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What we know about GM:
- Farmers who cultivated gM varieties earned less money over a 14-year period than those who continued to grow non GM crops according to a study from the University of Minnesota.
- traditional plant breeding and farming methods have increased yields of major grain crops three to four times more than gM varieties despite huge investments of public and private dollars in biotech research.
- there are 197 species of herbicide resistant weeds, many of which can be linked directly back to gM crops, and the list keeps growing.
- gM crops have led to an explosion in herbicide-use as resistant crops continue to emerge. In particular, the EPA approved a 20-fold increase in how much glyphosate (Roundup®) residue is allowed in our food in response to escalating concentrations.
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Have the FDA label Genetically Modified foods… http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=W2ktCD0W1RLSjHeutoZ9EmxW2sr%2FMZuN
The Center for Food Safety recently filed a formal legal petition with FDA demanding that the agency require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Now, we are spearheading a drive with over 350 other organizations and businesses in the Just Label It! Campaign, to direct one million comments to the FDA in support of our petition.
Unsuspecting consumers by the tens of millions are being allowed to purchase and consume unlabeled genetically engineered foods, despite the fact that FDA undertakes no testing of its own, instead relying only on a voluntary consultation with industry and confidential industry data to assure safety. Internal FDA documents discovered in prior CFS litigation actually indicated the foods could pose serious risks, but those views were overruled.
Genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in the 15 European Union nations, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries around the world. A recent poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. As ABC News stated, “Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.” Yet the United States is one of the only countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling of GE food!
In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don’t have that choice when it comes to GE ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families.
Americans have been asking Congress to pass a labeling law for more than 10 years, to no avail. It’s time to take the fight back to FDA—bigger and louder than ever before.
Center for Food Safety
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