Consumer’s Right To Know (Prop 37)

Posted on October 25, 2012

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Before I start talking about Proposition 37 and my take on it I want to mention how amazingly wonderful it is to be a Sweat Pink Ambassador. I’ve been meeting so many inspirational women, getting to spend some time sharing my talents, and learning tons of new things. I’ve never been involved in an online community who is so supportive. I am so excited to learn even more!

Sporting my Sweat Pink swag!

 

I’ve been hearing more and more about Proposition 37, and as election day approaches I’d like to give my two cents on it’s importance. Proposition 37 is calling for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods in the State of California. It would:

  • Require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
  • Prohibit labeling or advertising such food as “natural.”
  • Exempt from this requirement foods that are “certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.”

In an era where we are requiring more transparency in our lives, and where we are tired of all of the gimmicks and foolishness that comes along with making a dollar in this country Proposition 37, to me, is common sense. I believe it is our right as a consumer to know what types of foods we are eating.  More than 60 other countries already require this type of labeling, so it’s not a terribly novel idea. This is not a ban on GMO’s, it’s just a way for the consumer to make their own choices on which types of foods they eat.

I have found making the transition into a healthy lifestyle very overwhelming and daunting. Mostly because there is so much information on how to be healthy, but there is also very confusing information. Are the foods labeled “natural” actually natural? Am I eating clean or is my ignorance causing me to continue to eat processed foods? This is the first step in allowing people to make well-informed choices.

 

Do you eat clean? What are your eat clean staples?

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