the word!
Tweet: Yes on Prop 37! Consumers have the right to know about #GMOs. #CARightToKnow #LabelGMOs #YesOn37 http://bit.ly/yeson37
Post to Facebook: Big News! @California Right To Know is Proposition 37 on the November ballot! On November 6th, vote YES on 37. We have a fundamental right to know what’s in the food we eat & feed our families, so we can make informed choice. The measure requires genetically engineered foods and ingredients to be labeled in California. Read more here: http://bit.ly/yeson37
To learn more about the California Right to Know initiative visit one of these pages.