We need "Secondary" ingredients labeling, NOW! Let's know our food!
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Secondary ingredients are the ingredients of the primary ingredients: these go, shockingly, unlabeled and unregulated in the United States. It is our RIGHT to know what our food is comprised of, regardless of how many times the original ingredient is processed into refined compounds.
The GMO Corn, Wheat and Soy industries and Special Interest Groups lobby to keep the food industry unregulated. They do not want to see this put to work, because they make massive profit by using low-cost, governmentally-subsidized ingredients. Corn, wheat and soy ingredients are almost all genetically modified. Genetically modified foods are not inherently bad, in fact, they can be incredibly helpful in solving complex world-hunger related problems. HOWEVER, the way that these corporations put this technology and the corresponding legislation into practice puts independent farmers out of business, adversely affects the bee population, and allows them to spray inhumane amounts of pesticide on their crops (a.k.a Roundup) which feed the masses.
If you think this isn't an issue, take "Ascorbic Acid" as an example. "Ascorbic Acid" or Vitamin C to the laymen, is added to many canned goods, as well as juices and other products. It MAY be derived from Corn or Wheat. The manufacturer isn't required to specify which whatsoever, so some allergic individuals may consume a "totally safe" canned food, and suffer a severe reaction. For those allergic to corn, wheat or soy it is very difficult to determine what is safe. Eating any processed and mass-produced food product is a gamble even if you have a less common food allergy.
For example: a list of corn derivatives/allergens is available here.
Stand up to big business.
Sign for transparency.
Americans NEED to know what is in their food.
This is simply a matter of common sense.
If you would like to learn more, here are some resources from liberal and conservative news and research outlets too help you understand the gravity of this issue:
Harvard: Nothing to Sneeze at: the Allergenicity of GMOs
NPR: A Pesticide, A Pigweed And A Farmer's Murder
FOX: Science panel urges rewrite of food allergy warning labels
PBS: Are pesticides to blame for the massive bee die-off?
Scientific American: Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells
BrietBart: California to list main compound in Monsanto’s Roundup as carcinogenic
NBC: Honey, It’s Only Pure if There’s No Added Sugar or Corn Syrup
(FDA guidelines do not mandate that Corn Syrup in Honey must be labeled!!)
Secondary Ingredients Labeling, For those with Allergies
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