- Only 26% of the US public understands that most foods including animal products contain GMO ingredients.
- Common GMO food ingredients include corn, sugar, vegetable oils, soy, cotton, canola, eggs, milk, and meat from animals fed GMO feed.
- An ABC News poll conducted in June 2001 found that 93% of Americans want the Federal government to require mandatory labeling of GMO foods.
- GMO labeling is currently mandatory in the following countries: Australia, China, European Union (27 countries), New Zealand, Norway, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan.
- Labeling will give people the option of whether or not to support the genetic engineering industry.
- Boycotting GMOs helps increase likelihood that they will be removed from our food supply.
Help bring awareness to the GMO issue before it is too late. Get involved and be part of the solution. Visit LabelGMOs.org today.
In California, a big initiative to label GMOs is in process. Kathy Lynch will be heading up a committed volunteer group in Temecula and surrounding communities to gather petition signatures and get the word out on labeling genetically engineered foods. Since the mid 1990s, genetically modified foods have been introduced to our food supply without public awareness or consent.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about this initiative.
What are GMOs? Genetically Modified Organisms. The correct scientific term is "transgenics." This is a process whereby the genes of one species are inserted into another species. The term does not include hybrids, selective breeding, grafting or MAS (Marker Assisted Selection).
Why do we want them labeled? Links from www.labelgmos.org point to some of the experts' reasons. A google search will give thousands more. The main reason we want them labeled is that we see enough independent data to suggest health risks. We don't want to eat them but we can't know which foods they are in if they aren't labeled.
Why do an initiative instead of a bill in the state legislature? Federal labeling legislation has been before Congress since 1999. GMO labeling legislation has been tried a number of times in CA, but either never makes it to committee or doesn't get out of it. The most recent example is AB88. It could not get out of the Appropriations Committee in May 2011 and has been pushed back to January 2012. And that was just for fish. Fourteen other states have bills before their legislatures that have gone nowhere. While we will continue to work on and fully support legislative efforts, it is our observation and opinion that we don't have time to wait for our governing bodies to enact GMO labeling laws.
What's the rush? New studies point to increased health risks. Numerous vegetables, fruits and animal products are being developed and considered for approval. We are concerned with the recent deregulation of the high cross pollinator, alfalfa. We want to do all we can to ensure our children have the option of organic dairy and meats.
Stay tuned for next steps with this initiative. In the mean time, learn more about the dangers of GMOs, spread the word, and attend local events covering this issue. If you live in Temecula, CA or surrounding communities, contact Kathy Lynch to see how you can help support this inititative to impact the future of food in a vital way.