By Dana Shultz for Diets In Review | Photo via California Right to Know
If you’ve been paying attention at all to the controversy surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) the past few months, then you likely know about the upcoming Proposition 37 vote on November 6 which would require GMO-containing food products to be labeled as such. And whether you eat a diet free of GMOs or not, I think we can all agree that everyone at least has the right to know what’s in their food, and to be empowered to make the decision to consume GMOs or not.
For those unfamiliar with what GMOs are, a GMO is created in a lab where genes from one species are inserted into another to achieve a desired trait. This process is called Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM).
As Lacy Hansen shared on Diets in Review earlier this week, in many cases, this process is done at seed level, meaning the seeds are crossed with a food and a pesticide and grown into products that end up on our grocery store shelves. The problem is, these foods that are essentially created in labs are not required to be labeled as such, which means consumers don’t have the luxury of knowing what’s really in the food they’re buying.
So what’s the danger? In the past year alone, multiple studies have found an alarming number of health risks linked to GMOs. Just a few of these risks tie GMOs to increased risk for obesity, health problems, and allergic reactions–especially among children–and even potential liver problems.
Some shocking evidence concerning how GMOs affect children comes from Healthy Child Healthy World. According to their findings, there has been a a 400 percent increase in food allergies, a 300 percent increase in asthma, a 400 percent increase in ADHD, and a 1,500 percent increase in autism since GMOs were introduced into our food supply in the 90s.
So what do we want? We want genetically modified foods labeled, period. And we don’t think that’s too much to ask. Thankfully, we’re not alone in this fight.
With the upcoming Proposition 37 vote in California on November 6, awareness of GMO labeling is becoming all the more urgent. This is because if the vote passes, GMO labeling will be required in California, and since California seems to be a trend-setting state in many ways, other states are likely to follow.
To spread the word to those who may not know about what’s going on with GMOs in our food system, or may not know how to join the cause, we’re inviting you to be a part of a major Twitter event happening this Friday to support the cause. Diets in Review and many of our fellow labeling advocates will be chatting on Twitter not only to promote a ‘yes’ vote on Proposition 37, but to demand GMO labeling nationwide.
If fighting GMOs is an important cause to you, or you just want to become more aware and educated on the subject, please join us on Friday to start a conversation about GMOs that will hopefully spark nationwide change in the fight for natural, honest food.