I-522 is a Washington state initiative and concerns the labeling of genetically modified foods. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps issued a special label in support of it and the company is the single largest donor backing the initiative. Diane Fornbacher recently conducted a short phone interview with one of Ladybud’s favorite conscientious companies about their efforts to have a better world through more conscientious farming practices from seed to table.
LADYBUD: You’ve been advocating for I-522 which will label genetically modified foods in Washington state and have given over $1 million to spread awareness. Can you impart to use why this is so important for people to know about and take action?
David Bronner: GMO labeling is just the beginning but it is a crucial step. The seed industry is being bought by chemical companies that produces pesticides inside the plants people eat. Companies are reinforcing unsustainable practices. If we do not advocate for better and more responsible laws, implement organic and sustainable methods of producing food on the whole, we will have poisoned our bodies, the water…everything. In 100 years, we will be in bad shape if we do not take action now. If we do not fight for the right to know, every single food we eat is going to be genetically engineered.
LB: How can our readers help with passing I-522 and the movement to have healthier and sustainable food production?
DB: In addition to voting yes on 522, people can volunteer to phone bank, financially contribute to the effort, contact state representatives to make them hear from people at the grassroots level. Make informed decisions at the grocery store, really pay attention to the ingredients in food that you are consuming and feeding to your families. Make empowered decisions. Do not buy cheap, processed food. There are too many hidden costs to make it worth it.
Other ways you can help are by reducing over-reliance with your favorite companies that do not have fair trade or sustainable practices. Really try to shop at the local farmers markets or join a co-op. Vote with your dollars and reward farmers for doing the right thing. Support them in any way that you can if they are producing quality foods. If we do this, we can have better fuel for our bodies and a better world. A complete ban might not work but labeling foods that have GMOs will inform people and change their minds.