Prop. 37′s defeat was a disappointment to those of us who value the right to know and who care about the quality of our food, our health and the environment. It remains up to us to do our homework, ask questions and stay informed so we can make good choices while shopping.
One of the simplest things we can do is support those brands, corporations and stores that support the right to know – and think twice about whether we really want to support those that oppose it. The Cornucopia Institute’s Prop. 37 donor posters are a fine reference:
There are a number of good shopping guides out there, such as this one from the Center for Food Safety and the Institute for Responsible Technology. There are also many good online resources for finding quality, GMO-free foods and other products both here in Northern California and nationally:
- Local Choices offers info on farmers’ markets here in the Central Valley, while the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association lists markets around the San Francisco Bay Area. Though not all vendors deal in organics, a great many do – and, of course, you can speak directly to those who grew the food and learn as much as you care to know about how it was raised.
- To find local food elsewhere in the state, use the directory provided by the California Federation of Certified Farmers’ Markets.
- Of course, farmers’ markets aren’t your only option. Local Harvest is a directory of family farms, CSA programs, restaurants and other sources of local, organic food.
- Likewise, the Eat Well Guide can help you find sellers of local, sustainably raised food across the US and Canada. Listings range from farms to restaurants to bakers, butchers and stores.
- For finding non-GMO foods and products of all sorts, the Institute for Responsible Technology‘s Non-GMO Shopping Guide is a terrific resource.
- Finally, there’s the Good Guide, which features an even wider array of products, with ratings to separate the truly green from the greenwashed.
There is one good thing that’s come out of the fight over Prop. 37: more people than ever are aware of issues around GMOs and the power of agribusiness and the food industry. That progress is nicely illustrated by this infographic just released by the Non-GMO Project:
Of course, if you have a rebellious, culture-jamming streak, you could always start labeling it yourself…