If you live in California, check out this grassroots movement called Label GMOs aimed at earning a place on the 2012 ballot to require food companies to label genetically engineered food. A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered at the molecular level in a lab, usually by genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature. There is a great concern that these foods can cause health problems, particularly because the FDA does not require companies to prove that their genetically engineered products are safe. THERE ARE NO LONG TERM STUDIES OF THE EFFECTS ON HUMANS. Click on the above link to find out how you can sign the petition, just like I did this week at a local library.
Consumers have the right to know what’s in the food we buy, eat and feed our children. Calories, fat content, and water are listed as ingredients. The same goes for whether our meat, dairy, fruits or vegetables have been genetically altered.
A national effort, separate from the California one, is also taking place. A formal petition for labeling GMO ingredients has been filed with the FDA and needs one million comments. Visit www.justlabelit.org/takeaction and make sure your right to informed choice is heard on a national level.