This post was created as part of the Just Label It campaign in which I am a financially compensated Labeling Advocate. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.
Like most homesteaders GMO’s are a topic I am pretty passionate about, so when the opportunity to be an advocate for the Just Label It #ConcealOrReveal campaign came up I jumped at the chance! For more of my thoughts on GMO’s themselves you can check out this post I wrote for my friend Tracee at Happy2BAHomemaker.
But today we’re going to talk about something else entirely. Today we’re gonna talk about labeling. In my life I’m not at a point where I can grow 100% of our food. As a suburban homesteader I just don’t have that ability…yet! But until I get to that point I still need to go to the grocery store and by some staples for our family.
I’m incredible conscious of the food choices I make for our family. Whenever possible I buy locally raised foods. When that isn’t possible I always looks for the most sustainably and safely grown options. Reading and understanding labels is the most important thing I do in the store.
Because there is no regulated labeling for GMO’s I can’t tell just by looking at a container. Some companies voluntarily label their GMO free products, but none choose the opposite. I have no idea what is hiding in those boxes.
Since we try hard to live a sustainable life we work hard to avoid GMO’s. Since the advent of GMO’s in the late 80’s and their mass production in the 90’s we’ve had some startling facts come to life:
- Most GMO crops introduced in the last 20 years have been engineered to be herbicide resistant. Thus, farmers can use more of the chemicals without injuring their crops.
- The World Health Organization recently labeled the primary herbicide encouraged by GMO crops as probably carcinogenic.
- Increased herbicide use, promoted by the planting of GMO crops, has been so severe that according to the U.S. Geological Survey, 60-100 percent of the rain in Midwest farming communities now contains herbicides.
- GMOs thus result in millions of pounds of probable carcinogens in our air and water.
- And, just as the overuse of antibiotics has caused resistance to some bacteria, herbicide overuse has created resistant weeds on 70 million acres, resulting in the use of stronger and even more dangerous herbicides. This is called the chemical treadmill.
Quaker is a company that, like many other people, I grew up on! Their advertising shows such a wholesome and honest image, but at the same time Quaker, and their parent company PepsiCo, have spent 8 million dollars fighting against mandatory GMO labeling.
Hard to be seen as honest when you stand for less informed consumers!
Rather than support mandatory and consistent GMO labeling Quaker has joined with other big food/big ag companies to support a bill we call the DARK act- because it would Deny Americans the Right to Know whether their food has been genetically engineered.
We should never be scared of more information. We should never take choices away from the consumer. And we should stand behind the consumers’ right to know what they are buying.
We need to ban together and show the big companies, starting with Quaker, that we demand the right to know what we are serving our families. We need to show them that we have a voice and we aren’t afraid to use it. We need to show them that they can be at the forefront of this movement rather than hiding!
Let your voice stand forward, sign the petition asking Quaker to support mandatory FDA regulated labeling of GMO’s and to stop their multi-million dollar funding of the anti-labeling efforts. Ask them to take a stand and be on the right side of history on this issue.
Add your name to the Conceal or Reveal campaign petition and share this message with your friends and families. No one person can do it all, but when we stand together we can be an immovable force for change. Join with 92% of Americans who believe that GMO labeling should be mandatory.