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Gary Hirshberg discusses the case for mandatory federal labeling of genetically engineered foods. He argues that the federal government’s failure to establish transparency about these foods is a breach in their responsibility to we, the people. Moreover, he believes that we all have a part in inciting the government to label genetically engineered foods. See Gary’s full bio here.
Video Length: 00:12:53
Publications & Reports
Reports & Studies
- Genetically Engineered Food: An Overview, Food & Water Watch, May 2012.
A comprehensive guide that provides an excellent background to the discussion of genetically engineered (GE) foods. It covers what the terminology “genetically engineered” entails; which crops are genetically engineered; and explores the safety risks of consuming GE foods.
- Consumer Resources, Just Label It, web resource page.
An online compilation of reports and studies from various sources, offering a wealth of information to consumers about genetically modified foods and related topics.
- Consumers Union Documents, Consumers Union, web resource page.
Documents from the Consumers Union on research and advocacy efforts for genetically modified foods and the labeling issue.
- GMO Foods, Environmental Working Group, web resource page.
A collection of articles, blog posts and research to provide consumers with information on genetically modified foods issues and advocacy.
- Pre-discussion: Take a look around your kitchen. Consider the items you purchase regularly, which populate your fridge and pantry. Search for any items that contain labeling about GE (genetically engineered) or no GE ingredients. Corn and soybeans are the most common GE crops, and many products in the U.S. that contain these as ingredients are GE. How often do you see these ingredients on labels in your pantry and fridge? How does this impact your feelings towards GE foods and labeling?
- Why does the government mandate and regulate nutrition information on our food? How important is nutrition labeling to you as a consumer? How does that relate to the labeling of genetically modified ingredients in our food supply?
- As discussed in Gary’s talk, 64 other countries around the world require labeling of genetically modified foods, including 28 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and China. Why does the U.S. stand apart on this issue? What are potential strategies to make the U.S. join those 64 other nations in mandating GM food labeling?
- Discuss potential alternatives to relying on genetically modified foods to feed the world’s population.
- Learn more about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and take action for labelling at http://www.labelgmos.org/.
- Want to use your purchasing power to make a powerful statement for labeling GE foods? Use Whole Food’s “How to Shop If You’re Avoiding GMOs” to only buy non-GMO.
- Express your concerns with your local restaurants and markets. Tell owners your concerns about eating GE foods, and ask them to sell foods/products that are non-GMO certified.
- Stay up to date on the political fight for State Labeling Initiatives and take action on current initiatives and petitions.
- Comment. It takes only 30 seconds to tell the FDA that you have the right to know what’s in your food.
- Eat fresh. While some produce is genetically modified, most GMOs will be found in processed foods containing soy and corn. Eat more fresh vegetables and unprocessed foods. Your body will thank you and you will avoid genetically modified foods.
- Go to Change Food’s Tumblr site to share and give us feedback on your experiences.