Label GMO Foods

IN THE DARK — The U.S. remains one of only two industrialized countries without mandatory GMO labeling. While some major grocery stores, like Whole Foods, have committed to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients, labeling GMO foods shouldn’t be the exception—it should be the law.

THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT WE’RE EATING

We require manufacturers to list ingredients and other nutrition information on food packaging. We now use this information to make responsible food choices. More than 60 countries, including the entire European Union, already require GMO labeling, but in the U.S., consumers are still denied this basic information. Whether or not you are concerned about GMOs, the choice of whether to eat them belongs to the consumer.

CONCERNS ABOUT GMOS

Most of the food available on store shelves contains genetically modified ingredients—and it’s not without risk. Crops that are genetically modified are designed for increased pesticides and herbicides, which have been linked to serious health impacts. The American Medical Association recommends mandatory pre-market safety testing of GMOs but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to rely on voluntary safety assessments using industry data.

WE CAN BEAT BIG AG

Monsanto and other giant agribusinesses are spending millions to oppose labeling efforts—Big Ag and other food giants have spent more than $75 million against labeling initiatives in Oregon, Colorado, Washington and California. But we can overcome Big Ag: polls show that more than 90 percent of the public supports labeling GMOs. Connecticut, Maine, and Vermont all passed GMO labeling laws. With people increasingly concerned about food choices and taking charge of their health, it is time to pass a GMO food labeling law in Massachusetts.


Testimonies for Transparency:
Massachusetts Legislative GMO Labeling Leaders

 
Thank you to the following legislators for submitting photo testimonies.
Senators: Michael Barrett, Harriette Chandler, Cynthia Creem, Sal DiDomenico, Kenneth Donnelly, Benjamin Downing, James Eldridge, Ryan Fattman, Jennifer Flanagan, Robert Hedlund, Donald Humason, Patricia Jehlen, Brian Joyce, Eric Lesser, Jason Lewis, Barbara L'Italien, Joan Lovely, Mark Montigny, Michael Moore, Kathleen O'Connor Ives, Bruce Tarr, Dan Wolf
Representatives: Brian Ashe, Cory Atkins, Ruth Balser, Jennifer Benson, Nicholas Boldyga, Paul Brodeur, Antonio Cabral, Edward Coppinger, Brendan Crighton, Claire Cronin, Daniel Cullinane, Mark Cusack, Josh Cutler, Michael Day, Marjorie Decker, Angelo D'Emilia, Marcos Devers, Geoffrey Diehl, Stephen DiNatale, Daniel Donahue, Paul Donato, Michelle DuBois, James Dwyer, Carolyn Dykema, Lori Ehrlich, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Michael Finn, Carole Fiola, Gloria Fox, William Galvin, Sean Garballey, Denise Garlick,  Susan Williams Gifford, Thomas Golden, Kenneth Gordon, Jonathan Hecht, Paul Heroux, Bradford Hill, Steven Howitt, Bradley Jones, Louis Kafka, Jay Kaufman, Mary Keefe, Peter Kocok, Robert Koczera, Stephen Kulik, John Lawn, David Linsky, Jay Livingstone, Mark Madaro, Timothy Madden, Elizabeth Malia, Brian Mannal, Paul Mark, Christopher Markey, Joseph McGonagle, Paul McMurtry, James Miceli, Aaron Michlewitz, Rady Mom, Frank Moran, Michael Moran, David Nangle, Sarah Peake, Thomas Petrolati, Smitty Pignatelli, Elizabeth Poirier, Denise Provost, Angelo Puppolo, Jeffrey Roy, Byron Rushing, John Scibak, Frank Smizik, Todd Smola, Ellen Story, Timothy Toomey, Paul Tucker, Aaron Vega, John Velis, RoseLee Vincent, Chris Walsh, Susannah Whipps Lee

Issue updates

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health, Health Care

Consumer Groups Call for Much Needed RX Drug Reforms

MASSPIRG calls on lawmaker to pass RX drug transparency and anti price gouging bill. Releases new report in drug costs driving increases in health care premiums.

> Keep Reading
News Release | U.S. PIRG | Financial Reform

Statement On CFPB's Rule Restoring Rights To Take Wrongdoers To Court

Financial wrongdoers have long used mandatory arbitration clauses buried in small-print, take-it-or-leave-it contracts to prevent consumers from banding together to have their day in court. Our statement on the CFPB's important new rule restoring consumer rights to join class actions follows.

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Consumer Protection

TIPS TO STAY SECURE ONLINE | Jeanne Foy

Staying vigilant online in the face of growing cyberattacks.  

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Public Health, Food

EPA’s Pruitt Met with Dow Prior to Favorable RulingDev GowdaKara Cook-Schultz

On March 31st, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that his agency would deny a petition to ban the dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos from being sprayed on food. He announced this decision despite EPA scientists’ earlier findings that concluded that chlorpyrifos, which is manufactured by Dow Chemical, can harm brain development of fetuses and infants after ingesting even small amounts. The news that the EPA would continue to allow the spraying of chlorpyrifos alarmed doctors and other public health officials, but what’s even more interesting is that according to several recent Freedom of Information Act requests, Pruitt met with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris at a Houston hotel just twenty days prior to making his controversial decision.

> Keep Reading
News Release | MASSPIRG

MASSPIRG Commends AG Maura Healey For Improved Credit Scores For 12 Million Consumers

As of July 1, the nation’s Big 3 credit bureaus remove often-inaccurate public record judgements and tax liens from credit reports. The actions are estimated to result in credit score increases of 20-40 points for 12 million consumers.

