Island Food News – September 2012
In a recent web article, Organic Consumers.org blasted large food and beverage corporations for profiting from the sale of billions of dollars of their proprietary organic and "natural" foods brands, while at the same time funneling large sums of money to the Monsanto-led campaign to defeat the November 6th GMO labeling ballot initiative (Proposition 37) in California.
Though the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act is a California proposition, if corporations have to label their products for one huge state, it is most likely they will use the same labels across the country. In addition, once it's illegal to label foods including GMO ingredients as "natural," millions of consumers will boycott the products and demand alternatives, so what happens in CA will have far-reaching effects.
The board of the San Juan Food Co-op will discontinue carrying the products they normally buy that were mentioned in the Organic Consumers article. The complete list of brands & products include:
Locally, Initiative 2012-4, the Ordinance Prohibiting Growing Genetically Modified Organisms
in San Juan County is gaining supporters. This ordinance would only prohibit GMO's, not hybrids or other improved varieties, and it would not affect what is sold in stores; it would only affect raising, growing, and propagation of GMO's.
For more information about genetically modified foods, please visit the official website of The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods and Earthsave's webpage.