More than 200,000 consumers and voters have joined with Organic Consumers Association in a new petition on SignOn.org calling on President Obama to honor his 2007 campaign promise and require the FDA to properly label food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The petition to be delivered to the White House on Thursday is 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, the Organic Consumers Association. "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."
WHO: Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and “Yes On Prop 37”
WHAT: National Day of Action Against Genetically Modified Organism in Consumer Foods
WHERE: Organizing For America HQ - Oakland, Calif.
300 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 410
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 – 1 p.m. PST
“Prop 37 would give California consumers the right to know what we’re eating and decide for ourselves what is best for our families,” said Zack Kaldveer, assistant media director for the Yes on Proposition 37 Campaign. “We appreciate President Obama’s support for the labeling of genetically engineered foods, and we urge he endorse the nation’s one opportunity to make that a reality.”
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 premarket 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.
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.