Zack Kaldveer is the assistant media director for the Yes on Prop 37 campaign. He is the former Communications Director of the Consumer Federation of California and Editor of the California Progress Report. Zack has also worked as an advocate, writer, and strategist on a diverse range of local, statewide, and national issues including environmental and economic justice, education reform, privacy rights, election integrity, corporate accountability, peace and nuclear non-proliferation, and human rights.

Prop 37: The David Versus Goliath Fight Over Our Right to Know What’s in Our Food

Zack Kaldveer

On November 6th, California voters will have a historic opportunity to reclaim our right to know what's in the food we eat from powerful special interests known for endangering our health, our environment and deceiving the public.

Proposition 37 – The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act – would simply require clear labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs). These are foods that have been artificially altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria – and are not found anywhere in nature.

Fifty countries around the world – representing more than 40% of the planet's population – already require GMO labeling, including all of Europe, Japan, India and China.

Prop 37 Solution to Walmart’s Untested, Unlabeled, Toxin Spliced Corn

As the summer winds down, family barbeques are in full swing and supermarkets are filled with shoppers searching for the right foods to grill up with friends and neighbors.

But do they really know what they’re buying? What they may not know is that Walmart has admitted it will soon start selling agrichemical giant Monsanto’s sweet corn, which has been genetically engineered with an insecticide inside it — not on the corn, but IN it.

Bt toxin works as an insecticide by disintegrating the lining of insects’ stomachs when they chomp on the corn.  So what is this doing to the bodies of adults or children who eat the corn? We don’t know.

Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods: Whose Side Are You On?

This November, California voters will have an opportunity to vote on a simple, yet important ballot initiative called Prop 37 – the California Right to Know Act. If approved, it would require food sold in California supermarkets be clearly labeled if it has been genetically engineered.

What many probably don’t yet know is there is no clearer David versus Goliath fight on this year’s ballot. On one side, is a truly grassroots people’s movement that generated over a million signatures in just 10 weeks, easily qualifying for the November ballot. On the other stands the largest anti-union, pro-pesticide, agrichemical interests in the world dedicated to saying and spending whatever it takes to hide the fact that some of our most important crops are being genetically engineered in a lab without our knowledge or consent.