We’ve got a long road ahead, but the California Senate passed proposed legislation (SB 1381) by state Sen. Noreen Evans requiring foods containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled.
On Wednesday, March 26, the Senate Committee on Health approved the bill on a 5-2 vote after Evans, D-Santa Rosa, agreed to several amendments, including that the legislation exclude alcohol products and not take effect until Jan. 1. 2016.
“I want to be very clear: This bill doesn’t ban anything,” Evans testified Wednesday. “It simply requires labeling. It’s agnostic on whether GMOs are good, or whether they are bad.”
While, Prop 37 would have banned firms from marketing any ‘processed food’ as ‘natural’ – even if it did not contain any GMOs . SB 1381, by contrast, contains no reference to natural claims, requires plaintiffs to give 60-days of notice before filing any legal action, and would only allow them to collect attorney’s fees and costs, and not damages.
It excludes certified organic foods, food served in restaurants, and meat and dairy from animals fed GE feed.
Several other states are pushing forward. You can read about it here.
On a related topic the Twain Harte Market is contacting all their vendors, they are in the process of labeling all the products on their shelves. They hope to be done sometime in June. Maybe the rest of the world won’t know what they are eating but here in Twain Harte, we will. Way to go Twain Harte Market! Kudos!
You won’t believe this…