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Just Label It! Campaign To Label GMO Foods

JUST LABEL IT.Credo graphic.1011.jpgThe Center for Food Safety has filed a formal legal petition with FDA demanding that the agency require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Our Co-op is joining with over 350 other organizations and businesses in the Just Label It! Campaign to direct one million comments to the FDA in support of their petition.

Sign The Petition Now

Unsuspecting consumers by the tens of millions are being allowed to purchase and consume unlabeled genetically engineered foods, despite the fact that FDA undertakes no testing of its own, instead relying only on a voluntary consultation with industry and confidential industry data to assure safety. Internal FDA documents discovered in prior CFS litigation actually indicated the foods could pose serious risks, but those views were overruled.

Go to the Just Label It! website

Currently, up to 85 percent of U.S. corn is genetically engineered, as are 91 percent of soybeans and 88 percent of cotton (cottonseed oil is often used in food products). According to industry, up to 95% of sugar beets are now GE, although the decision to commercialize GE sugar is currently under legal challenge by CFS. It has been estimated that upwards of 70 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves–from soda to soup, crackers to condiments–contain genetically engineered ingredients.

Genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in the 15 European Union nations, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries around the world. The United States is one of the only countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling of GE food!

In America, we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don’t have that choice when it comes to GE ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families. In fact, a recent poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. As ABC News stated, “Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.”

Americans have been asking Congress to pass a labeling law for more than 10 years, to no avail. It’s time to take the fight back to FDA—bigger and louder than ever before.

Please send YOUR COMMENT TO FDA in support of CFS’s petition and to President Obama in support of mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods!

 

Tell your Washington State Representatives & Senators

In addition to the national petition, you can send an e-mail directly to Sen. Maria Cantwell, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Norm Dicks urging them to help protect consumer rights. Links to their e-mail addresses are below. You can copy and paste the example letter below into your e-mail. Go here to locate legislators in your district.

 

E-mail Addresses

Sen. Maria Cantwell
Sen. Patty Murray
Rep. Norm Dicks

 

Example Letter

Dear Senator __________,

I am writing to urge the FDA to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. I have a right to know about the food I eat and what I feed my family.

In America, we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don’t have that choice when it comes to GE ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families. Labeling is essential for me to choose whether or not I want to consume or feed my family genetically engineered foods.

Genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in the 15 European Union nations, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries around the world. As an American, I firmly believe I should also have the right to know if my foods have been genetically engineered.

A recent poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. As ABC News stated, “Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.”

I hope you will listen to me and the other 93 percent of the American public who want mandatory labeling. Please show your support for the interests of the American people by labeling genetically engineered foods.

Sincerely,

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