LabelGMOs

What Are We Eating?

Fact: GMO's have not been proven safe, and the long-term health risks on humans of genetically modified foods have not been adequately investigated.

We have a Right to Know What's in our Food

 

We Currently Eat Genetically Engineered Food, But Don’t Know It

A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature, and is experimental. The correct scientific term is "transgenics," and is also often referred to as (GE) genetically engineered.
Example: Genetically Modified corn has been engineered in a laboratory to produce pesticides in its own tissue. GMO Corn is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency as an Insecticide, but is sold unlabeled. [EPA Pesticides]
 
 

The Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods Are Unclear

Unlike the strict safety evaluations required for the approval of new drugs, the safety of genetically engineered foods for human consumption is not adequately tested. 
 
There have been NO long-term studies conducted on the safety of genetically engireed foods on humans.

The issue of GM food safety was first discussed at a meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and biotech representatives in 1990. The "substantial equivalence" concept was proposed in early 1996. The adoption of the concept of substantial equivalence allowed permission to market and sell new foods without any safety or toxicology tests as long as they were not too different in chemical composition to foods already on the market. [FDA GRAS proposal] To decide if a modified product is substantially equivalent, the product is tested by the manufacturer for unexpected changes in a limited set of variables such as toxins, nutrients or allergens that are known to be present in the unmodified food. If these tests show no significant difference between the modified and unmodified products, then no further food safety testing is required.   

 

 

Much of the World Already Requires Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods

61 countries with over 40% of the world’s population already label genetically engineered foods, including the entire European Union. China labels genetically engineered foods. California should lead on this important issue. What do these countries know that we don't?

 

A Simple Proposition for California in 2012

The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act is simple: The initiative would simply require food sold in retail outlets to be labeled if it contains genetically engineered ingredients.

 

Just Like Nutrition Facts

We didn’t use to label foods with calorie or nutritional value information, but we do now, and most consumers use this information every day. The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act simply requires food producers to also label food that contains genetically engineered ingredients.

 

No Cost to Consumers or Food Producers

The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act will have no cost impact on consumers or food producers. It simply adds a label to genetically engineered food. Companies change their labeling all the time. In an large advance poll, 75%+ of Californians said they would vote for Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods! If this initiative passes, it will be a huge step towards the transparency people deserve. Once people KNOW what is in their food, they can then make the informed choice to avoid the potential health risks of GMOs until more research on their long-term effects can be done.  

 

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  • commented 2014-12-10 12:52:08 -0800
    Always look on packaging and you will find out most foods contain genetically modified ingredients. It should be allowed. Period. http://www.ilmaisetkolikkopelit.com/
  • commented 2014-12-07 13:43:29 -0800
    Every time states try to pass laws on labeling GMO’s, they threaten to sue.
  • commented 2014-08-15 06:33:33 -0700
    Dear President Obama,
    Please label the food. My grandson has autism. My son’s girlfriend has breast cancer. Both my parents have had their Golden years stolen from them by alzheimer’s. My father died in 2011 my mother is in a secured memory unit.
    I want to know the food I am eating is real!! We are all hard working people! Good people! My father served 23 years in the Air Force. If I can not at least know what I am eating I can not control my future. Please tell me if my food has been Modified and let me choose.
    Are we not the Brave and the Free?
    I do not want to eat genetically Modified food.
    This is not asking to much! I think you are a Great President. Now rise above the pharmaceutical giants and grant us the right to control what we are living for.
    Sincerly
    Belinda Lovins
  • commented 2014-05-09 09:42:43 -0700
    To the comment about “poo fertilizer” having bacteria, so it’s not any better. GMOs are not just treated with bacteria, they are treated with lab made chemicals, designed to KILL. Everything has bacteria, there are good bacteria. Just saying Id rather my dirt have poop than cyanide…..
  • commented 2014-04-29 22:25:05 -0700
    Why the GMO food provider is not looking to add labels to the such food. This question must be answered. Everything from a small candy to the Drink have ingrediats label patsed o print with it so consumer would know that what they are eating. Government has to ask to add labels to the GMO food. http://smoothie-maker.net/ salutes your efforts.
  • commented 2014-02-25 13:14:20 -0800
    @lee P. Your skin has tons of bacteria. Your mouth has tons of bacteria. We are mostly bacteria.
  • commented 2014-01-08 19:11:15 -0800
  • commented 2013-12-31 17:45:33 -0800
    I would like foods to be labeled just so i know, cause i feel it would be interesting if most or some of the foods I eat are gmo’s. Whether or not gmos are good or bad for us probably won’t matter in the future as pollution increases all plants will be absorbing stuff that is bad for us. I believe i just read that china has 8 million acres now that are too polluted to grow food on.
  • commented 2013-12-07 06:20:44 -0800
    How do you feel about ‘organic foods’ using poo as fertilizer? SURPRISE! Poo is full of bacteria.
  • commented 2013-11-24 20:56:46 -0800
    Now we have seen number of leading brands offering appliances to preserve food in hygienic environment. But most of people are not aware by the fact that food genetics are also preferred while it comes to healthy diet talk. Number of researchers discovering new ways to produce more healthy diets for general public. But it also matters that where and how you are preserving your food.
    From: http://french-door-refrigerator.net/
  • commented 2013-11-11 12:55:34 -0800
    This is great for research and starting a campaign to effectively control the manufacture, process and sale of GMO foods. We must seek a change in the way the EPA and government gets away with literally feeding us garbage and expect great results due to financial gain.
  • commented 2013-08-01 08:06:51 -0700
    Have I said MONSANTO EVIL yet today???
  • commented 2013-06-23 12:05:39 -0700
    Wow, really opens my eyes. Now I’m more clear on what I’m feeding my family.
  • commented 2013-03-15 12:02:38 -0700
    People are such SHEEP these days…I cannot help but wonder if Grassroots organizations have a fighting chance, what with all the “evil” lobbyists there are and not 1 concern for the general population.
  • commented 2013-01-29 03:06:05 -0800
    50 countries, including Mexico and China, have required labeling of GMO foods… Why won’t the US? Oh, that’s right… Because the healthier we are, the less people the pharmaceutical companies will have to “treat”…
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  • @ArboldelaVida_ tweeted link to this page. 2012-10-22 23:05:44 -0700
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