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
87295 1 day ago Erin Gregoire Manchester, NH
87294 2 days ago Jan Seedman Los Angeles, CA
87293 3 days ago Brenda Reeder IA
87292 4 days ago LaToya Johnson OH Wow! I am truly disappointed.
87291 4 days ago Anonymous Roseburg, OR
87290 4 days ago Emilia Buchanan Norman, OK Shame on you, Ms. Obama, for partnering with Monsanto. Genetically engineered food is not natural, nor does it promote sustainability.
87289 4 days ago Mona LaBissoniere Meriden, CT If GMO foods cannot be banned, they should have labels. I support mandatory labeling so that I can make informed decisions about what I eat and what I feed my family.
87288 4 days ago Brandi Wilson Hattiesburg, MS
87287 4 days ago Jacqueline McKeone Quakertown, PA
87286 4 days ago Scott Royer IL
87285 4 days ago Tara Royer Mount vernon, IL
87284 4 days ago Kathy huang Las Vegas, NV
87283 4 days ago ashlea MASK Statesboro, GA
87282 4 days ago Rose Torreano Los altos, CA
87281 4 days ago Nancy Montanaro Bridgewater, CT
87280 4 days ago Anonymous Dayton, OH
87279 4 days ago matt taylor SC
87278 5 days ago amanda hardee LA
87277 5 days ago Joseph Bardaville Myrtle Creek, OR The American people deserve the right to choose in the GMO debate. Label all GMOs and let our voices be heard! Why is this a difficult issue?
87276 6 days ago Anonymous Rockville, MD
87275 1 week ago JENNIFER ALTMAN Charleston, SC
87274 1 week ago Joe Parrish NC This needs to be done!
87273 1 week ago Cynthia Parrish Zebulon, NC We also need to address the chemicals we are injecting into the livestock, then it is eaten. Ractopamine is banned in 160 countries, but not the USA
87272 1 week ago Erin Gregoire Manchester, NH
87271 1 week ago Brian Venable Seattle, WA
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