Genetically engineered foods -- also called genetically modified organisms or GMOs -- are plants and animals that have been genetically altered in a lab. Scientists take a gene from one animal, plant or bacterium and insert it into another -- for the sake of advantages like better weather tolerance, faster growth or increased pesticide resistance.
But many of these genetic changes haven't been adequately tested -- and various environmental problems have been well documented, from biodiversity loss and an overall increase in pesticide use to the emergence of "superweeds" and unintentional contamination of non-engineered and organic crops.
And 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 whims and 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. This bill aims to end the policy of keeping consumers in the dark about our food.
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.
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Please take action by Dec. 13, 2013.
Photo of genetically modified banana courtesy Flickr/Antoine Couturier.
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