I’ve always viewed Election Day as being kind of ironic – it’s super dividing, yet at the same time it unifies the country. This is part of why America is the greatest country in the world!
Anyway, one thing that I’m fairly sure we, as a Paleo community, were all unified on was California’s Proposition 37, which essentially required that all genetically modified food be labeled as such.
Unfortunately, the voters of California aren’t all Paleo, and the initiative was shot down yesterday, largely due to massive spending by groups who have a vested (read: monetary) interest in keeping genetically modified foods unlabeled.
That being said, the fight is far from over!
Below is a somewhat encouraging couple of paragraphs in a post by Dana Hull that ran on MercuryNews.com:
Supporters of Proposition 37 said Wednesday that efforts to require labels on genetically modified foods are now shifting to other states. Signature gathering is under way for a similar ballot initiative in Washington state in November 2013, along with legislative efforts to require labeling in Connecticut and Vermont.
A petition effort is also under way to get the federal Food and Drug Administration to take up the issue of labeling. There will also be renewed pressure on President Barack Obama in his second term to support labeling.
So, what are your thoughts on this? Do you think this measure will ever be passed? Do you agree that genetically modified foods need to be labeled? Leave your comments below!