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GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms, have frequented news headlines over the last few years. But you still may be asking yourself: "What exactly are GMOs?" Here is the basic rundown of all you need to know.
Before the GE food labeling movement marches on to the next state, we need to examine and understand these industry tactics to better prepare for them.
Like millions of parents and activists who oppose genetically modified food, I feel that the stakes are very high in this battle the safety of our world's food supply. If we are to win it, we are going to have to fight tougher. And smarter.
While some may prefer a national solution to labeling GE foods versus going state by state, history has shown that Washington, D.C. is gridlocked and we won't get movement at the federal level until the states take action on this issue.
Just outside of the small town of Maumelle, Arkansas sits your run-of-the-mill American strip mall. And as in so many other box store hubs, a Walmart dominates the landscape. But something is a shade different about this one; its big, looming letters are not the standard blue.
What we didn't realize at the time was that the real Frankenstein's monster was not GM technology, but our reaction against
Recently, a teacher told me she had been talking to parents about the importance of serving their children organic food at school. The parents adamantly disagreed. Their reason? "We don't want our kids to be snobs."
Perhaps Prop 37, the ballot initiative that would have required food companies to put a label on packaging if they used GMOs, was poorly constructed. But its defeat is a blip in the arc of history. The power of openness and transparency is a relentless tide that's only getting stronger.
By 2050, we need to figure out how to not only feed but also nourish the three billion new people who will be joining the seven billion of us who are already here on the planet. And we need to figure out how to do this as effectively, ethically and as environmentally sensibly as possible.
One would think that having killed a chicken and seen it previously alive and kicking, that it would be difficult to actually eat it. Strangely, however, it had the opposite effect.
How do we overcome the money and influence of the chemical companies controlling our federal government's approach to GE foods and labeling? We need millions of Americans to tell our federal government officials that we want transparency, honesty and labeling in our food system.
Our consumer movement made the costly mistake of arming itself with peace signs and love beads for what turned out to be a gunfight with a ruthless, assault rifle-equipped enemy.
Despite polling in mid-September showing an overwhelming lead, the measure lost by 53 to 47 percent, which is relatively close considering the "No" side's tactics.
"I think this election was largely a story of money. We didn't have the funds to compete," Stacy Malkan, media director of
California voters rejected Prop 37, which would have required retailers and food companies to label products made with genetically
In late September, 61 percent of polled Californians supported Prop 37. But just a month later, that opinion flipped upside
If there is one thing that the "No on 37" campaign can say with complete honesty, it's that they have ready access to literally millions of dollars, all kindly donated by the world's largest biotechnology and pesticide producers and food industry leaders.