Prop 37 was defeated 53% to 47% by California voters which would have given us the right–to-know whether the foods we buy contains GMOs. It's not that Californians don't want to know what is in their food--almost half of us did--the other half probably did not understand it and were mislead.
The fact that half of California voted against Prop 37 was due in large part by the contributions to the NO on Prop 37 campaign by Monsanto's and the agribusiness (biotechnology and food manufacturing industries), a total of $40,000,000 vs.$9,000,000 by organic leaders.
Looking at the inforgraphic above I realized a couple of interesting things...
1) Bret and I don't buy any of the products that contribute to the NO on 37 campaign. However, at some point we did but we have significantly cut back on these:
- R. W. Knudsen (fruit juices)
- Organic Santa Cruz (fruit juices and peanut butter)
- Naked Foods (fruit juices and smoothies)
- Honest Tea (bottled cold teas)
- Kashi (dry cereals)
- Garden Burger (fake meat/ soy-based products)
- Ugh, even the Latino food brand, Goya! (canned beans and other foods)
2) Interestingly enough (more than the previous list and sometimes on occasions only), Bret and I do buy from the products on the list of organic leader brands that supported the YES on 37 campaign. These include:
- Amy's (frozen dinners/food)
- Earthbound Farm (pre-packaged spinach and greens)
- WholeSoy & Co. (soy yogurt)
- Traditional Medicinals (herbal tea bags)
- Clif Bar (nutrition/protein bars)
- Earth Balance (plant-based butter)
- Tofurky (fake/ soy-based turkey products)
- I also read a lot of nutritional information from Dr. Mercola at mercola.com
Now, I don't think all stores do this (I know Whole Foods Market does) , but we can even check for this label instead....
Keep this in mind: Each time we buy wholesome, natural, and organic food, we vote with our dollars demanding healthy food. Likewise, each time we buy unhealthy, processed, fattneing, sugary junk food and drinks, we also vote.
So how will you vote?