Target: President Obama
Goal: Stop bill that would restrict states’ rights to label GMO foods.
Under the deceptively titled ‘Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,’ companies like Monsanto would be able to secretly put GMOs in our food without labeling. Big food corporations, like Monsanto, are worried that labeling GMO food will make people less inclined to purchase their food. Monsanto, the company most known for its deadly pesticides, is a huge front runner in GMO (genetically modified organism) technology and this act would stop those states that already have GMO required labeling laws from being able to label the GMO food. Even in response to 90 percent of American’s desire to label GMO foods from our diets, big food companies want to make the approval process for GMOs even easier to conduct and to completely stop labeling GMO food. This means that, when we are shopping at our local grocery stores, we won’t be able to tell if the food we’re buying and eating is genetically modified and potentially dangerous to our health. We must stop this bill, coined “Monsanto’s Dream Bill,” before it passes.
Let’s go over some basic GMO facts. GMO foods are scantily tested. The FDA doesn’t do any testing themselves but accepts the shallow tests that the producers of the GMOs give them. The people who are trying to make money off the GMO’s are the only ones responsible for the testing. The FDA has been known to accept as few as six tests to approve a GMO food. This means that not only do we have no idea how the GMO foods will affect us in the long run, but we are also being manipulated by the FDA’s choice to conduct as little research as possible to label something as “food.”
GMO foods are known to have an increase in allergen and hormone levels, an increase in toxicity, and a resistance to antibiotics, among other health hazards. As if the risks to human health weren’t enough, the chemicals and procedures used to produce GMO foods are incredibly detrimental to our environment’s health as well. We must take a stand to fight against the opaque policies surrounding our food. It has been said that whoever controls our food controls our bodies. By signing this petition, you are taking a step to take back that control. We must take action to stop “Monsanto’s Dream Bill” from passing.
Dear President Obama,
Ninety percent of Americans want GMO foods labeled. This percentage should be enough to encourage you to reject the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.
Let us be clear. The significance of this decision is not whether or not we should ban GMOs. It is regarding whether or not we should have the right to know what foods we are eating. Because the tests conducted by GMO food companies are so scant and so few, many of us are not comfortable risking our health and our planet’s health.
It is outrageous that the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act actually serves to take away mandatory GMO labeling procedures. We refuse to be manipulated by big food corporations that want to trick us into buying GMO food by keeping in unlabeled. We demand to know what foods or pollutants we are putting into our own bodies. Please reject this act immediately so that American citizens are fully aware of the food that they choose to buy and eat.
[Your Name Here]
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