July 29, 2014

Join the CFS Virtual Rally for the Right to Know and demand that Congress label GMOs

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GMO Tomatoes Join the CFS Virtual Rally for the Right to Know and demand that Congress label GMOs

by Ethan A. Huff
NaturalNews

(NaturalNews) On Saturday, March 26, 2011, the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a human and environmental health advocacy group, held its “Virtual Rally for the Right to Know” campaign. Tens of thousands of Americans rallied together both online and at events nationwide, and sent letters to Congress demanding that it pass legislation to require the labeling of foods containing genetically-modified organisms (GMO). More than 78,000 individuals have sent petition letters so far, and CFS still has an online form letter available that you can use to send a petition of your own right now.

As most NaturalNews readers already know, the US is one of the only major countries not to have some sort of law that requires GMOs to be labeled. And the corrupt US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is supposed to be looking out for the interests of the people rather than the drug and biotechnology companies, has blocked every effort at mandating GMO labeling. The agency has even gone so far as to make the insane claim that labeling GMOs would be “false, misleading [and] deceptive” (http://www.naturalnews.com/029168_G…).

Not only has the FDA decided that GMO labeling is out of the question, but it has even stated that food producers are actually the ones responsible for assuring the safety of GMOs, not the agency. Besides representing the utter insanity of the way the FDA thinks, such a statement is clearly nothing more than a lame excuse for the agency to bypass actually having to do its job in regulating the biotechnology companies that produce GMOs. By letting these companies regulate themselves, the FDA can instead spend its time harassing natural vitamin and supplement producers, which conveniently do not receive the same hands-off regulatory treatment that the drug and GMO industries do (http://www.naturalnews.com/the_FDA.html).

So it is time to sidestep the FDA and instead put immense pressure on Congress to do the right thing and pass a GMO labeling law. It would represent a first and significant step towards ultimately eliminating GMOs from the marketplace, as informed consumers are more than likely going to choose natural and organic varieties over GMOs if given the choice. Producers will then phase out GMOs because nobody will be buying them.

To submit your own petition letter to your Congressmen urging them to support and co-sponsor GMO labeling legislation, visit: https://secure3.convio.net/cfs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=262

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