It seems unfathomable that any group, company, corporation or government would take the stance that we don’t have the right to know something as personal and basic as how our food was grown or raised. Yet in today’s marketplace this is actually a fight we moms have to take on. Unreal as it seems there are many people who feel we should not have a right to know if our food has been genetically modified. We are being asked to eat the mystery meat in school all over again and don’t dare ask what it is…
So why the mystery? Well, depending on who you ask you will get many different answers. For the most part it all comes down to money. The huge agribusiness corporations behind GMOs have many billions of reasons to keep GMOs unlabeled and far from the scrutiny of the public. The food companies making products with GMOs would rather not label their products as such because it might make you think twice before putting their products in your shopping cart. Farmers have their reasons as well…as GMOs fall out of favor, their income is threatened.
The truth is that most of the world requires GMO labeling to give people the right to know what they buy. Since food is one of those basic needs we have as human beings there should be no mystery surrounding it. We need 100% transparency and if GMOs are as wonderful as large agribusiness claims, then the record will show that.
There are many, many companies trying to block our fight for food education and information but Quaker’s parent company, PepsiCo, is one of the worst offenders. They are spending millions to keep you and your family from knowing what’s in your food.
Quaker is one of the big food companies using their deep pockets to lobby against mandatory GMO labeling. Through the trade association, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, they are supporting a bill in Congress we call the DARK Act – because it would deny Americans the right to know whether our food has been genetically engineered.
Here is why you should care:
- GMO crops have led to huge increases in herbicide use, which contributes to an array of threats to the health of people and the environment. And in case you missed it, the World Health Organization recently labeled the main herbicide used on GMO crops as probably carcinogenic (aka cancer-causing).
- Increased herbicide use, promoted by the planting of GMO crops, has been so severe that according to the U.S. Geological Survey, 60-100 percent of the rain in Midwest farming communities now contains herbicides.
- GMOs thus result in millions of pounds of probable carcinogens in our air and water.
- And, just as the overuse of antibiotics has caused resistance to some bacteria, herbicide overuse has created resistant weeds on 70 million acres, resulting in the use of stronger and even more dangerous herbicides. This is called the chemical treadmill.
We have the right to know whether GMOs are in our foods so we can choose not to support the chemical treadmill.
People all across the country are fed up with being kept in the dark. That’s why I’m working with Just Label It to bring the Conceal or Reveal campaign to Quaker’s doorstep. But we need your voice, too.
Sign the petition
Ask Quaker to support mandatory FDA labeling of GMOs, stop funding anti-mandatory labeling efforts, and stand up against the DARK Act!
We do not want to be kept in the dark. GMO or no we have the right to know! Period. To make it happen we must make our voices heard. Just Label it already!!!
Will you join me??
This post was created as part of the Just Label It campaign in which I am a financially compensated Labeling Advocate. Booyah! The opinions I share here are my own and based on my own world view.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015