Target: Margaret Hamburg (Commissioner of Food and Drugs) and Kathleen Sibelius (Secretary of Health and Human Services)
Goal: Force food producers to label genetically modified food by raising the Food and Drug Adminstration’s standards for food labeling.
Since their introduction in 1994, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have quickly become a hotly debated issue in the food processing industry. While the FDA has only approved GMOs in an agricultural capacity, genetically modified animals are clearly the next step. Due to the unknown risk surrounding these GMOs, the effects they would have on the food industry, and the fundamental problem of messing with nature, the FDA should require, at the very least, labeling for any product that contains GMOs.
The quality of food in this country has drastically fallen in the face of financial margins and economic demand. While GMOs provide an incredibly effective solution to food shortages and hunger issues (especially abroad), not enough research has been done concerning their effects on humans. Moreover, the fact that only large corporations can afford the science behind GMOs, they will corner the market and further industrialize the entire system if allowed to compete on the same playing field with smaller agricultural operations.
Simply put, the consumer should know, beyond any doubt, what he or she is putting into their body. If that information results in that product not selling well, so be it.
Please sign this petition and pressure the food industry to label genetically modified foods. The decision to consume GMOs should be made by the consumer, not corporate America and the Federal Government.
Dear Mrs. Hamburg and Mrs. Sibelius
The food industry is changing rapidly. Because of massive demands commercially and economically, genetically modified foods are becoming more and more common. Consequently, the FDA must hold producers to higher standards of food labeling and force producers to label any product containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Not only does more research need to be done on GMOs before they enter the market place, but also their increased presence could crumble a large section of our country’s smaller agricultural producers and further industrialize an already desensitized business.
The consumer should know beyond any doubt what they are consuming. A more complete labeling system is a simple, effective, and cheap way to make our food industry more transparent and, at the same time, our citizens more aware of what they are consuming. Help to keep Americans happy and healthy by pressuring the FDA to elevate their standards of food labeling.
[Your Name Here]
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