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GMO Policy & Labeling Action

Important Message from PASA's Executive Director

Dear PASA Members & Friends,

If there’s one thing on which we should all agree, it’s that we all have a right to know what’s in our food!

In a country that often overdoes it in terms of what goes on labels, it’s inexcusable that there are no laws in the U.S. requiring labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in foods. The vast majority of Americans believe such labels should exist, yet this is another one of those critical areas where industry has our lawmakers held in check so they cannot act on behalf of ordinary citizens.

PASA has joined an effort with a host of other organizations representing millions of Americans called the Just Label It: We Have A Right to Know campaign. The campaign supports a petition to the FDA that calls for products that use ingredients produced with genetic engineering to disclose this information on the label.

Tell the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) you have a right to know what’s in your food by taking action with PASA and this coalition!

Genetically Engineered foods (also referred to as genetically modified organisms, or GMOs) are foods that are altered at the molecular level in ways that could not happen naturally. The foods that are most likely to be genetically engineered are processed foods containing corn, soy, canola and cottonseed oil. Nearly 90% of corn, 94% of soy and 90% of cottonseed grown in the US are from GE seeds.

Andrew Kimbrell, who spoke at our conference earlier this year, made the point well when he said, “We are asking the FDA to change a decades’ old and out of touch policy.  Today’s consumers are more informed than ever, and they have a right to know about the foods they are purchasing and consuming. We want the FDA to require labeling on foods intentionally produced using genetic engineering.”

Within the PASA membership there are legitimate differences of opinion regarding the present and future roles of genetic engineering in the context of sustainable systems.  But there should be no lack of clarity about the need for labeling, and the need to hold big companies responsible when contamination of non-GE crops occurs.  PASA’s Board of Directors recently underscored these points when they enthusiastically endorsed a Policy on Genetically Engineered Crops and Livestock as compiled by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) that is available on our website.  We are proud to partner with NSAC in this way, and trust you will all recognize the value of this very carefully crafted policy statement.

Also, the Just Label It campaign is being coordinated in conjunction with the Right2Know March, which kicked-off last Saturday in New York City and will end on October 16th in Washington DC. A few PASA members are hosting march events, so be sure to check out route details, and join the march if you can to show your support in this important way.

Thanks to all for caring about, and taking action on, significant issues such as this!

Brian Snyder
PASA Executive Director

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