Target: Leaders of California-based food manufacturers
Goal: Ask California food companies to label genetically modified foods voluntarily
Although a measure requiring companies to label genetically modified foods failed in California last year, those companies have the option to label their products voluntarily. Labeling GMO foods freely will surely encourage those who voted against the measure last November to take a second look at the issue. As consumers learn which companies they can trust based on who does and does not choose to label genetically modified foods, perhaps certain producers will rethink their business practices.
The California measure, known as Prop. 37, met staunch opposition from adversaries like multi-billion dollar GMO company Monsanto. According to the Huffington Post, Monsanto and its allies spent $46 million on the “No on 37” campaign in California. The campaign also illegally included the FDA logo and “quotes” from FDA officials on its official materials to make its claims seem more legitimate. In fact, the FDA is not allowed to comment on or support political campaigns. The campaign also used the Stanford University logo, even though the university was not affiliated with the campaign agenda. “No on 37” statistics and studies were intentionally misleading in order to convince an unsure public that GMO labeling would be expensive and increase food costs.
Somehow, Monsanto’s efforts succeeded in shooting down Prop. 37. However, California food companies have the option of labeling their products themselves. Encourage California’s largest natural food companies to label genetically modified items voluntarily, and boycott those items that do not contain the “no GMO” label.
Dear California Food Company Leaders,
Last November, Proposition 37 was voted down in California. As a result, food providers in California are not required to label genetically modified foods. However, every food company in California has the option to label GMO food products voluntarily. By opting to label genetically modified items, you may gain consumer trust and increase your base of support.
As Americans become more educated about nutrition, their interest in healthy, wholesome grocery ingredients increases. More and more Americans are opting for organic and GMO-free products. By voluntarily labeling your foods, consumers can be sure that you support these goals. If you have not started doing so already, I encourage you to voluntarily label your products, identifying which items do and do not contain genetically modified crops.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Keith Weller, US Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia