Proposition 37 Research Paper

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Tatiana Popovic English M01A November 16, 2012 Proposition 37, 2012 Proposition 37 is a measure that “amends and adds sections to the Health and Safety Code” (Harris, Taylor and Boyer-Vine). This measure would put labels on the foods that we shop for in the grocery markets, informing us whether or not the foods are genetically modified. The purpose of Proposition 37, as stated in the measure, is “to create and enforce the fundamental right of the people of California to be fully informed about whether the food they purchase and eat is genetically engineered and not misbranded as natural so that they can choose for themselves whether to purchase and eat such foods” (Harris, Taylor and Boyer-Vine). In reading Proposition 37, along with…show more content…
Some attention has been brought to the dangers of consuming GM foods by a French study finding a link between GMOs and tumors (Gucciardi). Since this study, France and other countries have banned both the importation and use of Monsanto’s GMO corn (Gucciardi). In this two-year long study done in France, rats were fed Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn to evaluate the long term health effects (Mercola). The female rats developed large mammary tumors, whereas the male rats developed noticeable tumors along with damaged livers and kidneys (Mercola). Both sexes died two to three times earlier than the standard controlled rats (Mercola). These negative effects were caused by a combination of the over expression of the transplanted gene in the GMO, and the endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup (Mercola). The endocrine system consists of glands that are responsible for secreting hormones into the bloodstream. Taking a look at the fact that massive tumors developed in female rats’ mammary glands links breast cancer to the consumption of GM foods. I think that people have a right to know if what they are eating has been genetically altered, and grown in pesticide drenched…show more content…
I had no idea what GMOs were, or even that I was eating them on a daily basis. There is already a ton of information that tie GMOs to a whole plethora of problems. The research that has already taken place is rather recent information. Hopefully more extensive studies will begin to take place on the health effects that GMOs have on humans, and the possible ties that link GMOs to various cancers and other diseases. Human health alone is not the full extent of the problems related to genetically engineered foods. The effects that the pesticides have on our environment are also a major concern. Dangerous toxins are excreted into our water supply. That alone should be enough to raise some eyebrows, but there’s still even more. Large companies have totally neglected any responsibility to what is best for the common good, and have greedily taken advantage of our capitalist country to increase their own personal wealth at the expense of others. It is my hope that the people in the United States become aware of what is going on in the food industry, weigh out the cons with the pros, and then take some action to help force the food companies to have GMO labels. Vote “yes” on Proposition

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