When I go grocery shopping, I like to read the labels. I like to know what I'm eating because I think it can make a huge difference in my mental and physical health. Healthy and fresh foods keeps my immune system and healing powers strong which keeps me in the game.
This label reading started about 10 years ago when I was very sick and my doctor put me on a strict low-fat diet. I started reading the labels on everything: salad dressing, cereals, crackers, pudding, chicken and anything frozen. I was really surprised by what I found but also glad that the information was there so that I could decide for myself what I wanted to buy.
When I feel healthy, I have more energy and then I feel positive, which in turn affects what I do with my life. So I try to stay away -- as much as possible -- from processed junk that is chock full and shot through with who knows what kind of chemicals and preservatives. Take a look around the next time you're in a grocery store and find out for yourself.
And while you're looking at those food labels, ask yourself this: do I want to buy food that is fresh or do I want to buy food that a company has toyed around with? Knowledge in truly power in this instance. It seems to me that if you are running a food company you want to take care of your customers. Right?
Not always. Among all the hot-button-empower-the-masses issues on state and national ballots that Americans had a chance to vote on last week, there was a West Coast issue I have been following for while that unfortunately was defeated by the voters of California: labeling genetically modified foods.
Since the measure, known as Prop 37, was defeated in California, it now means that genetically engineered foods made from plants or animals that is sold in California will continue to have no specific labeling requirements and can be displayed and sold from the shelves just like everything else. Monsanto, DuPont and Dow spent millions of dollars to defeat the measure, arguing that it would add hundreds of dollars to the average consumer's grocery bill. This time Monsanto, Dow and Dupont were successful.
But I feel strongly that the issue of labeling genetically modified foods has not died and in fact will come back stronger.
If you support the idea of transparency in food labeling, here's a link to the Environment Working Group's statement on Prop 37: