Most Americans haven’t been told about some of the ingredients that are in the food they eat. So it's no wonder that 92% of Americans want to label genetically engineered foods. If more of us speak out about why we care about the food we put in our own bodies and in our children's bodies, then we can convince the FDA to change its policy. Watch this video, featuring celebrities like Michael J. Fox, Julie Bowen, Chevy Chase, Tom Colicchio and many more to hear why we have the right to know what’s in our food.
Teen GMO Awareness Activist Gets a Crack at TEDx
“Even a 15-year-old can research enough to realize when a corporation pays for or coordinates a study and hires a third party to keep them from looking biased.” -Rachel Parent
From the TEDxToronto YouTube description:
At a time when environmental factors are contributing so significantly to the agriculture industry, many farmers and corporations are turning to the use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and pesticides to sustain their crops.
Fifteen-year-old activist Rachel Parent believes that the use of these chemicals is negatively affecting our health, and that consumers have a right to know when theyve been used to modify ingredients in the food were buying on a daily basis. In her informative TEDxToronto talk, Rachel urges Canadian officials to make it mandatory for food manufacturers to list the use of GMOs in labelling, so we can make informed decisions as consumers.
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Furthermore, labeling is often required even for foods that are tested for safety when consumers have found the information to be important for informed choice. For example, foods must state on labels when they contain artificial colors and flavors. Unlike GMOs, which can be put into our foods without any safety testing at all, artificial colors and flavors must pass a battery of safety tests before they can be used in food. But their presence must still be declared on labels. Labeling GMOs is essential so doctors can trace problems, when they occur.
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