GMOs ‘Organic’ Support

Tomiko Peirano

Tomiko Peirano › Tomiko has amassed decades of experience in the food industry, from her family's restaurant in Oregon's ...


As November 6th draws near, the fight over genetically modified (GM) and genetically engineered (GE) food labeling is heating up in California. It should come as no surprise that GM giant Monsanto is throwing considerable weight and money behind opposing Proposition 37. 

In the official ballot summary, Prop 37:

  • Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
  • Prohibits labeling or advertising such food, or other processed food, as “natural.”
  • Exempts foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.

What may come as a surprise are Monsanto's bedfellows in the opposition to this potentially game-changing fight in the battle for food transparency.

By virtue of their parent companies, some of the country's most widely known organic brands are fighting to keep GM and GE ingredients under wraps. 

Brands such as Kashi, Honest Tea, Cascadian Farms and Horizon Organic are part of the well-oiled corporate machine fighting Prop 37, which has raised close to $25 million in campaign funds.

In a recent article for, Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia neatly summarizes the brands that are fully behind Prop 37, and encourages readers to support them… as they support the campaign:

Dr. Bronner’s liquid and bar soaps; Nature’s Path organic cereals and cereal products; Richvale-based Lundberg Family Farms rice products; Nutiva coconut and hemp oils, etc.; Organic Valley milk; Amy’s natural and organic frozen meals; Eden Foods; Baby’s Only organic baby formula; Marshall, Calif.-based Straus Family Creamery Organic milk and cream; and Uncle Matt’s organic juices.

The Cornucopia Institute created a handy poster identifying all the major organic brands on either side of this issue. 

This is just another compelling example of how important it is for us to be fully informed about the food we buy.

The outcome of the vote in California will have a major impact on the future of food labeling throughout the country. Even if you don't live in California, you can still vote with your dollars and sense.

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