More than 100 chefs have voiced their support for California GMO labeling initiative Proposition 37 via a ‘chef’s petition’ set up by Alice Waters, chef, author, and proprietor of Berkeley-based restaurant Chez Panisse.
The Chefs’ Petition in Support of Prop 37 states: “As chefs, we are on the frontlines of feeding America and we have an enormous stake in ensuring transparency in our food system…
“However, we can’t prepare the best food we know how when information about the ingredients we purchase is hidden from us with labels that are missing basic facts. This includes foods that are genetically engineered or contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).”
While Proposition 37 does not require restaurants to label their food as genetically engineered, it provides chefs the ability to knowingly source ingredients made without GMOs, noted Waters, who is vice president of Slow Food International and the author of eight books.
She added: “On November 6th, the future of food is at stake at the ballot box… this is our moment to do something really important for everyone on this planet…. People around the world are watching to see how we respond.”
Award-winning chefs from some of the nation’s top restaurants have added their names to the petition, including: Dan Barber, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns; Mario Batali, Babbo, Del Posto, Esca; Cat Cora; Joyce Goldstein; Deborah Madison; Jacques Pépin; Charles Phan, Slanted Door, Out the Door, and Wo Hing General Store; Nora Pouillon, Restaurant Nora; Elisabeth Pruiett and Chad Robertson, Tartine and Bar Tartine; Andrea Reusing, Lantern Restaurant; Barton Seaver; Bill Telepan, Telepan, said Waters.
Click here to read more about the petition.