Friday, March 30, 2012

Just Label It! Campaign Sends One Million Comments to FDA

The Just Label It! campaign, which calls for the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, met its goal of sending over one million comments (a record number) to the FDA. Thanks to everyone who sent a comment, including the 55 members of Congress who displayed some cojones.

Hopefully the FDA will at least acknowledge the overwhelming support for labeling GE foods. It'll be interesting to see how Monsanto and the rest of the moneyed interests counter this. Also, click on the image above (for more detail) to see the results of a recent Just Label It! survey; support for labeling GE foods is widespread, even in our polarized political environment.

An email I received earlier this week from Just Label It!:

"Today we're delivering over one million comments in support of labeling genetically engineered foods to the FDA – because of people like you. By submitting a comment, emailing your friends, posting on Facebook, and talking to your coworkers and neighbors, you made this possible.

"Comments were submitted by Americans from all 50 states – people from tens of thousands of different communities around the country. This record-breaking achievement proves that Americans care about how our food is produced and the right to know what's in our food.

"In the era of pink slime, deadly melons, and BPA in our soup, more and more of us are coming together to demand the right to know about the food we are eating and feeding our families. It's time that the FDA gives us the same rights held by citizens in over forty other countries: to know whether our foods have been genetically engineered.

"Today, we're also releasing results from our new public opinion survey on GMO labeling with a cool infographic. It found that nearly all Democrats (93%), Independents (90%), and Republicans (89%) favor labeling. At a time when partisan rancor dominates the public conversation, there are few topics that can muster such overwhelming support. Yet so far, the FDA has refused to act.

"This campaign doesn't end with today's delivery. We'll need your help again in the coming weeks and months to keep up the pressure on the FDA and to make sure our leaders in Washington know that more than one million Americans are watching their next moves.

"Thank you for everything you've done so far – and for all that you'll continue to do in the weeks ahead.

"With deep gratitude,

"Alex, Nancy, Naomi, Sue, and the entire Just Label It team

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