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.
Big food and biotechnology companies and trade associations have reported spending $51.6 million over the first half of this year, some or all of which went to lobby for legislation that would block state and federal agencies from requiring food companies to label products that contain GMO ingredients, according to new analysis by EWG.
Will consumers view a GMO label on food packages as a “warning?"Read More
Legislation dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act, passed the House of Representatives today, but the fight for a more transparent food industry is only just beginning, EWG’s Scott Faber said following the vote.Read More
The hysterical arguments being made by some food companies to fight GMO labeling should sound familiar: they’ve made the same claims to combat food safety and food labeling laws for decades.
It’s getting harder and harder for opponents of GMO labeling to ignore the mushrooming opposition to the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, or DARK Act. This anti-environment and anti-farmworker bill would block states and local governments from passing GMO labeling laws to give Americans more information about their food. More than 300 organizations, companies, food industry and social justice leaders are working together to defeat this legislation, which Big Food and Big Ag are spending millions to pass.
New surveys show that citizens in six key states overwhelmingly support mandatory labeling for foods containing genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs.Read More
An EWG survey of athletic fields and parks in a six-state sample of small-town America shows that more than 90 percent of these recreational areas are within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field where two toxic weed killers could well be sprayed, meaning that anyone playing there is likely to be exposed. More than 56 percent were within 200 feet.
When Congress votes this week on legislation to block GMO labeling, far more will be hanging in the balance than the simple question of whether consumers will be allowed to know whether their food was produced with a novel – and still largely unproven – technology.
One of the world’s leading experts on cancer risk, Dr. Christopher Portier, told an international conference in London this week that he is certain that glyphosate, the weed killer most commonly used with genetically engineered crops or “GMOs,” can damage human DNA in ways that could lead to cancer.
The anti-labeling DARK Act sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.) is now also an anti-environment, anti-farmworker and anti-public health bill. The latest version could rip more than 100 laws from the books of 43 states as they pertain to genetically engineered crops, or “GMOs.”
Genetically engineered crops, commonly called “GMOs,” have led to an explosion in the use of toxic weed killers linked to cancer and other health problems – and people in America’s heartland are most at risk of exposure.
Advocates for mandatory GMO labeling today denounced the House Agriculture Committee’s vote to approve legislation that has come to be known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (or DARK) Act, calling it an egregious example of government overreach.Read More
Americans want to know what’s in their food and how it’s grown.
This week the House Agriculture Committee is expected to mark up and vote on a bill that would take away the right of states to label food with genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs. According to EWG, the latest draft of the measure shows it to be a bad bill that keeps getting worse.Read More
The White House's call to update the system evaluating the safety of crops and food produced by genetic engineering is a foundation for building a more transparent food system that includes mandatory GMO labeling, according to the Environmental Working Group.Read More
The decision by an organization of the world’s leading cancer experts to classify the herbicide 2,4-D as a possible carcinogen underscores the risk posed by the U.S. government’s recent approval of 2,4-D for use on genetically engineered, or GMO, crops, EWG said in a statement.Read More
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) doesn’t seem to understand his own anti-GMO labeling bill. During a hearing on a new version of H.R. 1599, Pompeo argued that his bill – which critics have called the DARK act, for Deny Americans the Right to Know -- to block state GMO labeling laws would allow companies to continue to make voluntary claims that their products don’t contain GMO ingredients.