Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Does Your Food Contain GMOs?

It’s something we take for granted at the farmers’ market: that the booths and tables heaped with veggies and fruits are all-natural. No fillers, no preservatives, just healthy nutrition. We love that about farmers’ market day—you just can’t go wrong!

But take a stroll in your local grocery store, and shopping gets a lot more complicated. Trans-fats, corn syrup, hydrogenated—blegh. But there’s something else you might steer clear of, if you were given the choice: genetically modified foods.

There’s something unnatural about GMOs. In fact, that’s their definition, even by Monsanto’s own standards: “Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs.”

Some argue that there is no inherent risk in GMO food. Some argue that GMOs will bring irreversible harm to our foodsystem. But whatever we individually think, more than 93% of Americans believe that GMOs should belabeled, so that consumers can make the choice to buy or boycott on their own—fully informed that they are making a choice.

The Just Label It campaign has two weeks to collect 1 million signatures and deliver them to the FDA. They are 99% of the way to their goal—help them get there by signing the petition at www.justlabelit.org. Because we have the right to know!

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