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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
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