Amy Beddows 5:26 p.m., June 18
GMO’s are and have been a part of our daily lives whether you are aware of it or not. Corn and soybeans are the two most common GMO’s in today’s marketplace. And, only in America is labeling not mandated. Over 61 nations required labeling, including India and China. I firmly believe that we should know what is in our food, where it comes from and how it is made/grown. But, I’m sitting on the fence when it comes to this piece of legislation.
We have a choice on Tuesday. Move forward with the Prop 37 the way it has been written, or send it back to the drawing board and rewrite it.
In my eyes, the proposition is poorly written and begins to redefine what is “natural”. I believe it needs to be stronger with no opportunity for “interpretation”. I want to know that the food I’m eating is truly “natural”, that means the cow, the pig, the fish, the vegetable, the legume and everything else I put into my mouth. I don’t want to eat a steak from a cow that was fed genetically engineered feed and not be told. Natural means natural, not sort of natural! If the cow ate genetically engineered feed, I’ll be eating what it ate, putting the same genetically engineered components into my body. According to Prop 37, the cow would have to be genetically engineered to fall under labeling requirements – not what it ate.
Our food system is terribly broken. And yes, corporate farming is to blame. But, so are we. If we want to make sure we’re eating as nature intended, we need to return to our agrarian roots. Purchase locally, grow your own, know your supplier and live seasonally. As the world grows larger and corporations take more and more control of our food sources, it only stands to reason that we will eat not as nature intended.
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