Whether you’re a political junky like me or not, you have probably heard of “Prop 37” that was on the ballot this last Tuesday in California. Prop 37 would have required the labeling of food products made with GMO’s, genetically modified ingredients.
After a slew of million dollars a day negative ads, support for Prop 37 quickly declined and did not pass in California. Yes, a win for companies like Monsanto and other Big Ag corporations who want to keep producing GMOs but it doesn’t mean the fight is over.
Whether you like it or not, you have probably consumed more GMO’s than you realize, more than 70% of supermarket food contains GM foods, increasing every year since they were introduced in 1996. If you are interested about reading more on GMOs, you can read my previous post here.
Just because Prop 37 didn’t pass doesn’t mean we are all SOL. There are plenty of ways you can still eat GMO free.
- Certified Organic Products do not contain and GM ingredients.
- More and more companies are labeling their items non-GMO. Check for this label to assure that you are getting a GMO-free product
- The biggest culprits in GM produce are soy (91% is GM), Corn (85%), Canola (88%), and Sugar Beets (90%).
- Download the Non-GMO shopping guide (also available as an App) to help you navigate through the store aisles.
- If you have the free Fooducate App, use the GMO feature
“Several animal studies reveal a long list of disorders, including: infertility, immune dysregulation, accelerated aging, dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis, [faulty] insulin regulation, cell signaling, and protein formation, and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal system.” The American Academy of Environmental Medicine on Genetically Modified Ingredients.
What are your thoughts on GMO food? If you live in California, did you vote for or against Prop 37?