Susanne Posel/Activist Post
Soon, GM food may be labeled for consumers by mandate of the State of California legislators.
Over half a million signatures have been collected by advocates supporting the requirement of labeling of genetically modified foods. Several county registrars in California have received the measure called The Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act . California would be the first state to demand detailed labeling of these foods in such a wide range of processed foods containing GMO.
The proposal is not the first labeling law to be drafted in California.
The proposal states that by 2014, a label, explaining to consumers that the processed food they are purchasing contained ingredients derived from plants whose DNA was altered with genes from other plants, animals, viruses and/or bacteria.
Supporters of the proposal say more states, like Vermont and Connecticut are willing to enforce stringent labeling to educate consumers in their states. The US Congress has also tried unsuccessfully to mandate that GM foods be labeled. The demand for transparency and the fostering of trust with the general public and the food industry is the foundation of these efforts. Voters in California are demanding that their food be made safe. The Mellman Group’s survey contends that Americans believe GM’s are “basically safe” although scientific data proves otherwise.
In America, more than 70% of the foods sold are froth with GM ingredients. One opposing survey states more than half of participants would not buy foods that they knew were made with genetically modified components.
Big agricultural corporations and the processed food industry are opposed to this movement, claiming that such labels will only “confuse the consumer”. They also claim that stricter labeling will raise the cost of food due to packing price hikes.