What are GMOs?
A GMO food is a plant or animal product that has had its DNA artificially altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. In the US today, over 91% of the soy, 88% of the cottonseed, 88% of the canola and 85% of corn crop in the U.S. is genetically engineered. These GMO crops and their derivates (e.g. high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, etc.) are found in over 80% processed foods on store shelves, such as baby formula, cereal, ice cream, breads, salad dressing, and many other products. Currently, the majority of GMO crops are designed for one purpose: to withstand greater amount of pesticides and insecticides.
What are the concerns with GMOs?
GMOs have not been tested for health or safety in humans. Studies show that GMOs can create new, unintended toxicants and increase allergies, and other serious health problems.
What are the requirements for GMO labeling today?
There is no requirement in the US to label GMO foods, but polls show the vast majority of consumers support it. 50 countries including the European Union, Japan and China already label GMOs. California is the 8th largest economy in the world, so a labeling law here would have national influence. We as consumers have the right to know what’s in our food!
How can you help?
Volunteers are needed to collect signatures for the ballot initiative. The signature gathering period will start February 18th and run through April 22nd, with the goal of having the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act on the November 2012 ballot.
For additional information or to find a training near you, please visit www.labelgmos.org orhttp://carighttoknow.com.
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