> Keep Reading

Pages

DEBT COLLECTION ABUSES LEADING SOURCE OF SERVICEMEMBER AND VETERAN COMPLAINTS TO CFPB

Boston, MA – Debt collection abuses were the leading source (32%) of 44,000 servicemember complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), according to a new report release today.  Further, Congress is taking up a bill this week intended to cripple the CFPB and would place servicemembers, veterans and their families in “financial harm’s way,” thereby threatening unit preparedness.

> Keep Reading
News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

Senate Bill Aims to Rollback Clean Car Standards

Today, Senators Blunt (R-MO), Moran (R-KS ), Young (R-IN), Stabenow (D-MI), Peters (D-MI), and McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a bill to amend vehicle standards, also known as the “Blunt Clean Cars Rollback”.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Public Health

Statement on SC Johnson’s skin allergen disclosure announcement

“SC Johnson, the manufacturer behind popular brands like Glade, Pledge, Windex, and more has announced today that it will disclose the presence of 368 fragrance and non-fragrance potential skin allergens that may occur in its products. This is a great move for chemical transparency in consumer products."

> Keep Reading
Media Hit | Public Health

Editorial: State regulations needed to ensure safe water in schools

It is time to get the lead out of drinking water in our schools and daycare centers.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Democracy

Our Statement Regarding the President’s “Commission on Election Integrity”

Read MASSPIRG's statement on the President's establishment of an "Advisory Commission on Election Integrity."

> Keep Reading

Pages

Result | Public Health

KIDS’ SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER

For years, America’s schoolchildren have been eating beef, chicken and other foods that would have been rejected as substandard even by fast food chains. Thanks in part to our advocacy, the U.S.D.A. has stopped buying such low-quality meat for school lunches.

> Keep Reading
Result | Tax

Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes

No longer will a few powerful corporations get away with exploiting tax loopholes, thanks to a tax fairness bill we worked to pass in 2008. The new law will keep more than $400 million from being funneled to out-of-state subsidiaries each year.

> Keep Reading
Result | Democracy

Getting Young Voters To The Polls

In 2008, for the first time in 20 years, the number of young voters going to the polls exceeded the number of voters over age 65. Our New Voters Project played a part in making it happen in Massachusetts, helping more than 10,000 students register to vote on Massachusetts college campuses.

> Keep Reading
Result | Budget

Making Beacon Hill More Transparent

Where are your tax dollars being spent, exactly? Our 2008 report “Transparency.gov 2.0” made the case for bringing the state budget online, to boost accountability and efficiency in government spending.

> Keep Reading

Locking Out Identity Thieves

In the wake of failures in data security on the part of data dealers and credit card companies, we worked to convince the Legislature to pass one of the nation’s strongest laws to prevent identity theft in 2007.

> Keep Reading

Pages

Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Predatory Loans & Predatory Loan Complaints

This is the seventh in a series of reports that review complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In this report, we explore consumer complaints about predatory loans, categorized in the database as payday loans, installment loans, and auto title loans.

> Keep Reading
Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Budget

Getting Personal with Chemicals

We should be able to trust that the products we buy are safe — especially ones our families use every day, directly on our bodies. However, chemicals of concern are routinely found in many of our day-to-day personal care products, ranging from Dial bar soap to Suave kids’ shampoo, according to Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund's investigation of common consumer products.

> Keep Reading
Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Tax

Following the Money 2016

 

State governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year through contracts for goods and services, subsidies to encourage economic development, and other expenditures. Public accountability helps ensure that state funds are spent as wisely as possible.

> Keep Reading
Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Democracy

CarMax Endangers Lives in Massachusetts

CarMax, the nation's largest retailer of used cars, is selling recalled vehicles with dangerous and potentially lethal safety defects to Massachusetts car buyers. Those unsafe vehicles are hazardous not only to the people who buy them, but to the cars’ passengers and everyone else who shares the roads and adjacent areas, including sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. 

> Keep Reading
Report | For Immediate Release | Tax

SETTLING FOR A LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY?

> Keep Reading

Pages

Blog Post | Health Care

MASSPIRG STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT | Deirdre Cummings

US House vote huge step in the wrong direction for American consumers and our health care system. 

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Financial Reform

Banks Cook Books To Promote Wrong Choice Act, Attack CFPB | Ed Mierzwinski

Today the House Financial Services Committee takes up the so-called Financial Choice Act, which we call the Wrong Choice Act, to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and leave the CFPB an unrecognizable husk incapable of protecting consumers. Some 52 state bank associations urged support of the bill, based on a "cook-the-history-books" analysis of bank consolidation, which has not increased since 2010, even though they make the claim based on preposterous math.

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Financial Choice Act: A Cruel Choice for the CFPB & Consumers | Deirdre Cummings

This week, on Wednesday 4/26, the House FInancial Services Committee holds a hearing on Chairman Jeb Hensarling's Financial Choice Act 2.0. It's a brutal un-do of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that forgets, or ignores, the historical fact that reckless bank practices abetted by loose regulators wrecked our economy in 2008. A key goal of the proposal is to weaken the successful CFPB into an unrecognizable husk incapable of protecting consumers.

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Have A Consumer Problem? | Jeanne Foy

Need Help in Resolving a Consumer Problem?

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Transportation

MASSPIRG urges State House Committee to support Public Transportation | Deirdre Cummings

MASSPIRG's Transportation Advocate Matt Casale testified in support of key transportation funding inititative. 

> Keep Reading

Pages

View AllRSS Feed

Defend the CFPB

Tell your senators to oppose the “Financial CHOICE Act,” which would gut Wall Street reforms and destroy the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as we know it.

Support Us

Your donation supports MASSPIRG's work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter, especially when powerful interests are blocking progress.

Consumer Alerts

Join our network and stay up to date on our campaigns, get important consumer updates and take action on critical issues.
Optional Member Code