Whether it's from my old college professor in Biology of Nutrition and Fitness or my nutrition-minded mother I've been pretty conscious of food labeling, or the lack thereof.
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a rule that would allow gene-altered milk or meat to be sold without the proper labeling. This would involve dangerous genetic engineering with animals and we don't know the repercussions or danger this could cause. My friend Linda, over at Forced Green wrote about the same proposal. Her frustration is legitimately apparent as she declares, "the FDA is going to set into motion rules that keep the consumers in the blind about what they are going to buy, cook and eat by not requiring the labeling of these products." I couldn't agree more. Ignorance isn't bliss, especially when it comes to what we're eating and our health.
Bill Freese, science policy analyst with the Center for Food Safety says that 90% of consumers want identifying labels on genetically modified foods. However, it doesn't seem to matter--U.S. laws don't require them.
With that being said there is a petition you can sign to prevent gene-altered food. However, you must sign it before October 31st. If you're moved, I urge you to at least check out the facts, think about what we could be dealing with and then sign the petition.