Organic Consumers Association

Tell Michelle Obama: Consumers Want Labels on Genetically Modified Foods!

For the first time in 20 years, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has moved to update nutrition labels on food packaging by proposing new rules. What’s missing from the new rules? Any mention of requiring food companies to tell you if their products contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 

TAKE ACTION: Tell Michelle Obama: Consumers Want Labels on Genetically Modified Foods!

Why are we asking Michelle Obama to do something about the FDA’s failure, again, to address GMO labeling?

For one, Mrs. Obama helped unveil the FDA’s proposed new rules during an all-out media blitz on February 27. She tied the announcement to her Let’s Move! campaign,‎ and said that the new rules will make food companies more honest, and give parents more accurate information so they can “make healthy food choices for their kids.” 

The other reason we need to pressure Mrs. Obama is that we want her to remind President Obama of his 2007 campaign promise to label GMOs—a promise he has consistently failed to honor. In fact, in 2012 the OCA launched a petition asking Mrs. Obama to remind the President of his promise. The petition garnered more than 207,000 signatures. What happened when we tried to deliver those signatures to Mrs. Obama? She ignored us.

Mrs. Obama has made kids’ health, including nutrition and exercise, her signature cause during her husband’s presidency. But she has consistently ignored the facts around GMO foods, including their link to obesity, and the fact that GMO crops require the use of tons of toxic herbicides and pesticides, which ultimately pollute soil, air and water and our food.

Increasingly, scientists and doctors warn of the dangers these toxins pose to our health, especially for children whose immune systems are not yet fully developed. Even the American Medical Association has said that we need long-term, pre-market safety tests on the impact of GMO foods on human health. 

In the meantime, consumers ought to have the right to know if their food has been genetically modified.

When Mrs. Obama talks about healthy food choices—without talking about GMO labeling—she fails to address what has become one of the most high-profile, controversial food policy issues of our time.

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Number Date Name Location Comment
87394 3 hours ago Anonymous
87393 3 hours ago Julio Real Tracy, CA
87392 6 hours ago Tasmara Calabrese Guilford, CT
87391 10 hours ago Kara Crooks Naples, FL
87390 10 hours ago Daniel Eppolito Las Vegas, NV
87389 11 hours ago Matthew Faver MD
87388 12 hours ago Anonymous MD We prefer to have NO CMO food, but labeling is the first step
87387 13 hours ago Shirley Nieves New York, NY
87386 14 hours ago Anonymous Huizen,
87385 14 hours ago marc Gratama Chicago, IL
87384 15 hours ago Anonymous PA
87383 16 hours ago Anonymous Salmon Arm, ot This should have been done decades ago, hell, GMO's and any of the bio-tech products should have been severely researched, long term, before being introduced for human or animal consumption. Buying ...
87382 16 hours ago Becky Eddy Spokane Valley, WA
87381 16 hours ago Anonymous AZ
87380 16 hours ago Brian Barackman Durango, CO I think all GMO's and Pesticides should be banned in the US and World. Save the planet.
87379 17 hours ago meghan carlson Nashville, TN
87378 17 hours ago Natosha Longo Wilmington , NC
87377 17 hours ago Wendy Damerell Cape Town, ot Please ban Roundup Worldwide. Ban any further Genetically Modified Organisms.
87376 18 hours ago Anonymous Port Orchard, WA Strange how GMO foods & how much glysphate in the the average American's diet is never discussed in this county.
87375 19 hours ago Daniel Mara Glens Falls, NY
87374 21 hours ago Margaret Cachia Paola, ot
87373 21 hours ago Barbara Andrews Haverhill, MA This has gone on long enough. Slowly killing the Citizins of the US by feeding them Cancer causing GMO's and then lying about it. The FDA is really not doing their job of protecting us if they conti...
87372 21 hours ago david powell Birmingham UK., ot
87371 22 hours ago Anonymous Pittsburgh, PA
87370 23 hours ago Anonymous ot
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