I have been complaining about companies like Monsanto and genetic modification of our corn, soy, alfalfa, for a long time. But they won’t let us label the darn foods so we can tell if we’re buying GMO. That industry uses its wealth to overwhelm the politicians into compliance. They are getting their way and the people be damned.
Now the FDA is on the brink of approving genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. This would be the first genetically engineered animal on supermarket shelves in the United States. The salmon is engineered to produce growth hormones year-round that cause the fish to grow at twice the normal rate. The government already requires labels to tell us if fish is wild-caught or farm-raised – don’t we also have a right to know if our salmon is genetically engineered? Without labels, we’ll never know.
More than forty countries, even including RUSSIA and CHINA, already require labels on genetically engineered foods. Americans deserve the same right to know what we are eating.
I just signed a petition to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that says:
“Commissioner Hamburg, we urge the FDA to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. We have a right to know about the food we eat and what we feed our families, but under current FDA regulations, we don’t have that ability when it comes to genetically engineered foods.
Polls show that more than 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling. Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare. Please listen to the American public and mandate labeling of genetically engineered foods.”
Thank you. —Sproutman, Steve Meyerowitz