There has been a lot of talk lately about the importance of GMO labeling and what exactly GMOs are. As the Label GMOs movement has progressed, I’ve learned more and more information that I think is some great information to pass on.
- Trader Joe’s private label products are made with non-GMO ingredients, and Whole Foods already labels their products as non-GMO or GMO as applicable. There are also a few great resources on GMO-free shopping such as Non-GMO Shopping Guide (they also have a free iPhone app!) and the Institute for Responsible Technology.
- Norwegian scientists have linked GMOs to obesity.
- This is a great list of the top 10 genetically engineered foods to avoid.
What I’m greatly concerned about, though, is this:
There is an Agricultural Appropriations bill on which America’s largest biotech agricultural firm/the largest producer of GMO seeds has slipped a rider (a rider is a provision tacked onto a bill that’s typically only vaguely related to the actual bill to which it’s connected) which would force the Secretary of Agriculture to allow the planting and cultivation of GMOs without completing an Environmental Impact Statement, even if the federal court had previously ordered planting to be halted until said EIS’ completion. This effectively allows this company to circumvent regulatory safeguards put in place to protect our country’s food supply.
As of today, the petition to stop these riders is less than 3000 signatures away from their goal of 200,000 signatures. If you feel moved by this issue or are in any way concerned with what you and your family eat, I strongly encourage you to sign the petition to stop these riders. No company should be above the law, especially not when it affects what goes into a person’s body.
To keep learning more, visit CARightToKnow.org and find out how you can get involved.