Bipartisan Legislation Seeks to Label GMO Foods

 

For the first time in over a decade, legislation has been introduced in the United States Senate calling for the labeling of all genetically engineered (GE) foods.

You can learn more about the bill, and signal your own point of view, at this link to the Center for Food Safety. They've made it easy to help spread the word.

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter De Fazio (D-OR) introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, which would require the labeling of all GE foods at the federal level.

 

 

The act has broad bipartisan support and is backed by pending legislation in over half of the U.S. states. Similar labeling laws exist in 64 countries. You can view both the Senate and House Bills.

As a member-owned food co-op, we know that GE (GMO) labeling is important to our shoppers. The National Cooperative Grocers' Association, a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops to which we belong, has been a strong advocate for a labeling campaign.

Through NCGA, we communicate with our vendors about the importance of this issue to the member-owners and shoppers at our stores. Numerous opinion polls indicate that as many as 93% of all Americans think that genetically modified foods should be labeled.

Learn more about GE Foods and the effort to require labeling here at StrongerTogether.coop, too:

• What is a GMO?

• Should we label GE foods?

This link takes you directly to the Just Label It campaign, where you can send a message straight to your House Representative and U.S. Senators.