Near the end of February, Occupy Wall Street launched an event called “Occupy Your Food Supply.” As my way of participating, I posted an article called “Let’s Occupy Our Food Supply By Labeling GMOs.”
In it, I pointed out that instead of protecting us from the dangerous, untested, contaminant known as “genetically modified organisms“, our government has welcomed it into our food supply. Allowing biotech companies like Monsanto to profit while putting the health of every single American at risk.
A 2010 Thomson Reuters PULSE Healthcare Survey poll found that 93 percent of US consumers support the labeling of GMOs. Despite these findings, and President Obama’s promise during his presidential campaign to push for labeling, the US government has refused to allow labels for GMO food to appear on grocery shelves in America.
In doing so, the government has denied us the right to control what we eat. They are forcing us to take part in a sick experiment that scientific research already shows will end badly. So it’s time to push back.
Label It Yourself (#LIY) is a decentralized, autonomous grassroots campaign born out of our broken food system. “We have been asking our government to label food products so we can make educated decisions about what we eat,” write its participants. “The government has ignored our requests and so we are taking matters into our own hands.”
The LIY website provides all the resources necessary to print your own GMO warning labels, as well as a guide to identifying foods that contain genetically engineered components.
“Using LIY’s resources, we encourage people to: autonomously label GMOs and empower others to do so, rescue words like “All Natural” and “Natural Flavors” from being hijacked, expose unfair labor practices, reads the official website. “We have a right to know what is in our food and where it is coming from.
“The Label It Yourself campaign is not intended to disparage anyone’s personal food choices. It is about bringing attention to the lack of transparency on the part of corporations and our government when it comes to the food we buy and eat. In order for us to make informed decisions about the food we put in our bodies, we need to know what’s in it and how it’s produced!”
If you’re tired of watching your neighbors and loved ones unknowingly consume food products that are known to cause infertility, birth defects, allergies, and digestive problems, visit the LIY site and learn more about how you can take action in your local grocery store.
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