Do we have a right to know what's in the foods we're buying? The obvious answer should be yes, but the processed-foods industry has been tireless in its attempts to block legislation that calls for mandatory labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Today, Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio took the fight to the Senate, presenting a petition signed by 4,053 chefs nationwide (as well as in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and asking the Senate to reject S. 2609, a bill proposed by Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas. The bill would make GMO labeling voluntary instead of required; it's the newest version of Senator Roberts' much-reviled DARK act.
The petition, authored by Colicchio, was presented on Capitol Hill by Food Policy Action, an organization he co-founded. “Senator Roberts’ misguided bill ignores the voices of Americans who want information about what’s in their food and how it’s grown,” Colicchio said in a quote on Food Policy Action's site. The organization states that 90 percent of consumers are for the mandatory labeling of GMOs. The Senate could vote on the bill by next week.
Read the complete petition here.
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