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GE foods & the need for labeling
Since 1996, when the first genetically engineered crops were approved for commercial use, they have been extraordinarily successful in penetrating the marketplace.
Today, because of their dominance in corn and soy products, more than 70 percent of the processed foods we eat contain genetically engineered material. Yet many Americans are not aware of their presence in the marketplace.
As someone who has spent my entire adult life advocating for reduced use of toxic chemicals in our food, agriculture and environment, the proliferation of agrichemical usage associated with GE crops deeply concern me. This is why I decided to step down from my role as Stonyfield Farm’s CEO to advocate for mandatory federal labeling of GE foods and ingredients.
Despite assurances to Congress and regulators over the last two decades that GE crops would lead to less chemical usage, the opposite has happened. Between 1996 and 2011, herbicide use skyrocketed by 527 million pounds, because of the proliferation of crops engineered to be herbicide tolerant. This technology is a real moneymaker for the chemical companies who own the GE crop patents—they charge much more for the GE seeds, and then sell more herbicide to the farmers planting the seeds.
64 other nations around the world, including all of the EU, Russia and China, require labeling of genetically engineered foods. Independent polling in the U.S. shows that 93 percent of Americans support mandatory labeling.
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