From our humble beginnings many decades ago, Nature’s Path was, and is totally committed to organics and working in harmony with nature. In 1990, when we first learned about the environmentally toxic and health risks of a new, but unnatural gene-splicing technology then termed as Genetically Modified Organisms, we decided to take a firm and adamant stand against the use of GMOs in all of our products, and made bold statements on our packaging about it. Today, we have laws against the use of genetically engineered (GE) foods in ALL Certified Organic products. But, we had to fight for it. It’s not enough however. GE ingredients are now in about 85% of every food in your local grocery store, but it’s not labeled.
We firmly believe that you have a Citizen’s right to know what’s in your food and that genetically engineered foods should be clearly labeled so we can all make an informed choice. Isn’t this our democratic right? Currently, not. Let’s change that!
California Right to Know
In what we believe is an exciting pivotal game-changer for ALL North Americans, the California Secretary of State's office officially announced that the California Right To Know initiative to label GMOs will be on the state's November ballot as Proposition 37. If passed, this will be the first law in the United States to require labeling of a wide range of genetically modified foods and ingredients sold in the state of California, as well as ban the practice of labeling GMO-tainted foods as “natural.” It will be a huge step towards the transparency people deserve.
Twenty states have tried to legislate GMO labeling, but none have succeeded due to intense opposition from corporate special interests. As our good friend Stacy Malkan from the Right to Know campaign says: “All eyes are on California, and the voters of this state will support our right to know what’s in our food when they vote this November". If Californians get Mandatory GE labeling, the rest of the country, and Canada will ultimately follow. Once people KNOW what is in their food, they can then make the informed choice to avoid the health and environmental risk of GMOs. Polls show that nine out of ten voters in the U.S. and in California back labeling (see Mellman 2012, Zogby 2012, CBS 2012).
To date, more than 1,000 groups and businesses have endorsed the Yes on 37 Right to Know initiative, including a broad range of consumer, farm, environmental, and health advocates such as the Consumer Federation of America, the United Farm Workers, California Certified Organic Farmers, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, Organic Consumers Association, the California League of Conservation Voters, the Center for Food Safety and Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco. Most recently, the California Democratic Party announced their endorsement to support Proposition 37.
We are also putting our money where our mouth is with this initiative and have donated $600,000 to support the campaign to make this ballot initiative and Mandatory GE labeling a reality. It is something we feel passionately about, but we are also doing it on behalf of you – the families and farmers that eat our food and rely on our business. We are urging all stakeholders in the organic community to step up to the plate and make a difference with their time, money and resources, for a big win over the giant biotech industry.
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