Speak up about Genetically Modified (GMO) Food

The United States is the top producer of genetically-modifed food crops in the world

The United States is behind the rest of much of the world.

Not in everything, to be sure, but in enough of the things that matter – green innovation and environmental regulations to name a few. There is one other critical category where  we’re behind the curve – food labeling for genetically-modified (GMO) food products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in 2009 announced that labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods would be voluntary. Around that same timeframe, the European Union (EU) established mandatory food labeling for all GM foods sold in stores. In the eleven years since these policies and recommendations took place, no US-based food company has taken up the standard to inform consumers of their use of gmo food crops.

The prevalence of GE crops in the U.S. is shockingly high.

  • At least 91 percent of our entire soybean crop
  • Over 85 percent of our corn
  • Over 90 percent of our nation’s cotton
  • More than 90 percent of our entire sugar cane crop

These are just some of the genetically-engineered food crops grown in the U.S.

Although the majority of these aren’t directly available to consumers as simple food products, they are present in over 80 percent of  all processed foods that we consumer.

The United States holds the dubious distinction of being the largest producer of genetically engineered foods in the world.  The issue here may or may not be in regards to health risks – the data on this is slowly coming to the foreground. The real issue of concern is that consumers are uninformed and thus unable to make decisions based on what they believe will be in their best interest for themselves and their families’ health and welfare.

The FDA  and Congress continue to allow this situation to lag behind the rest of the world. But the right to be informed is a critical one, and one not to be ignored or made light of.

Today, The Center for Food Safety has organized a virtual rally for The Right to Know.  They are urging citizens throughout the U.S. to contact their Congresspersons via email to make their voices heard on this important issue. The right to speak up for what you want and believe is fundamental. The right to access to vital information upon which you determine what foods are healthy for your family is equally important.

So take a moment today – or whenever you read this post – to email your congressional representatives and let them know that you want mandatory food labeling for GM or GE foods. Agri-business says that this kind of labeling would be burdensome, cost jobs, be too expensive – all the usual smoke and mirrors that big business and lobbying groups trot out when they are fighting new regulations they don’t want to invest in voluntarily.

Speak up anyway. It’s the one right we all have that, when exercised, can make a real difference in a big way.

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  1. […] and Ben & Jerry’s have been key allies in the effort to win mandatory labeling of GMOs in his home state of […]

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