Let me guess: much of it was already prepared in factory kitchens hundreds of miles away and the main ingredients were corn or soy products (or both). Am I right? According to the USDA, 93% of corn, 94% of soybeans and 95% of cotton contain patented genetically engineered genes as well as 95% of sugar beets and canola according to industry reports. In addition, varieties of genetically engineered papayas, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, alfalfa and sweet corn have been approved in the United States.
At the moment, GMO apples, bananas and GMO salmon (the first genetically engineered animal), are awaiting approval or under review in the U.S., in addition to new varieties of GMO corn, soybeans and cotton that have been genetically engineered to survive the application of toxic herbicides.
Appetizing? Healthy for you? Perhaps neither.
Oh. And have you voted yet? While the taste of breakfast/lunch/dinner is still “fresh’ in your mind, visit www.RightToKnowColorado.org for citations, resources and more information about labeling genetically modified food in Colorado.
The premise is simple: a YES vote means you support including the words “ Produced With Genetic Engineering” on the label or container of many packaged foods. That way, every shopper can not only read about fats, salt and carbohydrates but also about which ingredients have been altered genetically. Then you vote with your wallet. Either you buy it or you don’t and that sends the real message to the large firms who currently dictate what you eat.
Maybe, over time, agribusiness will start listening to what consumers want and also treat the land their “ingredients” come from with a healthier respect for the future.
Is this proposition too broadly worded or designed to pull on your emotions? Maybe so. Years ago, people thought that putting dietary ingredients on food labels was radical. Today it’s mainstream. People are more aware of what they eat and that alone is better for all of us.
The “NO” ads are designed to scare you into thinking that Prop 105 will ruin small farmers, raise food prices and change nothing. Not so. Read the 2104 State Ballot Information Booklet for a look at both sides of the question. There’s time to work out the details once the Legislature has your decision in hand.
The sun will still rise in the East every day and set in the West, whether this issue passes or not. The question is whether you will sleep better at night, knowing you have made an investment in a healthier future for yourself and your family.
Think about it and make a conscious choice when you vote. Flip your ballot over and vote YES on Proposition 105.