WHY LABELING GMO FOODS MATTER
Genetically engineered food is chemically treated and heavily processed. Seven out of 10 foods on grocery shelves contain questionable transgenic ingredients, including pesticide residue, yet they require no label identification.
Industrially processed cows, pigs and chickens are usually fed genetically modified crops yet animal products like milk, eggs and meat do not require warning labels. Genetically engineered salmon is a reality yet it requires no identifying label.
Supporters of industrial bioagriculture claim that the World Health Organization (WHO) position is that GMO foods are safe. But that’s not accurate. The IAASTD Global Report, co-sponsored by the WHO and six other world organizations, says GMOs have NOT been proven safe. Over 100 science or health based world-wide organizations support mandatory labeling.
HELP CHANGE THE FUTURE OF FOOD
Industrial agriculture contributes to many pressing problems: toxic drift and runoff of pesticide residues and animal wastes; green house gases emitted by farms and food transport; and, a link to the decline of public health. We need a food system that values people over profit and consumers can help. To change the future of food we need solidary. Join the concerned citizens worldwide that are demanding that their countries take action. Let your legislators know that you want foods that contain transgenic ingredients clearly labelled.
More than 60 nations, including France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, India, Chile and South Africa require GE labeling on their processed shelf food. Unfortunately, meat proteins and dairy are still exempt from the practice.
In Canada and the United States, no such luck. New transgenic crops like alfalfa, lawn grass, ethanol-ready corn, 2,4 D-resistant crops as well as genetically engineered trees and animals are being fast-tracked for approval by the US government, with absolutely no independent pre-market safety-testing required, no public discussion and no labelling requirements.