Here’s a something I’d like you to ask yourself – Would you eat your food in the dark? Would you eat a meal without knowing what the mystery food was made of or what it contained? Sounds risky and crazy, right? Well, if you agree, then we need to talk about GMO labeling.
That craziness is a likely reality, in a way. There is a bill in Congress known as The DARK act (Denying Americans the Right to Know) and it sets out to prevent mandatory FDA labeling of GMOs. This bill has gathered significant support from The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which has such members as PepsiCo, the parent company of Quaker Oats. With an image based on health and “wholesome goodness”, Quaker is sending mixed messages by hiding what is in their products.
People all across the country are fed up with being kept in the dark. That’s why Mamavation is working with Just Label It to bring the Conceal or Reveal campaign to Quaker’s doorstep. But we need your voice, too.
Conceal or Reveal with GMO Labeling?
It seems companies like PepsiCo and Quaker Oats are opting for the first option – to conceal. Quaker’s parent company has spent a total of $8 million to block our right to know what’s in our food. Opponents to mandatory GMO labeling have spent upwards of 100 million dollars to keep the details in the dark. If Quaker and other brands are so confident in their products, then why hide what’s in them? Wouldn’t it be in their best interest to reveal what’s in their ingredients and opt for transparency? Below are 5 reasons why they should reveal.
5 Reasons Companies Like Quaker Oats Should Reveal
- It’s what the majority of consumers want. In fact, 92% of Americans support mandatory GMO labeling.
- Quaker would embody the honest and wholesome image their company aims to portray by being transparent.
- Follow suit of other countries that already require GMO labeling. Europe and most of Asia have mandatory GMO labeling, and some major food companies already label in those countries, though they don’t here in the U.S.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled glyphosate, the primary herbicide encouraged by GMO crops, as probably carcinogenic. All the more reason to know if it’s in what we eat.
- Simply labeling foods that do not contain GMOs is not enough to fulfill our right to know. All consumers should be able to buy foods with the knowledge of what’s in them, not just what they don’t contain.
You can’t deny that siding with the majority of consumers is a wise business decision. Not only do consumers support GMO labeling, they support brands that have removed them. The widely popular chain Chipotle has gained even more attention with it’s announcement to remove all GMOs from it’s menu. Organic food is a booming industry, and the label it contains is a part of it’s success. Consumers know what they are getting with organic food. Shouldn’t we know what’s in all of our food? Absolutely.
Tell Quaker You Want them to Reveal
It’s time for Quaker to stop keeping you in the dark and funding legislation that takes away your consumer rights. Tell Quaker Oats to support mandatory GMO labeling by signing this petition from Just Label It and on social media.
Below are sample social media updates you can share to show your support of the #ConcealOrReveal campaign:
Most of the world requires #GMO labeling to give people the right to know what they buy. @Quaker #ConcealOrReveal! http://bit.ly/1MwDS7l
Sample Facebook Post:
Ninety-two percent of Americans believe that GMO foods should be labeled. Without labeling, companies like @Quaker are keeping us in the dark about the food we buy. Join me in asking Quaker to support mandatory FDA labeling of GMOS! #ConcealOrReveal http://bit.ly/1MwDS7l
We can only make truly informed decisions for ourselves and our families when we have the information before us. This is why we must ask Quaker and PepsiCo to fully label their products and end their support of the DARK act. Your support in the ways mentioned above are key in making this change happen.
Sign the petition: Ask Quaker to support mandatory FDA labeling of GMOs, stop funding anti-mandatory labeling efforts, and stand up against the DARK Act!
Disclosure: This post was created on behalf of the Just Label it Campaign. Bookieboo LLC is a compensated labeling advocate. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]