The work that Friends of the Earth has done to keep new, unlabeled GMO foods off store shelves just got a boost, according to Dana Perls, Food and Technology Campaigner for Friends of the Earth. The Washington Post just ran a front page story highlighting the success of their GE-Free Seafood Campaign and the pressure consumers have put on stores not to sell genetically engineered seafood. It also called out Kroger – one of the biggest holdouts – by name.
However, the final FDA approval of GMO salmon could be right around the corner – possibly in the next few weeks.
It’s clear that the majority of consumers don’t want unlabeled, untested, virtually unregulated GMOs on store shelves. So if the FDA won’t protect us from the risks of genetically engineered foods, then we should elevate our voices and ensure that companies listen.
Friends of the Earth is not stopping with GMO salmon. As early as 2014, GMO apples could be on the market, so they’re asking Gerber baby food company - one of the largest buyers of apples - to keep its baby food free of risky GMO apples.
And that’s not all: they’re taking the lead to make sure that extreme genetic engineering stays out of our ice cream. The New York Times just ran a piece highlighting their campaign calling on major ice cream companies not to use a new vanilla flavoring excreted by genetically engineered yeast. This synthetic biology vanilla may even be labeled “natural,” despite being produced by genetically engineered yeast cells created in a laboratory.
In all of these campaigns they’re up against food giants who have vast coffers to draw from. It’s going to take the support of people like us to generate enough pressure to ensure our food system is healthy, sustainable and honest.