What Exactly Is a GMO—and Why Should You Care?
Ever since Proposition 37—a measure that would require mandatory labeling of GMO ingredients—made it onto California’s November ballot, the issue has escalated rapidly. Major food companies are throwing millions of dollars at a campaign to thwart the bill, while less wealthy organizations—the Right to Know Campaign and Non-GMO Project among them—are working furiously to grow awareness where they lack funds.
Both sides say the issue is a matter of access to infomation. Proponents of Prop 37 say consumers have a right to know what they’re eating, while opponents argue that labeling would cause undue panic among consumers, who will misunderstand the labeling.
In the end, regardless of how labeling laws shake out come November, you’ll decide what you buy and eat. So here’s a quick guide to help you navigate the fraught issue of genetically modified foods.
Lawyers of Big Tobacco Lawsuits Take Aim at Food Industry
More than a dozen lawyers who took on the tobacco companies have filed 25 cases against industry players like ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, Heinz, General Mills and Chobani that stock pantry shelves and refrigerators across America.
The suits, filed over the last four months, assert that food makers are misleading consumers and violating federal regulations by wrongly labeling products and ingredients.