A legal petition has been filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The petition is calling for the FDA to label genetically engineered foods.
Genetically engineered (GE) foods, also referred to as genetically modified, or GMOs, are the foods that have been altered unnaturally, at the molecular level. One stark example is how the genes of the flounder fish have been mixed into tomatoes so that the tomato would be resistant to cold temperatures.
A large majority of the meat in the U.S. is raised on GMO feed, therefore causing the meat to contain GMOs. Also, the majority of processed foods contain GMOs. This is due to the fact that corn and soy are the two most prevalent genetically engineered crops and they are used in most processed foods and animal feeds.
Currently, the FDA does not require any package labeling of GMOs. Consumers have no choice when it comes to the ingredients in the foods they purchase; they may be feeding their family GMOs, there’s no way for them to know.
The practice of GMOs is still relatively new and studies lean both directions in regard to the safety and health of humans consuming GMOs. Regardless where the studies fall, this is more of an issue of rights than anything else. How can it be legal to forbid us from knowing what we’re putting into our bodies?
Labeling puts the choice in the consumer’s hands, not the government. Label requirements exist in many places around the world including Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and 15 European Union nations. However, citizens of “the land of the free” don’t get the opportunity to know what they’re eating currently.
A recent ABC poll gathered that 93 percent of the American public wants the feds to make the labeling of GMOs mandatory. The news network even stated that the near unanimous opinion is rare.
It is rare to see so many come together in agreement, that high percentage speaks volumes for how that public feels about this topic. Even if one chooses to pollute their body with highly processed fast food, the stark facts about fat and calories are posted on the restaurant wall. Why isn’t this the case for GMOs? We have a right to know what we’re eating.
Let your government hear you. Sign the petition and tell the FDA to “Just Label It!”