Thank you for supporting our right to know about genetically engineered ingredients in our food.
USDA regulations will determine whether genetically engineered ingredients are identified on product labels, or hidden behind high tech codes. Genetically engineered (GE) foods pose risks that are not considered by regulators. Consumers have a right to know whether the products they buy contain GE ingredients. This information should be on the product label.
A “compromise” bill on labeling genetically engineered food was passed last year, leaving it to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to decide which foods would be labeled, and how they would be labeled. In preparation for drafting regulations, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posed 30 questions regarding the implementation of the law. AMS is accepting input until Monday, July 17. This is a chance to help shape USDA’s proposal.
The law includes labeling options other than on-package labeling, such as QR codes and websites, which would only serve to hide the information this law was passed to provide. It also allows USDA to decide which GE ingredients must be disclosed. Tell USDA:
The most dependable way to avoid GE ingredients is to buy organic, but all consumers have a right to know what is in their food.