This weekend the American Medical Association will consider an important resolution to call for the support of GMO labeling. The AMA is the nation’s largest and most respected association of doctors and medical students and their support of labeling genetically engineered foods will go a long way in protecting the health and rights of their patients.
The Indiana State Medical Association and the Illinois State Medical Society have both introduced resolutions to the American Medical Association supporting Federal legislation and/or regulations to require labeling of food with genetically engineered ingredients and they need your support today. Right now, the American Medical Association is accepting public comments until Monday, June 4th.
Tell the AMA to Join Us with this reasonable and common sense proposal – It’s time to Label GMOs!
Adopt Resolution 509-A-11 in lieu of the Council Report on GMO labeling
Dear Doctors and Delegates of the American Medical Association,
I am writing to urge the American Medical Association House of Delegates to Adopt Resolution 509-A-11 in lieu of the Council Report on GMO labeling. Medical doctors have a vital role to play in guaranteeing that the rights and health of their patients are taken seriously and by passing a resolution to label GMOs, the AMA would be taking that important step.
A simple label on foods could help doctors keep track of important data related to the rise of food allergies and the novel proteins found in genetically engineered foods. Without labeling, there is no way to track potential adverse consequences of eating genetically engineered food.
Americans have a basic right to know what’s in their food and how it’s produced. Already nearly 50 countries recognize their citizens’ basic right to label genetically engineered foods in order to give them vital information about the food they are eating. While the long-term health effects of consuming genetically engineered food are unknown, there is global agreement that genetically engineered foods are different from traditionally bred crops.
In 2011, the United Nations food safety standards organization adopted guidelines recommending all genetically engineered foods go through a safety assessment prior to approval, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require health studies before the products are approved for human consumption.
In an effort to join growing international consensus regarding the potential for GMOs to introduce increased toxins and allergies in our food supply, I urge the American Medical Association to support GMO labeling to better inform consumers about the food they are buying and feeding their families.