We need better product labeling. Right now. Period. As we focused on with Day 3 of PGC: LABELING, all of us must become educated, demand to know what is in our products, and force better and safer formulations and practices across the board. Check on this brilliant new campaign: JUST LABEL IT! In their own words…
A recent study shows that 93% of Americans support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Yet for 20 years we have been denied that right. While our reasons for wanting to know what’s in our food may vary, what unifies many of us is the belief that it’s our right to know. Without labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, we cannot make informed choices about the food we eat. The Just Label It: We Have a Right to Know campaign was created to advocate for the labeling of GE foods.
A legal petition calling for the mandatory labeling of GE foods, written by attorneys at the Center for Food Safety, was submitted in September to the FDA. It was created on the premise that people have a right to know what is in their food, and to give consumers not only a voice, but a choice in how they can take action. The FDA will take public comments on the petition. The FDA carefully considers official comments from the public when drawing upon a final ruling.
Hundreds of partner organizations representing the healthcare community, consumer advocates, farmers, concerned parents, environmentalists, food and farming organizations, businesses, the faith-based community, and many more concerned with protecting the consumer’s right to know have joined together in support of the FDA petition and the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.
We hope to raise awareness of this issue, drive consumers to submit comments to the FDA and let Washington know that Americans want labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Let’s flood the FDA with comments so they know that the public wants labeling of GE foods! Take action here.
The Just Label It Campaign was initiated by Organic Voices which was started in the spring of 2011 when a group of organic stakeholders met in Washington, DC to discuss the contamination threat posed by genetically engineered crops to organic farming.
- ■Laura Batcha, The Organic Trade Association*
- ■Joan Boykin, The Organic Center
- ■Ken Cook. The Environmental Working Group*
- ■Steve Crider, Amy’s Kitchen
- ■Mike Ferry, Horizon Organic/Silk
- ■Nancy Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm*
- ■Liana Hoodes, National Organic Coalition
- ■Missy Hughes, Organic Valley
- ■Margaret Mellon, Union of Concerned Scientists
- ■Robyn O’Brien, The AllergyKids Foundation
- ■Maria Rodale, Rodale Institute and Rodale Inc
- ■Robynn Shrader, National Cooperative Grocers Association
- ■Rebecca Spector, Center for Food Safety
- ■Maureen Wilmot, Organic Farming Research Foundation
Initial funding for the Campaign has come from:
- ■Amy’s Kitchen
- ■Annie’s Homegrown
- ■Aurora Organic Dairy
- ■Clif Bar Family Foundation
- ■Honest Tea
- ■Lundberg Family Farm
- ■National Cooperative Grocers Association
- ■Organic Valley
- ■Stonyfield Farm
- ■White Wave/Horizon Organic Dairy
And check out all of the brilliant partners!!!