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Genetically Modified Organisms

PASA has joined an effort with a host of other organizations representing millions of Americans called the Just Label It campaign. The campaign supports a petition to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that calls for products that use ingredients produced with genetic engineering to disclose this information on the label. Sign the petition today.

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.


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.
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