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National Day of Action Against Genetically Modified Foods

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Organic Consumers Association

More than 200,000 consumers and voters have joined with Organic Consumers Association (OCA) in a petition on SignOn.org calling on President Obama to honor his 2007 campaign promise and require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to properly label food with genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). The petition was delivered to the White House yesterday and was addressed to First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been a champion of better nutrition in school lunches and fighting of childhood obesity.

"It's time for President Obama to honor his 2007 campaign promise to label GMOs," said Alexis Baden-Mayer, political director for OCA. "Recent studies reinforce what scientists and doctors have been saying for years: genetically modified organisms are not safe, and should not be hidden in 80 percent of our foods without our knowledge. The OCA calls on President Obama to join the 90 percent of Americans who have already said they want GMOs labeled, and to endorse Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act."

National polls have indicated that that more than 90 percent of Americans want GMO foods to be labeled. Yet President Obama has continued to green light a flood of new GMOs, including genetically engineered alfalfa, salmon and 2,4 D “Agent Orange” corn. The FDA does no pre-market safety testing on genetically engineered foods, instead relying on the word of Monsanto, Dupont and other biotech companies that these foods are safe.

A growing number of studies, however, link genetically modified foods to a host of health issues, including obesity and allergies. The American Medical Association has recently warned that GMO foods need to be safety-tested before they are placed on the market. Nearly 80 percent of all non-organic processed foods in the U.S. contain GMOs. Without labeling, it is very difficult to keep these foods out of our, and our kids’ diets.

The press conference and petition delivery in DC coincides with activists in Oakland, CA rallying in support of Proposition 37. If Prop. 37 passes in November, California will become the first state in the country to require what nearly 50 other nations in the world already require—labels on genetically engineered foods.

Visit EcoWatch’s GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM page for more related news on this topic.

 

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