Dear Green American,
Right now, we have the chance to overhaul the way genetically engineered (GE) crops and animals are regulated—or, rather, not regulated—in the US.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Agriculture (USDA) are charged with ensuring the safety of GE foods sold in the United States based on the so-called Coordinated Framework of 1986.
Unfortunately, the last thirty years has proved this system to be anything but coordinated, and in fact, a total failure. The agencies continue to ignore the risks and properties of GMOs and instead try to regulate them using contradictory, outdated, and voluntary regulatory standards. As a result, GE crops’ significant harms to farmers, public health, and the environment continue, unabated.
Now is our chance to fix this broken system. The Administration is accepting public comments on how GMOs should be regulated. Send your comment today!
Incredibly, FDA “regulation” is only voluntary – leaving genetically engineered foods on the US market without independent testing for risks to human health. Nor is labeling required, leaving consumers in the dark about whether their food is genetically engineered. That means companies like Monsanto are determining what is safe to eat.
USDA is supposed to protect farmers and the environment, but has intentionally ignored the harms that GE crops cause, like transgenic contamination, the creation of resistant “super” weeds, and massive increases in pesticides.
And though herbicide-resistant GE crops make up the vast majority of all commercialized GE crops in the United States, the EPA still does not evaluate the environmental risks of these varieties and their accompanying pesticides.
Take action: Demand real regulation and testing of GMOs. (When taking action, choose "Science and Technology" for the subject area.)
Farmers, consumers, and the environment are the victims as corporations continue to make billions of dollars off of GMOs and the toxic chemicals that go with them. And, we don’t even have the right to know which foods are full of GMOs and related toxins.
This mixed-up system means the responsibility of protecting our food system is falling through the cracks.
Tell the Obama Administration you want mandatory labeling, testing, and liability of GE foods!
Food Campaigns Coordinator
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