Friday, February 20, 2015

What we can do together

Food & Water Watch
Thanks for Being Part of the Movement to Protect our Food and Water
Take Action and Protect Your Right to Know What You're Eating
We All Have the Right to Good Food
Boy eating salad

I wanted to let you know that you're doing something great. It may not feel like much, but by taking action with Food & Water Watch, you're part of a movement fighting against corporations that are bent on profiting off the food and water that we all rely on. We believe in the power of people to take on corporate interests, so I hope you'll fight for your right to know what's in your food.

The systems that bring us our food and water are broken, driven by profit rather than the common good. For example: massive corporations like Monsanto are spreading their patented, genetically engineered foods (commonly known as GMOs) far and wide. New GMO crops are being approved all the time, and when farmers plant GMO seeds, it's corporations that profit the most.

And it gets worse: genetically engineered foods aren't required to be labeled — so even though they're all around us, it's impossible to avoid them. We want to change that. Tell Congress you want them to require labels on genetically engineered foods, because you have the right to know what you're eating.

Here's the thing. Corporations like Monsanto may be more powerful than any one of us, but they'll never be more powerful than all of us together. When you take action, you're joining hundreds of thousands of other concerned citizens fighting for their food.

Labeling GMOs just makes sense. Food labels already tell us how much fat and sugar we're eating. They should tell us if our food is engineered, too. That way, we can make educated choices about what we feed our families. Tell your members of Congress that you want labels on genetically engineered foods.

Genetically engineered foods haven't been proven safe: most safety testing has been done by the very companies that created them. That's a clear conflict of interest. And these crops are designed to be used with lots and lots of chemicals: patented pesticides and herbicides like Roundup that wind up polluting our water and even leave traces on our food. We need labels so we can choose whether to eat GMO foods or not.

Thanks again for standing up,

Sarah Alexander
Deputy Organizing Director
Food & Water Watch

P.S. Genetic engineering isn't the only threat that faces our food and water. Food & Water Watch is mobilizing concerned citizens like you to fight the toxic practice of fracking, protect our water from private takeovers, reform the Farm Bill, stop harmful factory farming practices and more. We're built from the ground up on the power of people — we don't take funding from corporations or the government — which means there's nothing we value more than supporters like you.

But, one thing at a time. Will you take a minute right now and support GMO labeling?