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It’s Time to Label Genetically Modified Foods

It’s Time to Label Genetically Modified Foods

Genetically modified foods and crops pose serious threats to human, animal and environmental health — but Big Ag doesn’t want you to know that.

“Genetic modification” refers to the manipulation of DNA by humans to change the essential makeup of plants and animals. The technology inserts genetic material from one species into another to give a crop or animal a new quality, such as the ability to produce a pesticide. These DNA transfers could never occur in nature and are not as precise as proponents make them sound. To learn about the many dangers of GMO foods, check out the info-packed article The Threats from Genetically Modified Foods.

Right now, there’s a fight raging in California over the issue of whether GMO foods should be labeled. Many consumers across the country have been demanding such a label for years, and Proposition 37, which is on the ballot this November, could finally make that a reality.

The Organic Consumers Association had this to say about the debate: “In the food sector, we cannot continue to hand over 90 percent of our consumer dollars to out-of-control, biotech, chemical-intensive, energy-intensive, greenhouse gas polluting corporations and ‘profit at any cost’ retail chains. The growth of the Organic Alternative is literally a matter of survival. After two decades of biotech bullying and force-feeding unlabeled and hazardous genetically engineered foods to animals and humans, it’s time to move beyond defensive measures — such as petitioning the FDA — and go on the offensive.”

Find out more about the California ballot initiative by reading An Open Letter to the Organic Community: The California Ballot Initiative to Label GMOs and Corporate Ag Spending Millions of Dollars to Fight GM Food Labeling.

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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5:34AM PST on Nov 6, 2012

People have a right to know what they are eating.

4:35AM PST on Nov 6, 2012

that picture gives me the creeps. thanks for sharing~

8:37AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Labeling food should be mandatory across the world with no exceptions. Why is this even up for debate? Because the people who don't want you to know what you are eating (or what your steak ate when it was still a cow) are the ones who fund the politician's campaigns.

9:56PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Labeling should have been done a long time ago.

10:51AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Actually, it is long overdue

1:59AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Thank you. Good Share

1:56AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Thank you. Good Share

5:15PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012


4:58PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Labeling should only be the very first step, but it's an important step!!

4:38PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012


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