Devine Chiropractic endorses I-522, labeling genetically modified foods.

Filed by Julia Devine, age 13.

 

“I am not a science experiment!”  That was the message I took to Proctor farmer’s market on Saturday as I collected signatures to get I-522 on the ballot next November.  I-522 would require labeling of GMO products.  A similar measure, Prop 37 is on this November’s ballot in California.  If prop 37 passes, and it is expected to, California will be the first state to require labeling of GMO’s.  50 countries, including the EU (European Union) already require genetically-modified ingredients to be labeled, but the US has lagged behind….until now.abe There was overwhelming support for I-522 at the farmer’s market.  Most people knew what GMO’s were and were eager to sign my petition.  I had the opportunity to share my concerns and also hear what other people thought.

One lady who came up to me owns a small business that bakes gluten-free products.  She wanted her products to be non-gmo certified.    Currently there is only one organization that certifies GMO-free.  It is called the “non GMO project” and if you pass their tests, your company can display the  “non-GMO project” sticker.  This lady applied for certification and had to wait six weeks for a reply.  Because she has 10 products, it would cost her $3000 a year to have certification and she wasn’t able to afford that, so she does not currently have the non-GMO sticker.  Even though passage of this law will require her business to pay to be certified, she happily signed the petition.  She hopes that when more businesses want to be certified, the price will come down.

The vendor who was selling organic honey products was very eager to sign the petition. GMO’s are being blamed for honeybee colonies collapsing.  So many honey bees have died recently that there is a lot to worry about.  Honebees are very important pollinators.  If GMO causes honeybees to die (because gmo’s produce their own insecticide) then crops will not be pollinated and this may lead to a severe food shortage.

A lot of people thanked me for coming to the farmer’s market to collect signatures.  A lot of the people came up to me when they saw what I was doing.  They were surprised that I came on my own and not for a school assignment.  An organic farmer gave me a Chinese pear as a way of saying thanks.  Of all the people I asked, only three people declined to sign my petition.

 

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