GMO labeling debuts July 1: a victory for the little guy
“I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.” —Watty Piper, The Little Engine That Could.
In an earlier blog posted here, we championed the bravery and fortitude the state of Vermont endured for a GMO mandatory labeling law, which goes into effect July 1. The result has been gigantic in relation to the fact that Vermont, which ranks 43rd in size among the 50 United States, is the little state that could when all others refused to climb the mountain.
This is not to say that other states are not fighting for the right to know what is in our food. But rather, this act of bravado needs to be acknowledged as such—a little engine who thinks it can.
If we scale it down, the GMO labeling law is simple: our right to know what is in our foods.
If we make it political or emotional the fight turns ugly and nasty, causing sides to throw insult at whoever tries to challenge their position. I prefer to stick to the basics. We all sit down at the table three times daily to eat. Don’t you agree we have a right to know what is in that food when we pull up our chair to eat? I prefer not to guess.
But to me there is an even bigger soapbox to stand on. This is a gentle reminder that sometimes the little guy has the power just as much, if not more, to win the fight. Big corporations and political pressure can come at anyone with a forceful blow. But to me the little guy who stands—shaking on the inside—but ever so fierce and brave on the outside will prevail. A little engine who thinks it can.
In 17 days, Vermont’s GMO labeling law goes into effect. Big food companies are scrambling out of fear that this will cause complete chaos to our food system.
Others however have taken a different approach: acceptance.
Big food companies Campbell’s Soup Co., General Mills, Kellogg’s and others have resigned and begun to label their products. I have not witnessed chaos in my community, have you?
Perhaps we need to remind ourselves of the old saying: if you can’t beat ’em: join ’em or tell ourselves—”I know I can.”
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