Genetically engineered foods -- also called genetically modified organisms or GMOs -- are plants and animals that have been genetically altered in a lab. Many of these genetic changes haven't been adequately tested and various environmental problems they've caused have been well documented.
These genetically engineered foods sit on our grocery store shelves without any sort of indication that they've been altered. Allowing genetically engineered foods to enter our food supply -- and the natural world -- without our knowledge makes our food and ecological systems deeply vulnerable to the special interests of agribusiness.
A bill called the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act was recently introduced in Congress. It requires labeling notifications for all genetically engineered foods in the United States.
You have the right to know what's in your food, so please take action now. Tell Congress to protect our food and pass the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act.
Dear [Member of Congress],
I am writing to urge you to support the recently introduced Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act (H.R. 1699 and S. 809), which asks for mandatory labeling of all products containing genetically engineered foods.
Genetically engineered foods are pervasive in our agricultural and food supplies. These crops are being developed quickly and used on millions of acres of farmland without adequate testing for possible long-term ecological harm. Many ecologists believe that industry should increase the extent and rigor of testing and governments should strengthen their regulatory regimes to fully address environmental effects.
Environmental problems associated with genetic modification include biodiversity loss, an overall increase in pesticide use, the creation of superweeds and unintentional contamination of non-genetically modified crops.
More than 64 countries around the world have already joined the effort to keep the public informed about genetically modified ingredients in their food. The United States is one of the only developed countries that does not implement a federal labeling requirement. This bill is designed to provide transparency so that the public can have appropriate, common-sense knowledge of the food they're buying.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) are sponsoring new federal legislation called the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act, which would require the labeling of all genetically engineered foods. With more than 90 percent of American consumers already supporting GMO labeling, it is clear that the current federal policy is outdated.
[Your comments here]
Please support this bill. Consumers deserve the right to know what is in our food, and we should be able to decide for ourselves whether we want to consume genetically engineered foods.
[Your name here]