GMOs in California

This November, California voters will have their say on Proposition 37, which if passed would require all food sold in California supermarkets to be labelled if it contains GMOs (genetically modified organisms, which are modified with foreign genes to create something that would not be found naturally). Check out this helpful infographic about GMOs.

Lobbyists who represent Big Ag are of course fighting this vehemently.

GMOs offer no positives, despite the myths that the seed and pesticide producers have set forth, and a large set of negative risks – read about those risks and the public’s opinion of GMOs here. Check out this report about the increased use of pesticides along with the use of GMOs, this report about negative effects on the health of mammals, and this solid GMO reference site.

Over time, GMOs only degrade the land through increased chemical usage, decrease biodiversity by encouraging uniformity, and have been shown to have negative health effects on humans and animals. Organic agriculture, which prohibits the use of GMO seeds or animal feed, is the answer – it is healthier for the land and for our bodies. Check out this report that suggests organic tomatoes have higher levels of healthy antioxidants than conventional tomatoes, because plants left to fend for themselves in nature without chemical help use their own defenses to increase the production of antioxidants.

The corporations who engineer seeds to resist the pesticides that these same corporations manufacture have a narrow-minded interest in the present method of chemical-intensive agriculture continuing in perpetuity. But this comes at too large a cost to the rest of us. These chemicals and artificial organisms become us when we consume them. If given the choice, consumers will probably choose non-GMO food over GMO food, and if there was nothing to hide, then labeling food would not cause such an uproar. The California proposition this November is a good first step towards greater choice for American eaters, and hopefully towards a more sustainable orientation between our bodies, food and land.

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