Should parents have the right to know what's in our kids' food? Absolutely, and California's Proposition 37 is a healthy start.
I wasn't always so food label conscious. When I met my husband six years ago he was a Farmer's Market aficionado while I avoided the organic cluster farm in favor of quiet trips to my local grocer and an occasional Big Mac. I told my foodie friends they could never make it unless they competed with my Big Macs on the 3 Cs - cost, convenience and comfort.
Well time went by, and they have. Now the food movement has expanded to offer competitive costs in fresh fruits and vegetables available in low-income communities, with tastier comfort food recipes. I embraced that change in food and improved my diet, but honestly didn't think much about the pharmacopeia of industrial food production until becoming pregnant with our daughter Isabella.
When pregnant, I gave up margaritas for the alcohol and tuna for the mercury - and started checking labels for organics, pesticides or allergens. Like most pregnant mothers, I looked much more carefully at what I was feeding myself because that was what I was feeding her.