Prop 37’s failure leads to guerrilla GMO labeling

Photo taken, with permission, from the tumblr account of Label It Yourself

Do you know what GMOs are? Genetically modified organisms have become a hot-button issue, as recently seen in the November election.

On the California ballot, Proposition 37 came to a vote, asking California residents if they want food that was made with GMOs to be labeled as so. It also would have prohibit the term “natural” for foods containing GMOs.

This proposition was defeated on Nov. 7.

But some of the voters are continuing the fight, and have begun their own labeling system. Walking into the grocery store, you might see stickers placed on some of your favorite foods, such as Oreos, multivitamins and even candy canes.

This guerrilla grassroots campaign has been aided by Label It Yourself, which, according to its website, “empowers people to make educated decisions about what is in their food, without waiting for government or corporations to do it for them.”

The organization is asking participants to create their own labels or use printer-friendly ones from the site — some with a QR code on them — very digital savvy. The group also asks participants to educate themselves about products and GMOs before going out on their grassroots campaign.

Some guidelines include: Anything that contains non-organic corn, non-organic soy, non-organic canola, non-organic cottonseed and/or any of the derivatives made from them; animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) that are not organic, which can contain genetically modified hormones and were probably fed GMO food; most chemical additives to food, which are made from GMO corn and soy; and sugar, as much of it in the United States is made from GMO sugar beets, including brown sugar.

The site also hosts a Tumblr account to showcase photos of people labeling items in grocery stores.

Do you eat organic foods? Do you try to stay away from GMO foods? Will you try this grassroots labeling campaign?

Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University, is a York City dweller and has been vegetarian and geek for more than five years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie

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