Fitness Friday || Prop 37 The Right To Know What’s In Your Food

Happy Fitness Friday! Friday brings an end to a long and very tiring work week. The day after returning home from vacation I went back to work after a wonderful summer break. The adjustment is always a challenge the first week (not that I’m complaining!).

My Fitness Friday this week? It seems pretty simple to me, I want to know what’s in the food I eat. I no longer live in California but this is a topic that reaches far beyond the CA border.

With changing my diet over the past year I have researched and learned so much about food and nutrition. What makes certain foods a ‘superfood’.  Food groups that are more beneficial for performance and endurance. The realization of how much different foods impact the body. And so much more.

With all of my research [and curiosity] the term – GMO’s – Genetically Modified Organisms frequently pops up. So I added that to my label reading list with the intention of avoiding genetically modified foods. Guess what? It’s not on the label. I am not being given the information I need to make an informed decision about the food I eat and feed to my family. That is unacceptable!

 
CA Prop 37 will require food manufacturers to label foods that contain GMO’s. 

Here is the full text of the initiative.

The healthy blogger community is rallying their support behind Prop. 37.  Leah Segedie (one of the most influential mommy bloggers on the internet and the force behind Mamavationwrote this about GMO’s:

“So what is a genetically engineered food? According to CA Right to Know (Prop. 37 in California), “a genetically engineered food (also known as genetically modified organism, or GMO) is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is engineered in a laboratory, and is not found in nature.”

It’s estimated that 70% of our food on grocery shelves contains GMOs, compared to only 5% in Europe. The early 1990′s the FDA allowed all sorts of things into our food supply such as additives, preservatives, and GMOs. Since then we’ve had some significant changes to the health of our children. According to Healthy Child Healthy World these are stats about differences in illness in children since early 90s.

400% increase in food allergies
300% increase in asthma
400% increase in ADHD
1,500% increase in autism”

Some other interesting facts about GMO’s:

  • this is a bipartisan issue – 89% of Republicans and 90% of Democrats support labeling of GMO’s
  • A survey from the Mellman Group shows that only 1 in 4 Americans think that GMO’s are “basically safe”
  • an example of a GMO is corn that has been modified to either produce its own pesticide or to withstand a high amount of pesticides (from the CARightToKnow.org website)

You may not live in California and asking yourself “What can I do?”

  • Do the research for yourself.  Educate yourself on the benefits of full disclosure about what is in our food.
  • Read this article specifically about the myths and facts of the initiative.
  • Join a live chat today, August 10, on Twitter from 7-8PM PDT to discuss and educate people about Proposition 37.
Coming up on Fitness, Health and Happiness – blog redesign, a giveaway, a race recap and counting down to my goal race!
Do you routinely read food labels and make decisions based on the available information? What do you have planned for the weekend?



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  3. Awesome post! I am all about KNOWING what they are doing to our food. So many interesting things that Monsanto doesn’t want us to know.

  4. Thanks for spreading the word! I wrote about it yesterday on my other blog Frugal Local Kitchen. I tried looking for GMO fruits and veggies last night when I was food shopping and got distracted by the local food. Oh, well. There’s always next week to look.

    1. That’s the problem. We don’t know which foods have been modified. Manufacturers don’t give us that info.

  5. I’m getting better about reading labels. It is true though…we should know more about where our food is coming from!

    1. Maybe this will be a nationwide awareness wake up call! Wouldn’t that be great!

  6. Excellent post. I’m trying to spread the word myself. It’s amazing how little information we are given about the food we eat.

    1. I’ve learned so much over the past year and have been shocked by regulations or the lack of.

  7. While I do not live in California, I agree that we must know what is in our food! I’m really hoping that this initiative really gets great attention and sparks a food revolution in our country!

    1. A country-wide awareness wake up call would be great! I don’t live in CA either but the results of this prop will impact the whole country.

  8. wow! thanks so much for the awesome info. i really learned a lot! i try to look at all the labels too before i buy stuff, but im def not as careful as i should be!! SPA love

    1. My pleasure Jenna! Label reading is habit. Even my kids sometimes do it haha!

  9. I’ve been reading food labels for years now. Having a child with severe food allergies forced me to do this in the beginning, but over the years I’ve learned about things like GMO and try not to feed them to my family. I really hope our government wakes up and starts making our food supply safe again and starts doing what is best for the people and not the companies making the GMO’s.

    Thanks for informing more people about this issue.

    1. It seems impossible to take out the political aspect of this. Ugh! Shouldn’t what’s best for the country be the priority and not political agendas.

  10. Thanks so much for spreading the word about this. It is such an important issue and I think that people just take for granted that food = food and don’t think so much about all the other stuff that’s often put in there. I too want to know, especially for my kids.

    1. It’s a topic I’m passionate about so I’m happy to share with anyone that will read it 🙂 My research has been eye opening.

  11. I love the push behind letting us be informed about our food sources. It’s hard to make decisions when you don’t have the info available!

    1. Agreed! Makes you wonder what the manufacturers are hiding if they’re so unwilling to provide the info.

  12. Thanks for sharing this info with us 🙂

    Planning on playing and relaxing this weekend!

    1. Hi Kierston. It’s a subject I’m passionate about and happy to share with anyone that will read it 🙂

      Sounds like you have a nice weekend planned!

  13. I’m a label reader, and probably have been for a couple of years. I used not pay any attention to the ingredients, and just looked at the calories and fat. Sometimes it is a bit frustrating trying to find foods that are healthy and nutritious, and that don’t have all the added ingredients. (and that are at an inexpensive price) But you just have to do your research.

    1. A little research goes a long way with staying informed and making choices for you and your family. Sadly it can be expensive.

  14. We should know exactly whats in our food. The manufacturers should provide this information and it should be double checked by I guess it would be by the USDA. I dont want to eat anything that has been modified. I try to buy the freshest food and most organic food out there. But then again how do I know Im not being lied to when Im purchasing this item. Its very frustrating.

    1. It is frustrating to weed through all the info and misleading information. I educate myself as much as I can to stay informed.

  15. Thank you for a very informative post. I had no idea how prevalent GMO’s are or why they are harmful. I appreciate all the links for extra reading. I need to understand this better. What is the Vote yes for 37?

    1. Vote Yes for 37 is voting yes for CA Prop 37 which will require food manufacturers to label foods that contain GMO’s.

  16. GMOs are so scary and we do have the right to know. A great read on GMOs and other food issues plaging this country with a global reach is Jane Goddall’s Harvest of Hope. That book and Food Inc., completely changed how I view food. And I hate being a pesimist here but unfortunately I think that in the future all foods will contain GMOs, especially crops because of contamination via GMO seeds, as they move in the air. I am hoping they can find a way to keep this from happening but more and more.

    1. OMG…Food Inc has played a big part in how I eat today. Have you seen Vegucated? I hope you’re wrong about the future. And it doesn’t help that there is no way to avoid the politics of this subject.

  17. Sorry to hear your summer break is over! Hope you can get back into the work routine easily.
    I’m a GMO “evangelist” too- it’s something I’m passionate about. I’m going to do my best to join the twitter chat tonight!

  18. It is quite scary how much of our food is GMO. I want the right to know where my food came from. Thanks for spreading the word!

    1. Your right! It is scary. I was shocked by some of the things I’ve learned.

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