Resolution to Secure the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food

Resolution to Secure the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food

WHEREAS people have the right and need to be aware of the contents of their food under the 1992 U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act which states labeling is misleading if it fails to reveal “material” facts; and

WHEREAS public health and consumer groups are already concerned that genetically engineered crops have contaminated native and related species and that genetically engineered seeds can be spread by wind, insect or bird vectors contaminating conventional and organic food crops; and

WHEREAS surveys of the U.S. public consistently show overwhelming support for labeling genetically engineered food products that may cause allergic reactions, other potential health hazards and potential environmental and ecological disasters;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party declare support for the President of the United States to use his executive power to instruct the Food and Drug Administration to close the labeling “loophole” and require the labeling of all food for human or animal consumption that includes genetically engineered material or DNA manipulation in their manufacture.

Authored by Nancy Casady (AD 78)
Proposed for adoption by the La Jolla Democratic Club at the Feb.15, 2015 General Membership Meeting
Contact: Derek Casady, President, La Jolla Democratic Club