Target: US Congress
Goal: Stop the Grocery Manufacturers Association from enacting a dishonest food labeling system
The Center for Food Safety recently reported that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has proposed a bill that would prevent states from passing mandatory labeling laws and allow genetically engineered foods to be labeled as “safe” and “natural.” This bill presents yet another obstacle in the fight for food safety and ingredient awareness.
Polls consistently show that over 90% of Americans would like GMO labeling on food products. Despite the overwhelming approval, such bills have been rejected from state to state thanks to dishonest and demanding food manufacturers. It is a known fact that the US is sorely behind in this area of food safety regulation. Most other developed nations already have food label requirements in place.
The GMA wants labeling to be an optional state decision. Since GMO labeling is already a company option and most choose not to label, this bill would change nothing except to provide the GMA with more tactics for false advertising. No one knows if genetically modified foods are safe, but we know for a fact that they are not natural. Thus the GMA is essentially trying to pass a bill that would enable them to lie on food labels.
Many, like Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Peter DeFazio, are already fighting to keep the GMA’s unreasonable plans from becoming a reality. Join in and tell Congress that what we eat should be a personal decision, not a federal one.
Allowing the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) to further loosen the laws on genetically modified food labels would be both irresponsible and an infringement on consumers’ rights.
The safety of genetically engineered food is often researched and coordinated in-house, meaning biased food companies can influence the outcome of the study results while the FDA takes their word for it. Therefore, allowing these products to be labeled as “natural” and “safe” is simply misleading and unethical.
While the majority of developed nations already require GMO labeling, the US is now considering a bill that will make GMO labeling even less likely. The United States is lagging far behind in food safety regulations, and is thus barring its citizens from making informed decisions.
Companies like the GMA should not able to use money and power to create obstacles against the health and freedom of Americans. Please prevent this issue from going even further in the wrong direction and reject the GMA’s proposal for an “anything goes” food labeling policy.
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