Without getting into the benefits and drawbacks of genetically modified food, I think it’s safe to say that most of use want to know what we are getting into when we eat. Or more precisely, what is getting into us.
Below is a petition written by Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and Gary Hirshberg, Chairman of Stonyfield Farm.
The FDA is on the brink of approving genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. This would be the first genetically engineered animal on supermarket shelves in the United States. The salmon is engineered to produce growth hormones year-round that cause the fish to grow at twice the normal rate. The government already requires labels to tell us if fish is wild-caught or farm-raised â€“ don’t we also have a right to know if our salmon is genetically engineered? Without labels, we’ll never know.
More than forty countries, including Russia and China, already require labels on genetically engineered foods. As Americans, we firmly believe that we deserve the same right to know what we are eating.
That’s why we hope you’ll join us and over half a million other Americans in telling the FDA to require labels on genetically engineered foods.
Eric Schlosser is the author of Fast Food Nation and a producer of the documentary Food, Inc. Gary Hirshberg is the Chairman of Stonyfield Farm and an advocate for sustainable food.