Target: First Lady Michelle Obama
Goal: Create clearer nutrition labels for consumers
New legislation has been proposed that would update food labels, making them more accurate and easier to understand. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is already working on the project, the GMA has expressed strong opposition to the addition of an “added sugar” line on labels. Consumers should adamantly support this project to ensure that there is no interference.
The Obama administration along with the FDA announced the proposal in February, marking the first major nutrition label changes in 20 years. Michelle Obama explained the reasoning behind the project saying, “Unless you had a thesaurus, a microscope, a calculator or a degree in nutrition, you were out of luck. So you felt defeated, and you just went back to buying the same stuff.”
The labeling project would increase serving sizes to more realistic amounts. For example instead of only 8 ounces of soda, a personal bottle would list the entire bottle’s nutritional information because that is what’s likely to be consumed. There would also be a separate line that lists added, and often unnatural sugars. This could be an eye-opening change for those who do not look closely at food labels, or fail to understand the cryptic additives in the ingredient list. Individuals would feel more capable of providing healthy food for their families. Sign this petition to show support for honest and straightforward nutrition labels.
Dear Michelle Obama,
I support the proposal to create clearer nutrition labels for consumers. While manufacturers may be against this, clear labels are needed so that we can eat healthy without having to spend hours extensively researching foods.
Although a small change, it is a step in the right direction for consumer awareness. This change would help citizens feel more able to advocate for their own health. Parents could feel more in control of their childrens’ eating habits without having to stare at labels and decipher what they really mean. In an age where degenerative and preventable diseases are rampant, changes like this are well worth the time and effort. Overall, this would empower more people to take responsibility for their eating habits. It would also hold food companies accountable for unhealthy products.
Food companies who are rejecting this proposal have a conflict of interest and should not be permitted to stand in the way of consumer health and knowledge. Please update nutrition labels to better represent the content of food products.
[Your Name Here]
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