Label It Yourself: Grassroots Campaign to Label GM Food Label It Yourself: Grassroots Campaign to Label GM Food
- Most Read
Seth Meyers Absolutely Destroys Trump Over Birther Claimsby Eric Pfeiffer
Harvard Study Confirms The Media Tore Down Clinton, Built Up Trump And Sandersby Carter Maness
Obama Shuts Down Trump For Saying Black Americans Have “Never Been Worse Off”by Kate Ryan
‘Letter from a Freedman to His Old Master’by Tod Perry
The Dalai Lama's Donald Trump Impression Is Spot Onby Kate Ryan
Hyperlapse Video Shows What It’s Like To Run Through The Seasonsby Tod Perry
NASA’s List Of The Best Air-Filtering Houseplantsby Tod Perry
High School Quarterback Gives Homecoming Crown To Friend With Cerebral Palsyby Tod Perry
Alanis Morissette And James Corden Sing An Updated Version of ‘Ironic’by Tod Perry
Label It Yourself: Grassroots Campaign to Label GM Food
by Adele Peters
California’s Prop 37 would have required food companies to label groceries with genetically modified ingredients. Despite 4 million votes in favor of the initiative, it didn’t pass ($45 million in advertising from Monsanto and other food giants probably swayed voters a little). Now what? Label it Yourself, a grassroots organization, thinks citizens should take labeling into their own hands.
Label it Yourself’s website explains which foods to label (non-organic corn, non-organic soy, and non-organic cottonseed oil are a few of the likely suspects). They also provide labels to download and a template to make your own. Is the labeling legal? Probably not. But it’s definitely an effective way to get a shopper’s attention.
The campaign says its goal is helping consumers make better decisions:
The Label It Yourself (LIY) campaign is not intended to disparage anyone’s personal food choices. It is about bringing attention to the lack of transparency on the part of corporations and our government when it comes to the food we buy and eat. In order for us to make informed decisions about the food we put in our bodies, we need to know what’s in it and how it’s produced!
What’s wrong with GM food? While many GM crops are new and the impacts aren’t yet fully understood, genetic engineering has been linked to allergies, reduced nutrition, creating “superweeds,” harming soil quality, and reducing biodiversity, to name a few problems. And the promises that GM food would help increase yields and reduce water demand haven’t been met. Consumers should be able to know what they're buying.