Your mission – if you choose to accept it – is to pick up the phone this Wednesday, April 1st and ask your representatives to support the GMO Right to Know Act. Both the House and the Senate are in session, and every member of Congress is in their national office in D.C.. Everyone who cares about their food is urged to make three calls – one to both U.S. Senators representing your state, and another to the Congressperson representing you in the U.S. House – and hold them accountable to you.
To locate your representatives’ names and phone numbers, enter your zip code at: http://www.contactingthecongress.org Remember to THANK your representatives who have already co-sponsored the GMO Right to Know Act! [See the list of Senate co-sponsors HERE. See the list of House co-sponsors HERE.
When companies are required by law to label genetically engineered ingredients, they stop using them. Because of labeling laws, companies in 64 countries avoid formulating food with genetically engineered inputs. Genetically engineered products bearing labels are rare, because the market for them is poor. Companies like General Mills® and Kellogg’s® produce food for other countries without genetically engineered ingredients.
Cornflakes manufactured for markets other than the U.S. and Canada are not made with genetically engineered corn. The Coke™ you drink in the European Union and Mexico is not the same Coke™ you drink here. In the E.U you can buy Jelly Bellys™ made without genetically engineered sugar. By de-incentivizing the use of genetically engineered ingredients in food, mandatory gmo food labeling in the U.S. can effectively eliminate gmo’s from the supply chain.
In order to meet steadily increasing consumer demand, Fritos and other U.S. companies are already sourcing non-gmo corn. Grain elevators pay a premium to farmers for non-gmo corn and beans. Food manufacturers, still awaiting the outcome of the Obama administration on gmo labeling, are already contracting with farmers who will grow conventional corn, soy, canola and sugarcane. Over the past five years a strong momentum of support has grown among members of Congress for mandatory gmo food labeling. While obstacles to the successful passage of the GMO Right-to-Know Act into law may seem imminent, the truth is many members of Congress are passionate about ending the genetic engineering of crops and food. There is also a powerful contingency on the Hill adamant that their constituents have the right to know what is in the food they buy and feed their children – and readily admit that “labeling of genetically engineered food is a no-brainer.” Members of Congress have declared that “food manufacturers have a duty to disclose what is in our food.” Congressman Peter DeFazio is calling for a “massive nationwide citizens movement of moms, dads, people attentive to their food, and chefs.” Watch below: