More than 60 nations require labeling of genetically engineered food. But American consumers are left in the dark without the basic right to know if the food they eat or feed their families has been genetically engineered.
Genetically engineered foods were introduced to the public in the 1990’s. Today, they can be found in more than 75 percent of our food supply.
Independent polls show that more than 90 percent of Americans of all political stripes support labeling GE food. Momentum for labeling requirements continues to grow. Nearly 1.4 million Americans have joined a petition urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require GE food labeling, labeling initiatives have been introduced in more than 30 states, and three states have passed labeling laws.
Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook today called on the Grocery Manufacturers Association to fully disclose which member companies contributed money to the secretive and potentially illegal contribution scheme under Washington State’s campaign finance laws.Read More
Companies that donated funds to oppose ballot initiatives to require the labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are facing new pressure from shareholders to stay out of future elections.Read More
Environmental Working Group (EWG) today called out the big food lobbying group, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), for dropping an additional $5 million into a campaign to defeat a popular Washington state referendum initiative to label genetically engineered food. Recent polling shows the measure is supported by the majority of people in the state, who want the same right to know that exists in over 60 countries around the world.Read More
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) helped to protect the safety of food today by stripping a controversial rider that would have given Monsanto and other agrichemical companies a backdoor approval for genetically engineered (GE) crops, Environmental Working Group said in a statement.Read More
Studies show that labeling genetically engineered foods won't result in big changes in consumers' buying choices at the store, but they say overwhelmingly that they want the information.Read More
The Alliance for Food and Farming, which is run out of a P.O. box in Watsonville, Calif., claims to extol the health benefits of consuming both conventional and organic produce and maintains that its members include both conventional and organic farmers.Read More
Environmental Working Group applauds Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) for introducing the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, bipartisan legislation that would require food manufacturers to clearly label genetically engineered (GE) foods.
For EWG and its legion of supporters, last week was all about food on Capitol Hill.Read More
Environmental Working Group applauds food retailer Whole Foods Market for its decision to label any foods sold in its U.S. and Canadian stores that contain genetically engineered ingredients by 2018. Whole Foods Market is the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full transparency for GE foods (also known as GMOs).Read More
Environmental Working Group and Organic Voices will collaborate to highlight the benefits of organic food and advance the fight for labeling food that contains genetically engineered ingredients, the two organizations announced today.Read More
Some of the word’s biggest food and beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to defeat California’s Proposition 37, the GMO labeling initiative, claiming it would deceive consumers. Yet federal regulators have forced these companies to remove labels and advertisements on grounds they were deceptive.Read More
At 8:00pm tonight KQED-FM will re-air the only major debate to date on California’s Proposition 37 to label GMO foods.Read More
Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, will join other experts at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club at 6 p.m. tonight for a debate on California ballot initiative Proposition 37, to require a label for foods made with genetically engineered ingredients. Tickets are still available.Read More
Americans eat their weight yearly in genetically engineered food, much of it created by large chemical and pesticide companies funding an expensive ad campaign to defeat the common-sense Proposition 37 to label genetically engineered foods in California.Read More
Pesticide and chemical companies battling California’s Proposition 37, to require labeling of genetically engineered foods, are telling Californians these genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe and no different from food grown naturally. But at least one corporation is delivering a very different message to corn farmers.Read More
Americans are eating their weight and more in genetically engineered food every year, a new Environmental Working Group analysis of recent government data shows. EWG calculates that people eat an average of 193 pounds of genetically engineered food over a 12-month period. That’s more than the typical U.S. adult weight of 179 pounds.Read More