Calling for Labeling of Genetically-Modified Ingredients
Last week, the Founder and Director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA), Judith McGeary, spoke on our February 2012 interfaith environmental conference call about GMO's, or "Genetically-Modified Organisms." She highlighted several concerns about the widespread and increasing use of GMOs in our food system, including social justice concerns for small farms and low-income farmers, environmental concerns about the use of pesticides on fields planted with genetically-modified "Round Up Ready" crops, and health concerns about the still-unknown long-term effects of eating foods that contain GMOs.
Because in the U.S., the use of GMOs aren't required to be listed on food labels, American consumers have no way of knowing whether the food they're eating contains GMOs or not. There is an effort underway to require labeling of GMOs in our food, though--and it needs our support. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is currently accepting comments on a proposed rule to require labeling of GMOs. To support this effort, please call your U.S. Senators and Representatives. You can also submit a comment to the FDA online; to learn more, visit this FARFA information page.