California voters will decide if food, genetically modified, is placed on the label of a product. Could Kansas follow?
- on June 13, 2012
In California, the vote is planned for November 2012
Do California voters want genetically modified foods (GMO) to be put on the label of all food products?
Voters collected more than 500,000 signatures, and the Secretary of State certified yesterday (June 12, 2012) that the measure would appear on the State's November ballot.
Grant Lundberg, CEO of Lundberg Family Farms in the Sacramento Valley, noted that the U.S. is one of the few developed nations that does not provide consumers with simple labels to inform them if their food has been genetically modified. If the measure passes, most raw or processed food made from plants or animals would require labeling.
This would give consumers more information on the foods they choose to eat.
Albert Straus, president of the Straus Family Creamery (Petaluma, California), says that "Consumers have a fundamental right to know what is in their food and to make choices, so I think everyone should be working toward this."
Currently, more than 40 other countries - including all of Europe and Japan - label genetically engineered food.
Could Kansas be next? Backers of similar legislation in twelve other states are moving forward.
This could certainly be another good reason for going to local Farmer's Markets where available, such as in Lawrence.
What do you think?