We ask that Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, who market themselves as healthy, natural and non-gmo stores, support this campaign.
Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, please help us by allotting space for signature gathering in your stores, and helping fundraise for this grassroots campaign.
Specifically, we want Whole Foods and Trader Joe's to have a store policy from the top management that tells the individual store managers to invite us to gather signatures in front of their stores..not on the sidewalks, not in their parking lots.... in front of their stores.
Consumers have a Right to Know what’s in the food we eat and feed our children, including whether food is genetically engineered. We all should be able to make informed choices, and have the ability to choose whether to buy genetically engineered food or not.
LabelGMOs.org is the grassroots campaign that is trying to get this initiative on the California Ballot.
We Currently Eat Genetically Engineered Food, But We Don’t Know It
A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature, and is experimental.
According to the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, 80% of packaged foods contain genetically engineered ingredients – but you wouldn’t know it by reading the labels. This includes products sold by Whole Foods and Trader Joe's!
Example: Genetically Modified corn that has been engineered in a laboratory to produce pesticides in its own tissue. GMO Corn is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency as an Insecticide.
The Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods Are Unclear
Unlike the strict safety evaluations required for the approval of new drugs, the safety of genetically engineered foods for human consumption is not adequately tested. Recent studies show that genetically engineering food can create new, unintended toxic substances and increase allergies, cancer risks, and other health problems, especially for children. Experts around the world agree that by labeling genetically engineered food, we can help identify foods that cause health problems.
A Simple Proposition for California in 2012
The initiative would simply require food sold in retail outlets to be labeled if it contains genetically engineered ingredients. Just like Nutrition Facts. There is No Cost to Consumers or Food Producers.
In an large advance poll, 75%+ of Californians said they would vote for Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods!
Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, we need your help to gather enough singatures to get this initiative on the Ballot for 2012!