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U.S. Senate and Congress

Genetically engineered foods are pervasive, largely untested, and unlabeled. I deserve the right to know whether the food I buy is genetically engineered or not. I urge you to support legislation that would require the labeling of all genetically engineered foods.

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Food & Water Watch

This petition closed about 3 years ago

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Genetic engineering modifies the DNA of crops to display specific traits, such as a resistance to pesticides and herbicides. Genetically engineered (GE) crops are often also referred to as...

Genetic engineering modifies the DNA of crops to display specific traits, such as a resistance to pesticides and herbicides. Genetically engineered (GE) crops are often also referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or biotech crops. In recent years, the Food and Drug Administration began paving the way for approval of GM animals, such as salmon. The first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption, supporters of GM salmon claim it grows at twice the normal rate. The approval of GM salmon could open the floodgates for GM cows and pigs, which biotech companies are waiting in the wings to finally commercialize after years of research and development.

Not to be outdone by the FDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been busy for several years approving more GM crops. In 2010, the department announced it would allow unrestricted growing of GM alfalfa, which blocks farmers from the export market, since many countries won't accept GMO-contaminated crops. The USDA has also "partially deregulated" GM sugar beets and approved a new type of GM corn that is designed to be facilitate ethanol production, and is considering GM crops that are designed to work with more aggressive types of herbicides.

We can all agree that we should be able to know what's in the food that we're eating. Unfortunately, because we don't have labeling for foods with genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs), you don't know if the food you are eating has ingredients that have been altered in ways that could never happen in nature. 

Sign the petition above to ask your elected officials to require labeling for all genetically engineered foods.

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