Move to Label GMO Foods Is Alive and Well

by Sandy Todd Webster on Feb 01, 2013

Food for Thought

California’s Proposition 37, which sought mandatory labeling of all GMO (genetically modified organism) food, was defeated in the November 2012 elections with major influence from a ~$45 million anti-37 campaign underwritten by Monsanto®, a company with enormous investment in GMO technology and products.

However, in late November, this grassroots movement grabbed new traction when healthcare titan Kaiser Permanente® published an article in its Northwest Fall 2012 Partners in Health e-newsletter suggesting that members limit consumption of GMO products. Kaiser is one of the nation’s largest not- for-profit health plans, serving more than 9 million members.

The article, written by a Kaiser nutritionist and headlined “What You Need to Know About GMOs,” cites that “despite what the biotech industry might say, there is little research on the long-term effects of GMOs on human health.” The author offers several tips about which foods commonly contain GMOs; the food and product alternatives that exist; and other clues that unlabeled food might offer regarding origin.

“GMOs have been added to our food supply since 1994, but most people don’t know it because the United States does not require labeling of GMOs,” writes the nutritionist, who describes studies that show significant physical damage caused by GMOs.

What are your thoughts about GMO labeling on foods? Share your view with editor in chief Sandy Todd Webster: swebster@ideafit.com.

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Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster IDEA Author/Presenter

Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.