Voting Yes on Proposition 37 Means Three Simple Things:
We will have the Right to Know what’s in our food, and whether our food is produced using genetic engineering.
Food will be labeled accurately. Food labels will have to disclose if the product was produced through genetic engineering – as they already do in more than 40 other countries.
Protecting the health of our families will be easier. We will have the information we need about foods that some physicians and scientists say cause allergies and other health risks.
The food we buy already has information about nutrition, fat content and allergens on the labels. Proposition 37 ensures that labeling also includes whether or not the food was genetically engineered in a laboratory, which means the food’s DNA was artificially altered using genes from viruses, bacteria, or other plants or animals in ways that can’t occur in nature.
There are no long-term health studies that have shown that genetically engineered food is safe for humans. Whether you buy genetically engineered food or not, you need to know what you are buying and not gamble on your family’s health. Labeling lets us know what’s in our food, so we have the freedom to decide for ourselves.
Proposition 37 is a simple, common-sense measure. It doesn’t cost anything to include information on a label, and it is phased in, giving manufacturers 18 months to print new labels telling us what’s in the food, or change their products if they do not want to use food produced using genetic engineering.
Proposition 37 also prevents the misleading use of the word “natural” on products that are genetically engineered.
Big food manufacturers and agrichemical companies and their lobbyists oppose this measure. Many of these are the same companies who lied to us about the effects of pesticides or fought to keep other information off food labels, such as the number of calories, or how much fat or salt is in their products. Now they want to keep us in the dark about their genetic engineering of our foods.
Whether you want to eat genetically engineered foods or not, PROPOSITION 37 GIVES YOU THE POWER to choose what foods to feed your family. The big chemical companies should not make that decision for you.
Because genetically engineered foods are controversial, over 40 countries around the world require labels for genetically engineered foods, including European Union countries, Japan, China, Russia and India. Shouldn’t American companies give Americans the same information they give foreign consumers?
Consumers, family farmers, doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and small business people and nearly one million Californians have already joined our campaign.
Please join us by supporting your Right to Know today!
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