That's why I, an Oregon attorney, am writing about a California ballot measure, and urging you to support California's Proposition 37. Prop. 37 is a simple change to require a trivially easy modification to food labels that won't cost a cent: it simply requires that foods that have had their genetic codes re-engineered in laboratories disclose that right on the label, so that real people can make the choice about whether to support those technologies or to pass on them. So whether you have concerns about these technologies or whether you are totally comfortable with them and happy to have them, you should support Prop. 37, because all it does it require transparency.
What's astonishing and depressing is how many big companies with organic products are pouring money into the anti-labeling campaign in California (see poster above). Those companies, shown on the left in red in the poster, are actively spending and working to keep consumers in the dark, and prevent transparency. That's appalling.
As Oregonians, we know that California is a huge market, and that what happens there often spreads. Well, when it's a good idea like making food labels honest and transparent, the sooner it spreads to Oregon the better. And you can download a copy of the poster (below) to take it with you to the store, so you can be sure to support the companies on the right (in green), the ones who want you to be able to know when you're being sold genetically engineered food.
Support Prop. 37!