Did you know that 89% of Republicans are in favor of labeling GMOs?
An entire 93% of Democrats, and 90% of Independents are also in favor of labeling GMO products—in our country, this kind of unanimity of opinion regardless of political persuasions is rare.
On October 12, 2011, the Just Label It organization submitted a record-breaking petition of one million signatures in favor of labeling GMOs to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Today, March 27th is the day that the FDA is required to respond to the decision—though the FDA is unlikely to change its position, 20 different states are considering their own state legislation that would require GMO foods to be labeled.
To date, the entire European Union, Japan and Australia have largely banned GMO foods. Other countries, such as Brazil, Russia and even China mandate GMO foods to be labeled.
Worse yet, though when explained, most Americans are at least in favor of labeling GMO products, only 28 percent of Americans were aware that GMO food is not labeled in the United States. Another 1 percent of this 28 percent did not know that most of these GMOs are found in processed foods, rather than whole foods.
It is important to educate everyone—whether they are old, young, mothers, fathers, children, or any other kind of eater—about the realities of the changing food system, and how supporting organic food and farmers helps create a viable alternative to GMO products.