Proposition 37 may have been defeated in California last November, but now the Right-to-Know fight is going national. Today, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act. It’s bipartisan legislation – bipartisan meaning several Democrats, one Republican, and one Independent cosponsored the bill. If passed, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require that genetically engineered (GE) foods be clearly labeled so that consumers can make informed choices about what they eat.
“Americans have the right to know what is in the food they eat so they can make the best choices for their families,” Senator Boxer said. “This legislation is supported by a broad coalition of consumer groups, businesses, farmers, fishermen and parents who all agree that consumers deserve more – not less – information about the food they buy.”
I completely agree with Senator Boxer and so do 90 percent of Americans. When asked, 90 percent of the people, regardless of political affiliation, believe they have the right to know if there are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food they eat.
The proposed legislation would require whole foods and processed foods, including fish and seafood, to be clearly labeled if they contained GMOs. Currently, 64 countries, including all the member nations of the European Union, Russia, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, require labeling.
I’m sure in the days to come, there will be organizations that start petitions to Congress to urge them to pass this bill. If you don’t want to wait for a petition to sign, you can contact your elected officials in Washington and let them know that you want them to pass the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act.
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