Genetically engineered Thanksgiving? No thanks.
As we prepare for Thanksgiving, a day to celebrate all that sustains us and brings us together, wouldn't it be nice to know whether the ingredients we're chopping, mixing and roasting have been genetically engineered?
Up to 80% of non-organic food on our shelves contains a GE ingredient. We don't know which of our foods are engineered though, because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t require labeling. Pushed onto the market by big agribusiness corporations like Monsanto, GE products are hidden in plain sight.
A coalition of over 300 organizations — and more than 350,000 individuals so far — are calling on FDA to mandate GE food labeling. We want to know what we're eating and feeding our families. We have the right to know.
Just label it
For too long, Monsanto & co. have exerted undue influence on our food system while making promises they fail to keep. After 14 years of commercialization and millions of dollars in publicly funded research, the biotech industry has yet to deliver on the drought-resistant, high-yield products promised. Their GE crops require more pesticide use, not less.
And they expect the public to simply trust that their products are safe.
Up to 80% of non-organic food on our shelves contains a GE ingredient
Our friends at TakePart are joining the effort too. Each day this month, they are posting an action, a way to "make doing good a daily habit." Today's action? Tell the FDA to require labeling of genetically engineered food.