Tell Dr. Weil: Get the GMOs out of Supplements and Support GMO Labeling in Washington State!
It’s a medical mystery.
Healthy lifestyle guru Dr. Andrew Weil says genetically modified organisms (GMOs) cause “ranges of health problems” in animals. He favors GMO labeling laws, he says, because consumers should have the right to know if products contain GMOs.
Yet the good doctor’s company, Weil Lifestyle LLC, is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) – the top donor so far to the campaign to defeat a GMO labeling initiative in Washington State, and a major contributor ($2 million) to the campaign that last year defeated Proposition 37, a similar GMO labeling initiative in California.
Not only that, but Weil Lifestyle knowingly sells supplements that contain GMOs. Unlabeled.
Please send a letter with the form below. Tell Dr. Weil and Weil Lifestyle LLC: Get the GMOs out of Supplements and Support GMO Labeling in Washington State!
In this 2011 video Dr. Weil says it’s “hard to foresee all of the downstream consequences” of genetically engineering our food. Genetic engineering “might cause allergies, we don’t know.”
And in this blog post, the doctor says that the arguments for and against labeling are “pretty obvious.”
“Those in favor of labeling (myself included) believe that consumers have a right to know when foods are modified with genes from another species.”
Yet when we called the Weil Lifestyle consumer product line to ask if the company sold supplements containing genetically modified soy (soy lecithin), the customer service representative said that their supplements containing soy lecithin are “not certified GMO-free.” (There are two exceptions: CO Q10 and Vitamin E, which contain non-GMO soy lecithin, the company said).
So why not label supplements containing GMOs? According to an email from a member of the company’s Vitamin Advisor Team:
“Unfortunately non-organic foods and even foods labeled GMO-free cannot be guaranteed 100% free of genetically engineered ingredients. This is primarily due to cross-pollination or cross contamination.”
So. To summarize. Dr. Weil believes GMOs may be bad for our health, and that products containing GMOs should be labeled. But not products sold by Weil Lifestyle? Because why bother labeling as long as there’s a possibility that non-GMO crops might be contaminated?
Barely two weeks after California’s Proposition 37 was defeated by a razor-thin margin, thanks to a $46-million campaign of lies and misinformation, Dr. Weil chastised fans gathered one of his book-signings in San Francisco for failing to pass the initiative. According to blogger Eric Riess, Weil said, “How could you let that fail?”
Fans should have asked him: “How can you belong to a trade group that spent $2 million to defeat Prop 37?”
It’s time for Dr. Weil to stop preaching one thing, while he practices another.
Please send your letter today. Tell Dr. Weil and Weil Lifestyle LLC: Get the GMOs out of Supplements and Support GMO Labeling in Washington State!