Stars Speak Out for GMO Labeling

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Can you guess what Chevy Chase said about GMOs? Or “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen?

Some pretty famous folks have gotten together to raise awareness about food labeling in a new video from Just Label It. Set to the music of reggae star Ziggy Marley, the new video showcases several artists, actors, chefs and food activists proudly proclaiming the right to know what’s in their food.

After last week’s disappointing loss for Prop 37 in California, attention has turned to the Just Label It campaign, whose focus is on fighting for mandatory national labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. With Congress back in session and President Obama re-elected to a second term, we’re ramping up the campaign, and have launched this video in an effort to reach new supporters and engage them in this fight.

The time is certainly now to get this message out. Genetically engineered salmon, herbicide-resistant corn and never-browning apples are moving fast through the approval pipeline, and pesticide use is skyrocketing across the United States. Concerns about the transparency surrounding GE foods and the lack of long-term testing on the health and environmental effects of the food are only increasing. Perhaps most astounding is the fact that citizens in over 60 countries worldwide already require mandatory labeling of GE foods, including the European Union, Japan, Russia and China.

Just Label It has been petitioning the FDA since last September to update its 20-year-old voluntary guidelines and require labeling for GE foods. Today, more than 1.2 million Americans have joined the petition, and a national poll has shown that nine out of every 10 Americans support GE food labeling.

Perhaps musician Jack Johnson (who also appears in the video) says it best, “We are what we eat, so we should know what we’re eating.”

It’s that simple.

Bottom line: All Americans have the right to know about our food, and it’s time we make sure our country’s leaders recognize this.

Do you believe in GE and GM labeling? Have you signed the Just Label It petition yet?

Photo Credit: Just Label It