Why is voting on Prop 37 important to California surfers? It all began when farmers moved away from traditional farming. Farmers used to rotate their crops and this helped control the insects and kept the soil rich and full of nutrients. Today, most of the soil our food is planted in is depleted of nutrients and full of chemicals.
This is where it gets scary. The Monsanto laboratories invented seeds (Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs) that create their own small pesticide factory within the seed. Weeds and pests die when sprayed while the “edible” plant survived. How convenient and profitable for the same company that sells both the GMO seeds and the pesticide marketed under the name RoundUp.
And now, farms have rows and rows of one single crop called mono crops. Airplanes then dump thousands of pounds of pesticides to control the pests and weeds. These toxic chemicals run off the land and into our waterways. The waterways dump into the ocean – the same ocean where we spend our lives surfing in.
61 countries including all of Europe, Russia, China label GMO’s. And some countries outright ban them. In California, we now have the power to change the landscape of our farms and the grocery store shelves. Prop 37 requires food companies to label their food if it contains any GMOs.
As a consumer, you will now know exactly what is inside the food you are eating. And as a surfer, you can reduce the amount of toxic pesticide runoff at your local break.
If you love the ocean and transparency in our food labeling, please vote YES on Prop 37.
Kristen Buchanan C.N.
Founder of The GoodOnYa Bar, Surfer and Non GMO activist.