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New National Survey Shows Majority of Americans United on Labeling of
Genetically Engineered Food

Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2012) – The Just Label It (JLI) Campaign
announced today that a record-breaking one million Americans of all
political persuasions have called on the FDA to label genetically
engineered (GE) foods. The campaign also announced a new national
survey revealing that Americans across the political spectrum stand
united in support of labeling food that has been genetically
engineered. This is a striking contrast to the partisan divisions
plaguing our political system.

“Pink slime, deadly melons, tainted turkeys, and BPA in our soup have
put us all on notice that what we eat and feed our families is
critically important,” said Ken Cook, President of the Environmental
Working Group, a JLI partner. “Americans overwhelmingly demand safety,
transparency and labeling of genetically engineered foods. It’s time
for the FDA to come clean and restore public confidence in our food

Since October, JLI, (, the national campaign to
require GE-food labeling and its more than 500 partner organizations
have spearheaded an historic number of public comments for a GE-foods
labeling petition (Docket #FDA 2011-P-0723-001/CP). March 27 is the
date when the FDA is required to respond to the petition. It took less
than 180 days to accumulate the record number of comments.

“In recent years, Americans have shown a real interest in knowing more
about our food and now there is a clear mandate for the labeling of
genetically engineered foods. This petition asks the FDA to stand up
for the rights of average Americans, and not just a handful of
powerful chemical companies. It’s time for the FDA to give Americans
the same rights held by citizens in forty nations, including all of
our major trade partners, to know whether our foods have been
genetically modified. The FDA needs to restore confidence in our food
and our right to know about the food we eat and feed our families,”
said Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Stonyfield, a JLI partner.

New Survey Results: Motherhood, Apple Pie and GE Food Labeling
Consumer support for GE-foods labeling in the U.S. is nearly
unanimous, according to the political opinion survey on GE food
labeling conducted by The Mellman Group on behalf of JLI. Explained
pollster Mark Mellman, “Few topics other than motherhood and apple pie
can muster over 90 percent support, but labeling GE-foods is one of
those few views held almost unanimously.” “The survey found nearly all
Democrats (93% favor, 2% oppose), Independents (90% favor, 5% oppose)
and Republicans (89% favor, 5% oppose) in favor of labeling. The study
also revealed that support for labeling is robust and arguments
against it have little sway. (For the survey findings, visit

Colorado mother and author Robyn O’Brien, who founded the AllergyKids
Foundation, a JLI partner, after one of her children had an allergic
reaction to breakfast, said: “Americans are responding to the call for
GE foods labeling because they want more information for their
families. Like allergen labeling, GE-food labels would provide
essential and possibly life-saving information for anyone with a food
allergy. Being responsible for the health and safety of my children, I
believe it’s my right to know about the food I feed my family…from
allergens, to ‘pink slime’ to GE foods.”

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