Published on October 10th, 2012 | by Andrea Bertoli2
Prop 37: which natural food brands are on our side?
Do you know about Prop 37, the measure to require labeling of Genetically-Modified Foods (GMOs) in California? If you have missed the news about this landmark decision, read up about here on on Eat, Drink, Better, Ecolocalizer, and Red, Green, and Blue.
The GMO labeling issue is important because it would give consumers a choice about whether or not they want to eat GMOs. The companies producing and selling GMO products claim that their products are safe and edible– and yet these companies are fighting with all their monetary might to fight this bill. It makes sense that Monsanto, ConAgra and Coca-Cola would oppose this measure, and they’ve pushed millions of dollars towards this cause, saying that it would be too much hassle to label, and that consumers won’t purchase their foods if it’s labeled (clearly, they think it’s better to leave the consumers in the dark!).
But, as natural food lovers, it’s hard to know who to trust. Of course we avoid Monsanto and ConAgra and Archer Daniels Midland- their food products are not tested for safety, are heavily processed, and yet are rewarded with millions in profits at the expense of farmers’ livelihoods and the collective health of the nation. But Natural News explains that some of our organic brands have found themselves on the wrong side of this fight because of their parent companies. Natural News is calling for a boycott of many of our favorite products: LaraBars (owned by General Mills), Silk (owned by Dean Foods), and Kashi (owned by Kellogs). What’s a natural food lover to do? Will you give up your favorite national brands to support Prop 37? Would you support a boycott of these foods?