Let me get this straight. If my kids come along to the grocery store and I turn them loose to choose whatever they want from the aisles of packaged foods, there's an 8 out of 10 chance that they'll pick something with genetically modified/engineered ingredients? According to some pretty sharp folks over at the Just Label It campaign who've sorted through all kinds of data, 80% of processed foods contain GE ingredients. Score another win for cutesy ad characters in bright colors, another loss for families.
So, nutritionists already caution parents to limit sugars and fats. Many of us are already leery of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Some families must painstakingly avoid known allergens. At least we can read about most of those things on the food label, if we take the extra time. Not so with GE ingredients or GMOs. It's simply not required.
This is why the Just Label It campaign is calling for mandatory labeling of GE ingredients in food. So you and I can make an informed choice for ourselves -- for our children. Just Label It is asking for citizens to join in asking the Food and Drug Administration to require clear labeling by signing a petition. You can learn more about the health and environmental concerns surrounding this issue and decide for yourself at JustLabelIt.org
Labels: conscious consumerism, food, parenting