There are 165 million acres of genetically engineered crops in the United States –that’s over 1/3 of all the cropland in the country. And these genetically engineered crops are going from the fields to our supermarkets, where many unsuspecting consumers have no idea what they’re buying.
The above statistic is part of the motivation for the Millions Against Monsanto campaign. The Monsanto Company is the leading producer of genetically engineered seed, providing the technology in 90% of the GE (Genetically Engineered) seed in the United States.
That’s not the worst part. In the U.S. there is no mandatory legislation requiring companies to label their products as genetically modified. This is in vast contrast to the European Union, which is the largest agricultural market in the world, and requires all genetically modified foods to be labeled as such. The people demanded mandatory labeling, and the E.U. listened.
Now it’s time for Americans to do the same. By educating ourselves, finding and organizing supporters, and putting pressure on local government officials, we can make mandatory labeling of GMOs a reality.