Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals the DNA of which has been changed to produce what scientists see as a genetic advantage. Seeds or crops are made insect or disease resistant. In 2006, a pig was engineered to produce an enzyme converting omega-6 fatty acids pigs naturally produced into the healthy omega-3s.
This November, California will vote for or against Prop 37, The Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act requiring mandatory labeling of food products containing GMOs. Presently, 50 nations allow citizens to choose genetically engineered food or not.
Already the money is pouring in from both sides to influence the Prop 37 debate. [See: www.kcet.org/socal/food/prop-37] Businesses like Smuckers, Con Agra, Kellogg’s and even Morton Salt are lining with biotech companies to thwart the public’s right to know. Yet, why would anyone spend dollars to “hide” from consumers the fact that a product contains supposedly safe ingredients? Something’s not right here…
For more see: www.kcet.org/socal/food/prop-37/prop-37-the-california-right-to-know-genetically-engineered-food-act.html
This blog is a compilation of ideas and quotes from “Food lobby’s ‘highest priority’ is fighting GM goal labeling in California” by Michele Simon, 08.01.12.