California voters will decide if food, genetically modified, is placed on the label of a product. Could Kansas follow?

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?

Tagged: California, right to know, Kansas, GMO foods


introversion 5 years, 11 months ago

Transparency in food production is essential. Companies that use GMOs should either be proud that they use them and display it on their packaging (along with any other details they can provide) or not use them at all. If they're concerned about customer perception, they should attempt to change the way consumers feel about GMOs.

This reminds me of the fiasco regarding rBGH labeling in milk products from a few years ago. Be proud of what you do and tell your consumers, or change your methods.

parrothead8 5 years, 11 months ago

This headline needs to be rewritten. It reads as if California voters are voting to place food on the label of a product. Perhaps "California voters to decide if food should be labeled as GMO," or something that makes a little more sense.

kernal 5 years, 11 months ago

The headline is punctuated for a correct interpretation, parrothead

RichardMiller 5 years, 11 months ago

I wish Kansas would do this as well. It's apparent the president isn't going to follow through on his campaign promise:

Scott Morgan 5 years, 11 months ago

We should do everything California does. Then we can turn off city lights, sell state property, try to persuade business from leaving in mass, pay full retirement benefits to fireman after 20 years, and last but not least become the first state to go bankrupt.

labmonkey 5 years, 11 months ago

Instead of worrying about GMO's, I want to know if any part of my food, or dogs' food came from China. I would rather see a country of origin clearly labeled on all products.

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