More than 60 nations require labeling of genetically modified 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 modified.
Genetically modified 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 GMO 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 GMO food labeling, labeling initiatives have been introduced in more than 30 states, and three states have passed labeling laws.
American growers sprayed 280 million pounds of glyphosate on their crops in 2012, according to U.S. Geological Survey data. That amounts to nearly a pound of glyphosate for every person in the country.
The use of glyphosate on farmland has skyrocketed since the mid-1990s, when biotech companies introduced genetically engineered crop varieties (often called GMOs) that can withstand being blasted with glyphosate. Since then, agricultural use of the herbicide has increased 16-fold.Read More
In response to the World Health Organization’s decision to classify the weed-killer glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” Monsanto’s top executive pulled out the rhetorical machine guns, launching an all-out attack against the prestigious international health agency and its scientists.Read More
Ignoring the World Health Organization’s conclusion that the crop chemical glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” the Environmental Protection Agency has approved the glyphosate-containing herbicide Enlist Duo for agricultural use in nine more states. It had previously been approved for use on genetically engineered crops in six states.
A Washington Post editorial this week (March 30) came out in support of legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) that would block states from requiring that genetically engineered foods (often called GMOs) be labeled and codify a voluntary labeling system that has never worked.
A report released today by Environmental Working Group delivers a stinging rebuke to conventional agribusiness’ argument that genetically modified crops are the answer to future global food shortages. A thorough analysis of recent research conducted in the United States and around the world shows that genetically engineered crops (often called GE or GMOs) have not significantly improved the yields of crops such as corn and soy.Read More
Growing food takes a major toll on the environment, one that will grow worse in the coming decades as humanity faces the challenge of feeding a burgeoning population.Read More
We the undersigned organizations strongly urge the Environmental Protection Agency to weigh heavily the decision last week by the World Health Organization to categorize glyphosate (trade name “Roundup®”) as “probably carcinogenic to humans”Read More
At a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee this week, opponents of mandatory labeling of GMO foods trotted out the now familiar argument that genetically engineered crops are the key to feeding Earth’s mushrooming population.
A bill expected to be introduced today by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) would block states from requiring labeling on genetically modified food, and also hamper any U.S. Food and Drug Administration efforts to mandate labeling nationwide, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.Read More
Tomorrow morning, the House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the impact of GMO labeling on food prices.Read More
Glyphosate – the active herbicide in the widely used Monsanto’s Roundup and Dow Agrosciences Enlist Duo weedkillers – is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” a working group of scientists at the World Health Organization announced today.Read More