Pamm Larry woke up one morning to a true ah-ha moment. She realized that instead of being depressed about the ever increasing presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply, she could actually do something about it. This is how the Label GMOs – A 2012 Ballot Initiative Campaign was born.

The Label GMOs – A 2012 Ballot Initiative Campaign is “a grassroots movement to get an initiative that would require mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods and the factory farmed animals reared on them” in California. Pamm Larry came to Santa Barbara today to spread the word and coordinate an effort in our county. She already has teams in action in Northern California, San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles and is trying to fill in the gaps by setting up teams in the remaining counties.

Before Californians can vote on getting GMOs labeled, the measure has to get on the 2012 ballot. There is currently a team of GMO experts working together to write a comprehensive bill that would layout the GMO labeling requirements. Once the bill’s language is approved by the Secretary of State, there is only 150 days to collect a minimum of 750,000 signatures.

Regardless of how you feel about genetic engineering, most cannot argue with giving consumers the CHOICE to buy the food they feel is best for themselves and their family. Currently, there is no way to know if the foods you are eating are made with genetically modified ingredients unless you buy certified organic products (even organic produce is often contaminated by neighboring GE crops). When you start looking at the statistics, it really gets scary: approximately 93% of soy, 86% of corn, 93% of cotton, 93% of canola and 95% of sugar beets are GE. More crops are waiting in line for government approval. When you start reading labels you’ll figure out pretty quickly how hard it is to avoid soy, canola and soy.  We all consume GE foods, wear clothing made from GE cotton, and devour animals, or products from animals, who eat GE feed. It is virtually impossible to avoid.

Why all the fuss? Genetic engineering is a relatively new science and we are the science experiment. Numerous studies point to the health risks associated GE foods for both humans and animals. It is suspected that skyrocketing food allergy rates are associated with consuming GE foods. The environment is compromised and farmers enter into life-long contracts which bind them to a certain conglomerate.

What can you do? Pamm Larry wants to,  “…remind people of the power we have…I’m a grandma from Chico!” If you want to get involved, visit the website, join a team in your California community, educate your friends and family about what GE is and why it is important to get foods labeled, and donate to the cause. Join their Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter.

The Label GMO – A 2012 Ballot Initiative Campaign

www.labelgmos.org