Thursday, April 18, 2013

Labels for Genetically Modified Food

Although the "Monsanto Protection Act" passed, some elected officials are still trying to defend our right to know when we're eating genetically modified substances we might prefer not to eat. Here's the e-mail from Food Democracy Now:

"In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA policy, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families. But thanks to your tireless support, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will introduce new Federal legislation next week that would require the labeling of all genetically engineered (GE) foods; the first labeling bill to be introduced in the Senate in over a decade!
Tell your Senators and Representative to Co-Sponsor the GE food labeling bill!

Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. Sixty-four countries have mandatory labeling policies for GE foods including South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, South Africa, Australia, the the European Union, and many others. The U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling. Yet there is overwhelming public demand—consistently near 95%—for the labeling of GE foods. Already in 2013, 53 GE labeling bills have been introduced in 26 states, including Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont, with more expected by year’s end.
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