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Californians will have the unique opportunity of deciding whether or not they want genetically engineered foods (GMOs) labeled. This historic measure will be up for a vote on the November ballot (see summary below).  The initiative needed over 550k petition signatures to qualify and county election officials will be validating signatures over the next 30 days.
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Regardless of how you feel about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), it’s hard to argue that consumers shouldn’t have the right to know if we’re eating them. Monsanto, big ag scientists, and our government keeps saying GMOs are perfectly safe and that GMO labeling would only “confuse” consumers. In national surveys, it’s something like 93% of Americans are in favor of GMO labeling. No wonder big ag and food manufacturers don’t want to label because they know people may think twice before buying foods with GE ingredients.
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Depending on what survey you look at, anywhere from 70-96% of Americans want labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. In the absence of such labeling, how do you know if something has GE ingredients? Chances are if it contains soy, canola oil, corn or sugar beets, it has an extremely high likelihood of being GE. What about fresh produce? The only way to know for sure is to buy certified organic produce.
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Daily Sound/Image by Victor Maccharoli

Be Food Smart is featured in the Santa Barbara Daily Sound today.  If you are local in Santa Barbara, pick up your copy at your coffee shop. Not local? Check out our press page or click on this link for the story:

With Be Food Smart, Santa Barbara brother and sister team moves beyond labels to encourage healthier choices

January 14, 2011

By Jeremy Nisen

Many thanks to Jeremy for the great write up and to our dad, Ananda Dalidd, for making it happen. Also, thanks Victor Maccharoli for meeting me at the Goleta Farmer’s Market yesterday and taking the fun photos!