If you were eating something completely unnatural - something that could make you sick - give you cancer - make your testicles shrink - heck, even kill you - wouldn't you want to know? If you answered yes - then you're on the same side as over 90% of your fellow Americans.
Poll after poll over the last few years - has shown that more than 90% of Americans support specific labeling of genetically modified foods that they buy in grocery stores. And European and other developed countries require labeling of GMOs -- genetically modified foods. But even though for years Americans have been demanding the right to know what's in their food - and whether or not it's franken-food - not a single piece of state or federal legislation has ever been passed to make it happen. Which brings us to California.
Efforts to force the state legisature to pass laws to require labeling of genetically modified foods have failed - so now citizens of the state have taken matters into their own hands. After collecting more than a million signatures - the citizens of California put proposition 37 on the ballot for November - which will force all genetically modified foods to have special labels. Good news, right? Well...now the fight is juststarting. That's because the biggest purveyors of genetically modified foods - giant corporations like Monsanto, DuPont, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle - all of them are spending enormous amounts of money to defeat Prop 37. They don't want you to know what's in your food.
Monsanto alone has spent more than 4 million bucks - so too has Dupont - and in total the GMO industry has raised $25 million to kill prop 37 - and to kill your right to know what's in the food you eat. On the other hand - the supporters of Prop 37 - have only raised $2 million. This is going to be an uphill battle.