Tracy volunteered tirelessly for the campaign, educating and gathering signatures for this important cause. Providing up-to-date nutrition information is one of her life goals, which is why this cause is so important to her. Californians have the right to know and choose what food they buy for their families— the Label GMOs: It’s Our Right To Know Initiative is designed to ensure that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients, aka Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are labeled clearly, similar to how food labels are currently required to list nutrition information.
GMOs are typically plant or meat products containing DNA that was artificially altered in a lab with genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, with the goal of to produce foreign compounds in that food. This practice is experimental and not found in nature. The risk of GMOs is unclear and its safety for human consumption has not been thoroughly tested. Recent studies show that GMOs can increase allergies, the risk of cancer, and other health problems, especially for children. While 50 countries around the world, including Japan and the entire European Union, have laws mandating GMOs be labeled, the United States does not have such a requirement.