Friday, March 09, 2007

Feel Like a Guinea Pig?

Genetically engineered materials are slipping into the foods we eat here in the United States. I have had guests from Europe ask if the foods I serve are genetically modified, and I cannot always answer. Although I shop for cereals at the health food store, not everything is labeled. I myself am worried about this new development. At the very least, genetically altered foods should be labeled, so the public can make informed decisions on what to buy. If you feel the same way, go to this Web site and speak up in favor of the “Genetically Altered Foods Right to Know Act” sponsored by Barbara Boxer (D-CA). At the very least, foods should have labels. The Campaign Web site contains a good summary of the situation. Manufacturers of soybeans and corn are among the worst offenders, so always check those labels before you buy. I researched some cereals at the health food store on Main Street in Orleans (where, by the way, any health food practioners will want to shop before proceeding on to Wellfleet). Nature’s Path was one of the only companies that cared enough to be up front with information.

The purity of organic foods is at risk. The Campaign also has a page where you can take action with regard to organic foods, under attack by cross-pollination from biotech crops.

European Union nations, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and China require labeling of genetically engineered foods. We should, too. Please tell friends about The Campaign. Thanks!