NOFA-NJ Supports State Bill to Label Genetically Engineered Foods
Jan 07, 2014 04:23PM
Corn is processed into a multitude of food products including starch, sweeteners, corn oil and beverages and it has been estimated that 70-75% of all grocery store products contain at least one genetically modified ingredient. Because of the prevalence of soy and corn in processed foods, about 30,000 genetically modified food products sit on US grocery store shelves. You have almost certainly consumed GE foods, whether you knew it or not and that’s because there are no mandatory labeling laws in the State of New Jersey. If you’re looking to stay away from GM0s, look to buy food labeled 100% organic or GMO free and make sure your meat and eggs are from 100% grass-fed or pasture-fed animals (not grain finished, unless you know it’s organic grain).
While the potential health risks and environmental impact of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are being debated, NOFA-NJ has been working hard to educate the public about GMO foods and working aggressively with our partners GMO Free NJ and Food & Water Watch in Trenton to get legislation past requiring genetically modified food to be labeled for consumers. If you wish to be a part of our efforts please join our Public Policy and Advocacy Committee.
To read more about GMO and food labeling go to Why GMO Food Labeling Matters at http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/218656-why-gmo-labeling-matters/.