3 Reasons Our Food Should Be Labeled

As I have written here several times, there are many reasons that we should all know what is in our food and support a sustainable food system. These include the seemingly endless stories of food recalls, the negative environmental impacts of a non-sustainable food system, and the use of GMOs.

But there are also more personal reasons that you might want to support the use of food labeling. If you are like me and just don’t trust that it is safe, and are tired of not having food labeled or identified as to where it comes from, what’s in it, and how it is produced when you shop at the supermarket, then you might consider changing the way you eat and working towards changing our food system.

That’s what a citizens’ group in California is doing; they succeeded in getting an initiative on the ballot for next week’s election calling for the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the state. Proposition 37, the “Right to Know” ballot measure, would label genetically engineered foods and prevent them from being marketed as “natural” foods.

In spite of the millions of dollars that have been spent by large food and pesticide corporations opposing the measure, as of last week, Proposition 37 still leads in the polls by 44% to 42%, according to a Los Angeles Times poll.

And the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support Proposition 37, with Councilmember Paul Koretz saying: “It’s not often that the LA City Council votes unanimously to support a measure, but Prop 37 was a no-brainer. We have the right to know what’s in the food we’re eating and feeding our families.”

Here are the reasons that I think GMO food should be labeled:

  • First and foremost, so that consumers can make an informed decision about whether they want to eat foods with genetically engineered ingredients—in the same way that they make the choice to eat foods based on calorie and nutritional content and information.
  • To avoid unknowingly consuming any pesticides or allergens that might be injected into the genome of such crops.
  • To further eliminate negative environmental impacts. According to the CA Right To Know site, “various environmental problems associated with genetic engineering have been well documented, including biodiversity loss, an overall increase in pesticide use, the emergence of super weeds that are threatening millions of acres of farmland, and the unintentional contamination of non-GMO and organic crops.”

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Interstellar Daydreamer
Cosmic Price2 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

thanks for sharing

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey2 years ago

Very simply, we as the consumer, have the right to know what we are putting into our mouths.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla2 years ago

Of course it should!

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Judi, for Sharing this!

Sarah M.
Sarah M.2 years ago


Anne F.
Anne F.3 years ago

Labels are important - sorry that the big money in California scared people, so the proposition failed.

natalie n.
natalie n.3 years ago

all foods must have proper labels. unfortunately back home this is not really the case for some items, so you end up buying the pricier goods with proper labeling.

Michael Maday
Michael Maday3 years ago

It is very hard to understand why the vote isn't 100%. I guess some folks just love not knowing, like the players of Russian roulette!

Tamara r Pearlman

The 3 worst foods that humans can ingest are all genetically altered: corn, wheat and soy. We must fight GMO's altogether; not just for labeling. Look at the rise of disease in America and look at the changes in our foods. Hormones and antibiotics in milk, meat, chickents, eggs, cheese and more. We must demand healthier food for ourselves and our children!