Americans love to talk about their rights. And judging from our obesity statistics, we also love food. So why is it that we still have a food regulation system that doesn’t give us the right to know what’s in our food?
If you want to know whether or not there are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in a food product you’re about to eat, you would think you just turn the package over and read about which ingredients are genetically engineered (GE). Think again.
Currently, the FDA does not mandate that food manufacturers disclose which ingredients in their foods are genetically engineered. Not a big deal you say? It is a big deal – according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service data, the majority of corn, soy and cotton grown in the US is from GE seeds.
But I don’t eat corn, soy or cotton. Yes you do – packaged and processed and restaurant foods are full of these ingredients, in the form of corn oil, high fructose corn syrup, corn used to feed the cow you eat, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, etc.
Up until now, the only way to be sure you were not eating GE ingredients was to buy organic. But a new campaign backed by the Center for Food Safety is hoping to change things at the FDA. Their campaign at JustLabelIt.org maintains that 93% of Americans want to know what is in their food, and their petition aims to make the FDA tell you what’s in what you’re about to eat, regardless of whether it’s organic or not.
The JustLabelIt campaign hopes to gather 1,000,000 signatures by the FDA comment period end date of March 27, 2012. And according to FoodNavigator – the campaign thus far has generated more comments than any other food petition in FDA history.
If you would like to have your voice heard in the labeling comment period, submit your comment by clicking here here.