In a sign of growing public awareness of the topic, the Just Label It campaign gathered more than a million public comments on its petition in favor of GE labeling—more than any other food petition previously submitted to FDA.
Since October, the national campaign has gathered the support of 500 diverse partner organizations. It took less than 180 days to accumulate the record number of comments. “This is a campaign that’s gaining momentum,” said Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield chairman and Just Label It partner, during a webinar hosted by the group. “We never would have dreamt that we’d hit a million… This is not a fad and it will not soon pass.”
In response, FDA acknowledged receipt of the petition, but only counted 394 comments because of the way it registers documents with multiple signatures.
“FDA will likely say they are studying the matter,” said Sue McGovern, Just Label It spokesperson. “At some point however they will need to respond yes or no. If no, the next step is the courts.”
Mark Mellman, national political pollster of The Mellman Group, recently presented a study of Americans’ attitudes toward GE labeling, revealing that 91 percent of Americans across political, geographic and other demographic spectrums support labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs).