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I am a certified organic family farmer raising local grains: millet and oats, for human consumption. Did you know that when a farmer is certified organic, they are not allowed to grow crops that use GMO’s? This farmer believes that the labeling of food is good for business. The more information we provide to the consumer, the better they are able to make important decisions on how and what to feed their families. The verdict is not in as to whether GMO’s are safe or not, there are conflicting reports on this issue. What I know, as a farmer, is that I do not want to feed my family, or my friend’s families, food made with GMO’s.

As Chipotle’s CEO Steve Ells said, “Consumers want this information, but well-funded opposition groups continue to fight labeling information, with opponents putting their own profits ahead of consumer preferences”.

Sixty-four countries around the world, including the European Union and Japan, have labeled GMO foods for more than 10 years. I am very frustrated that labeling in the U.S. is such a difficult fight. The anti-labeling campaign has invested over ten million dollars into anti advertisements. Several GMO-producing companies and their products are still responsible for driving some small farmers out of business and for designing crops that work with pesticides and herbicides that have decimated our bees, water, and other valuable environmental resources.

Applying the GMO label gives Americans the opportunity to make informed decisions about their diet, health, and general lifestyle. Food labels list and describe nearly every detailed component of the food product, from the caloric values and processing information, to the fat and protein content and the known allergens. Adding a simple label for GMO ingredients would fulfill American consumers’ right to know, enabling them to make educated food purchases and dietary choices for themselves and their families.

We haven't always labeled foods with calorie, salt or protein information, but we do now. Let the United States join the 64 nations, including the entire European Union and China, that require such labels so consumers can make informed decisions.

- Jean Hediger