One million Americans tell FDA: We want to know what’s in our food

Staff Report

The Just Label It (JLI) Campaign announced that 1 million Americans have signed a petition telling the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to label genetically engineered (GE) foods. Along with this news, the campaign announced a new national survey showing that Americans across the political spectrum were united in support of labeling food that has been genetically engineered.

Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, a JLI partner, called attention to items such as pink slime in processed meat, deadly melons, tainted turkeys, and BPA in soup, all of which have raised concerns among the public. He called on the FDA to restore public confidence in our food system.

Since October, JLI (, the national campaign to require GE-food labeling and its 500-plus partner organizations have solicited public comments for a GE-foods labeling petition. March 27 was the date the FDA was required to respond to the petition. In less than 180 days, the record number of 1 million comments was accumulated.

However, as of March 30, as reported by Kurt Nimmo on, the FDA sided with Monsanto and said it had not made a decision and “needs more time to think it over. It also said the petition with over a million signatures — far larger than any other the agency has ever received — counts as only one signature.”

“The agency says that if 35,000 people, for instance, sign their name to the same form letter, it only counts as one person or ‘comment.’ And if tens of thousands sign a petition, they are only counted as one ‘comment,’ too,” reported the Chicago Tribune.

The Mellman Group, which conducted a survey for JLI, found that consumer support for GE-food labeling in the U.S. is nearly unanimous. The survey found that Democrats favored it by 93 percent, Independents by 90 percent, and Republicans by 89 percent.

Just Label It (JLI) is a national coalition of 500 diverse organizations dedicated to the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, also called genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. For updated information, visit the Just Label It website (

Nimmo’s report concluded, “Every major poll on genetically engineered food labeling is overwhelmingly supported by Americans despite efforts by Monsanto and the GMO industry to convince them otherwise.”

From the April 11-17, 2012, issue

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