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California Gets Mandatory GMO Labeling On The Ballot

California Gets Mandatory GMO Labeling On The Ballot

Late last year, Care2 reported that a California organization called LabelGMOs had launched an initiative that would finally put the issue of mandatory GMO labeling where it belongs, in the hands of American voters.

A mere eight months and over 900,000 signatures later, it’s official: Early this week California’s Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that the ”California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act” will be on the state ballot in November. The initiative only needed 504,760 verified signatures to qualify.

The measure [PDF] requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways, and prohibits labeling or advertising such food as “natural.”

“We believe our right to know what we are buying and feeding ourselves and our kids supersedes corporate rights to a nontransparent profit,” reads a statement on the LabelGMO’s website. “Just 22 weeks from today, we will go to the polls.  We are in the fight of our lives while all the world watches what we do here.”

Indeed, the world will be watching. Unlike its European counterparts, which have been hesitant to open their fields to the likes of Monsanto, and in some cases banned them altogether, the U.S. has allowed GMOs to infiltrate the national food system without so much as a PSA to warn consumers.

Despite polls showing the majority of American citizens want to know whether food contains GMOs before they buy it. The FDA has continually resisted efforts that would require manufacturers to disclose the presence of GMOs in their products.

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1:21PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

Obowiązkowe etykietowanie GMO nie tylko w Kalifornii ale na całym świecie!!!

9:39AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

label it

5:08PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Right on Cali! - everyone, everywhere should follow this example....
Boycott Monsanto and GO ORGANIC!!!!

2:23AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Glad to hear about this.. Hope it spreads and that this kept in the public's eye.. We need to save our food sources for all future generations..... We deserve to have a say in this...!

12:10PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Start in California and spread it around the country!

9:40AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Since nutritional values must be labeled on food, it just follows this should also be included on the label.

9:07AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

good start.

8:22AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

I pray this is a start for a federal initiative.

6:46AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

too bad it's only one state.

3:38AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012


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