Help pass a GMO labeling law here in Massachusetts

More than 90% of Americans support labeling genetically modified foods (commonly referred to as "GMOs"). Yet while some grocery chains, like Whole Foods, have pledged to label their store-brand products, for the most part consumers are still left in the dark. Labeling GMOs shouldn't be the exception -- it should be the law. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. The science is still out. There is no scientific consensus on the safety of genetically engineered foods, and documented environmental risks include the promotion of "superweeds, superbugs."[1]

2. They're designed for increased pesticide use. 99% of GMO crops are designed to withstand increasing applications of herbicides, to produce their own pesticide, or both. Chemicals herbicides like RoundUp have been linked to serious health impacts.[2]

3. Everyone else is doing it. Sixty four countries require GMO food labeling.[3]

4. There's little independent testing. The federal government does not perform or require independent safety testing before genetically engineered foods wind up on store shelves.[4]

5. It's a basic consumer right. We should know what's in the food we eat, what we are feeding our families, and what kind of agriculture we're supporting with our food purchases.

Please support the
Genetic Engineering Transparency Food
and Seed Labeling Act, H.D. 369
Chief sponsors: Representatives Ellen Story and Todd Smola,
Senators Joan Lovely and Bruce Tarr

[1], [2], [4] Antoniou, Michael, Claire Robinson and John Fagan. GMO Myths and Truths : An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops. London: Earth Open Source, 2014 (2nd Edition, Version 1.0).
[3] Center for Food Safety. International labeling laws.