The True Food Movement is taking the lead in trying to enact change. We’re pretty sure that genetically modified food (GMOs) don’t really qualify as “true”.
At the very least, consumers should know what they’re eating. Food companies are required to list the ingredients on the side of the box and yet they aren’t required to list whether or not those ingredients have been genetically altered in anyway. But Big Agra has lots of lobbying money to spend and they’re using those dollars to keep food labeling off their products. Even though the European Union and many other countries require it. Even though studies are calling in to question the long-range health risks associated with GMOs.
Sometimes change has to come from the people because the politicians won’t pay attention otherewise. Our own Mike Gioscia (aka, The Green Dad) has become a leader in spreading the word about what we consumers can do to enact change. He’s been very engaged in efforts such as the March Against Monsanto and trying to get state legislatures to pass laws requiring the labeling of GMO foods.
In fact, the state legislatures in both Connecticut and Maine in just the past 10 days have passed GMO labeling bills to that effect and the governors are expected to sign them into law. This is the start, but more still needs to be done.
On May 25th, Mike joined hundreds of other concerned citizens for the March Against Monsanto at the State House in Boston. He wrote about the event as well as spoke with many of the nationwide march organizers about what this movement means and why it’s so important. His piece ran on edible South Shore and we’re happy to share it with you.
Are you concerned about GMOs? Do you want to get involved? Let us know and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with organizers so you can find out what you can do where you live!