Just Label It Campaign: Working towards Greater Transparency

By Hank Pin - Agricultural Economic Justice Intern
December 16, 2011

Have you ever wondered where the food on your table comes from? Chances are, you are eating some sort of genetically-modified food without knowing it. Currently, 75% of the processed food that we eat contains genetically modified materials, compared to none twenty years ago. No research has been done to show the long-term health and environmental effects that genetically engineered (GE) crops have.  Currently, 93% of the Americans believe that GE food should be labeled. Yet to this day, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has refuse to mandate labeling of GE food. We have been eating GE food without us knowing it[1]. Isn’t that a frightening thought?

The Missionary Society of St. Columban has been concerned about the issue of genetically modified organisms for more than a decade. Several members have taken active roles in espousing problems with GE food and industrial agriculture giants.

The Just Label It! Campaign, started out by Organic Voices in the spring of 2011, is an initiative demanding the labeling of GE food. With numerous partnering organizations, the campaign seeks to file a legal petition demanding the FDA to label our food. We have a right to know what is in our food. We should not be part of the giant experiment without our knowledge! You can learn more about the campaign, the petition, and what you can do at:  http://justlabelit.org/

[1] http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2011/11/22/ED4S1M1FJB.DTL