May 17, 2011

14 States Want to Label GMO Foods

Do you live in one of the 14 states with legislation pending that would label GMO foods? I do. California AB 88 specifically targets GE fish, but it is a sign of consumer sentiment regarding all types of GMO food.

Unfortunately, previous attempts to label GMO food have failed. The Organic Consumers Association explains:

When questions are not misleading, every poll shows the vast majority in the US want GMOs labeled. So why don't we have labeling here in the United States? The short answer is that the FDA made policy in 1992 that stands today. Even though there is clear evidence acquired through the Freedom Of Information Act that their scientists knew about possible health problems when they officially established this position, in a letter dated April 12, 2011, they still state that they are not aware of any data that shows genetically engineered food to be any different than non-GMO food and that there is no data that suggests genetically engineered foods are not safe. They don't consider long term effect or the unknown important. End of story...

Oregon tried a labeling initiative in 2002. They were pummeled at the ballot because of a deceptive media campaign. We cannot allow that to happen again. It won't if we unite as a movement and get support from the whole country. We can expect biotech to feel threatened by this and put all their resources into fighting it. They know that what we do in CA, MI and WA will impact the whole country: this is a national issue being fought at a state level. We need the nation's support.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at May 17, 2011 5:05 PM

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