Policy Plate: Just Label It
More than 1 million Americans are now on record demanding mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods so that consumers will know what they’re buying. The Just Label It campaign has submitted the signatures on a petition calling on the Food and Drug Administration to require labeling. Today (Tuesday) is the deadline for the FDA to respond. The Just Label It coalition – which includes the Environmental Working Group – also released poll results showing that Americans want to know what is in their food.
EWG President Ken Cook had this to say in The Boston Globe on the overwhelming response from consumers to the labeling issue:
‘Pink slime,’ deadly melons, tainted turkeys and BPA in our soup have put us all on notice that what we eat and feed our families is critically important.
Americans overwhelmingly demand safety, transparency and labeling of genetically engineered foods.
- Reuters reports that “scientists, environmentalists and farm advocates are pressing the question about whether rewards of the trend toward using more and more crop chemicals are worth the risks, as the agricultural industry strives to ramp up production to feed the world's growing population.”
- Sub-surface tiling – installing buried pipes to rapidly drain farm fields and increase yields – has severe environmental impacts, including drying up wetlands and increasing stream bank erosion. A Farm and Ranch Guide story notes that farmers used to be able to deduct 100 percent of the cost of tiling, but now can only deduct 50 percent. The question is, what impact will this have at a time when farmers are getting record high prices for their crops?
- A letter to the editors of the Des Moines Register calls notes that farm runoff and pollution threatens water quality, which is why Des Moines “has already built one of the largest nitrate removal facilities to treat the high levels of nitrates in the Raccoon River.” The letter urges readers to support programs to curb agricultural pollution.
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