As consumers, we have a right to know how the food we buy is produced, including whether it’s genetically engineered. Otherwise, we can’t make informed choices about what’s best for us and our families.
We're facing an onslaught of potential new genetically engineered foods. One company has turned a popular fruit – the apple – into an industrialized product that avoids turning brown when it is cut or bruised. Plus the FDA is preparing to approve genetically engineered salmon, which would be the first genetically engineered animal on the market in the United States. But as consumers, we won’t know the difference without mandatory labeling.
The United States is one of the only developed nations not to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Even China labels them!
Ask your members of Congress to support labeling of genetically engineered foods. They need to hear from constituents like you.
In Illinois, we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families. Labeling is essential for me to choose whether or not I want to consume or serve my family genetically engineered foods.
Genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in the 15 European Union nations, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries around the world. As an American, I firmly believe I should also have the right to know if my foods have been genetically engineered.
A recent poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. As ABC News stated, "Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare."
I hope you will listen to me and the other 93 percent of the American public who want mandatory labeling. Please pledge your support for the interests of the American people by labeling genetically engineered foods.