One million reasons to label genetically engineered foods… literally

Congratulations to Just Label It (JLI), which just surpassed 1,000,000 signatures asking the FDA to label genetically engineered foods. Just Label It is a national coalition of 500 diverse organizations dedicated to the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, also referered to as genetically modified, or GMOs. In less than 180 days the group compiled a record number of public comments.

To build on the million signatures, the JLI folks today also revealed national survey results showing that more than nine out of 10 Americans support the labeling of genetically engineered food. Not 9 out of 10 Republicans, or Democrats or Independents. Americans in general are showing overwhelming support for GMO labeling, and that’s some pretty encouraging news.

Check out the infographic below for more details on what the survey was able to capture, and congrats again to Just Label It:

2 Responses to “One million reasons to label genetically engineered foods… literally”

  1. Mimou says:

    D’oh! I just read The Importance of Bill C-474 and see that Canadian organic conenrcs are very similar to US organic conenrcs. Complete with the whole silly claim that RR alfalfa will decimate organic farmers nevermind that alfalfa is mostly harvested before flowering. It’s clear to me that an organic farmer concerned about cross pollination could just harvest before seed set and their forage would be non-GM. Similar to sugar beets, the only problem would be making sure that seed production of GM and non-GM were kept separate but those sorts of precautions have to be taken anytime seed of a specific variety is desired, so all those protocols are known and already used by seed producers (if they don’t use these precautions then their seed won’t be able to be certified as purely of the desired variety).This quote is great: “We can’t allow Monsanto’s GM seeds to destroy the livelihoods of farmers and jeopardize the future of organic farming.” Apparently Lucy Sharratt has never heard of other companies large and small including Canadian ones like Okanagan Specialty Fruits that are working on GM traits or government funded research. And apparently she hasn’t talked to any farmers who would like the choice to use GM traits. And she doesn’t know much about crop biology either.Another quick note about the article It’s a huge mystery as to just how the genetically-modified flax seeds resurfaced after a decade to contaminate the exports. Except that there’s a very obvious hypothesis a few farmers didn’t turn in all the seed like they were supposed to. The GM trait was probably there all along at low levels but was never tested for. It’s so frustrating. I think I’ve written a blog post for just about every mistaken thing in that article. Anyway, I suppose at least in Canada there is an effort to force the govt to consider economic impact by regulation. In law suit happy US everyone’s just suing. Sigh.

  2. Jarod Ballentine says:

    Thanks for the perspective, Marisa. Hopefully we can all agree that giving people a choice through a standard labeling program is a good first step.

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