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California Fights for Right to Know

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This article comes from the NOFA/Massachusetts 2012 July/August Newsletter

As a Cold War kid in elementary school, I learned to dive under my desk at my teacher's command. I was taught to "duck and cover" (hide under my desk and cover my head with my hands) so I would survive a nuclear attack.

In those years, I was told the Russians and Chinese were our enemies, capable of attacking the U.S. with nuclear weapons and that the citizens of the U.S. enjoyed many more freedoms than people in the Soviet Union and Communist China.

Today, 60 years later, I find myself working for the same freedoms the Chinese and Russian people presently enjoy but are denied to U.S. residents. The freedom of making informed choices about the food we eat and the food we feed our families. To make informed choices consumers must know what's in the food they purchase and eat. To know what's in our food, the food must be labeled.

Over 40 countries in the world including Russia and China require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods - but not the U.S. Why are these un-natural foods labeled in most industrial nations but not in America? As Americans, don't we have a right to know what's in our food? To put it in perspective, the government (F.D.A.) requires labeling when orange juices are "made from concentrate". Shouldn't it also require labeling when the genetic structure of food has been fundamentally changed through genetic engineering?

In November, California voters will decide a ballot initiative that will mandate labeling of all foods containing ingredients derived from genetically modified crops. It's time to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Organizations including biotech corporations who want to keep consumers in the dark about what their food contains will be spending obscene amounts of money spreading misinformation to try and stop this labeling imitative. As California goes, so goes the nation. If labeling passes in California we will all reap the benefits so please consider donating to this labeling campaign.

For more information about the California Right to Know Campaign to label GMO foods, visit their website and please consider donating to this very important campaign.


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