On January 16, 2014 the Center for Food Safety and Environmental Working Group hosted a joint press conference on Capitol Hill for lawmakers to address mandatory federal labeling for GMOs. The press conference highlighted the growing consumer demand for labeling of genetically modified foods. Prior to the press conference, over 200 groups signed a letter to the president stating “we urge you to fulfill your commitment to require GE labeling and to add the United States of America to the list of 64 nations that have already given their consumers the right to know what is in their food. In your first Presidential memorandum, you said that transparency is essential for ensuring public trust. We couldn’t agree more.”
The speakers at the press conference urged for support of H.R.1699 introduced by Representatives DeFazio who was present and co-sponsored by 50 other Representatives including Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine.
Center for Food Safety and others called for immediate mandatory labeling of GMOs on the federal level. Gary Hirshberg, of Stonyfield Farm, spoke on the research of health and environmental dangers of GMOs in our food and fields. Several of the speakers discussed the mounting pressure on Congress and the FDA to require some type of labeling for GMO foods and whether or not state intimated labeling laws would be sufficient.
Do you have an opinion on GMOs and whether there should be a federal mandatory labeling law? Or even labeling laws on the state level? What are your thoughts? Does not having labeling laws affect consumer freedom? Or should consumers just opt out? Is it a consumer right to know if their food contains GMOs? Please share your thoughts.
Wherever you are in your personal journey toward clean living and local food, thank you for joining me in mine. I look forward to sharing it with you.