Friday, February 22, 2013

Yes On 522

Yes On 522

About Yes On 522

We have a right to know what's in our food.
We have the right to an informed choice.

Polls consistently show that the vast majority of the public, typically more than ninety percent, wants to know if their food was produced using genetic engineering. Without disclosure, consumers of genetically engineered food unknowingly may violate their own dietary and religious restrictions.
GMOs are not proven safe and the long-term health risks on humans of genetically engineered foods have not been investigated adequately. Accumulating research has prompted a growing number of countries to require mandatory labeling.

49 countries have mandatory labeling laws, including China, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Sweden and other nations in the European Union. Many have bans or other restrictions against GMO crops and foods.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require safety assessments and does not review all GMO products entering the market.  The developers of GMOs determine themselves whether their products are safe or "warrant analytical or toxicological tests."

Even if companies admit there are safety questions, "consultations" are voluntary. If companies decide to talk to the FDA, they can present only summaries of their data. Corporate studies are protected as trade secrets, so they're not available for public review.

The FDA does not review GMO food crops that produce pesticides in every cell of the plant, including the parts we eat. These GMO food plants are registered pesticides at EPA.

What are GMOs?

GMOs are Genetically Modified Organisms.  GMO foods, also known as genetically engineered foods are created by taking DNA from one species and forcing it into other unrelated species - mixing plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes in combinations that cannot occur in nature and are experimental. Foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not the same as those created through traditional breeding techniques.

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