This post was created as part of the Just Label It campaign, for which I am a financially compensated Labeling Advocate. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.
I’m fanatical about packing J-man’s lunch for school every day. With a sandwich on homemade bread, some veggies from the garden, and a cookie, he is good to go.
As of today, there are exactly 7 days of school left. And let me tell you, I am TIRED of making lunches. I’ve made 171 so far, and I’m not sure I can last much longer. 😉
I would love to be able to just grab some packaged food and toss it into his lunch bag. How easy would that be? 10 seconds and lunch is made! I don’t buy much packaged food though, and I want you to know one of the important reasons why not.
If your kids have food allergies or if you follow a specific diet, you’re reading labels, right? Peanuts, wheat, soy, eggs–you want to know what’s in your food. Nothing wrong with that at all! It makes perfect sense. Why would you feed your kids something that would make them sick?
Along these same lines, I’d like to know if my food is made with GMO crops. The reason for this is because most GMO crops are herbicide-resistant. (source) This means that farmers can spray more herbicides on their crops, and the herbicides end up in our food, soil, and water.
Quaker is one of the Big Food companies using their deep pockets to lobby against mandatory GMO labeling. Through the trade association, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, they’re supporting a bill in Congress we call the DARK Act – because it would Deny Americans the Right to Know whether our food has been genetically engineered.
GMO crops have led to huge increases in herbicide use, which contributes to an array of threats to the health of people and the environment. And the World Health Organization recently labeled the main herbicide used on GMO crops as probably carcinogenic. (source)
People all across the country are fed up with being kept in the dark. That’s why I’m working with Just Label It to bring the Conceal or Reveal campaign to Quaker’s doorstep. But we need your voice, too. Don’t you want to know what you’re feeding your kids?
Click the image below to 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!