According to the Environmental Working Group, the truth is that when it comes to genetically engineered foods, there is no labeling requirement. These foods have been altered at the molecular level. They are appearing on supermarket shelves with increasing frequency – in fact, 94 percent of all U.S.-grown soybeans are genetically engineered!
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) thinks this is wrong. You have a right to know what you and your family are eating. That’s why they’ve joined forces with more than 300 organizations to launch the Just Label It campaign and tell the federal Food and Drug Administration that Americans have the right to know when they’re eating genetically engineered food. Their partners at the Just Label It campaign put together a video to spread the word about genetically engineered foods for us to watch, sign the petition, and pass it on.
The only way the FDA will act is if it hears from too many voices to ignore.
The EWG thinks consumers might choose to avoid some of these foods if they had all the information.
The issue is not just fresh produce. According to the Congressional Research Service, 60 to 70 percent of processed foods available in American grocery stores likely contain some genetically engineered ingredients. These ingredients are prevalent in many products you may buy every day, including breakfast cereals, cookies, chips, sweetened soda, frozen meals and more.
The scientific debate about the benefits and risks of genetically engineered crops will continue for a long time. Meanwhile, an entire generation will have grown up consuming them. We should all have the right to participate – or not – in this sweeping experiment with our bodies and our environment.
Several polls and surveys have found that the vast majority of Americans want genetically engineered foods to be labeled. Many other countries including Japan, Australia, the European Union and even China require labeling of genetically engineered foods. Let’s make sure the FDA gets the message that the U.S. shouldn’t be left behind. Join EWG and its 300-plus campaign partners in demanding that the FDA insist that genetically engineered foods be labeled. Click here to watch the video and sign the petition.
We all have the right to know what we are eating.