Should genetically engineered foods be labeled? I believe they should. If we are what we eat, then we should have the right to know and the ability to choose what we are eating. In the Communicating with New Media class, we are learning about capitalism and the attitude some companies have about earning money now without careful analysis over the future of possible problems. How much do you trust your health or the health of your children to the food companies that are out to make a profit now?
I worry about cancers like colon cancer and how much if any of that is related to the processed foods that we are eating? My girlfriend had colon cancer at 40. My father-in-law died from it, as had many people. I don’t want to experiment with my family’s health and by the time we find out there is a problem it is often too late.
As the Huffington Post article, The High Tech Hijacking of GMO Food Labeling, states we should have the right to know about the food we are purchasing and eating. And then we can make the choice. The article says that more than 90 percent of American’s are for labeling our food to show if it has been genetically engineered.
In the website Common Dreams, they announced that Campbell soups are now support labeling their products. The Campbell Company states that GMO’s are safe, although some disagree, I applaud their transparency, because that is what I want, the ability to choose for myself. It is up to all of us to research and decide for ourselves what we bring into our homes and feed our families.
A place that I found to be a great start to my research was the site Just Label It. There is a page on their website that discusses the DARK Act, an anti-GMO labeling bill that passed the House of Representatives in 2015. Also, are you eating livestock that has been raised on genetically modified grains? They talk about the rise of superweeds in fields with modified crops that are resistant to herbicides. Their website has a bright yellow take action button about sharing how you feel on labeling GMO’s in our food, by voicing your opinion to the FDA, Congress, and big food companies.
I believe our food should be labeled. Do you?