Tom Colicchio Wants to Make Sure No One Outlaws GMO Food Labels

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A petition created by Tom Colicchio and Food Policy Action seeking to convince Congress not to ban GMO labels has attracted 231,000 signatures in just over a week. Despite a range of opinions on the potential threats (or non-threats) posed by the production and consumption of genetically modified foods, most consumers (and several states) already agree to support identifying GMO food as such. The so-called Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, however, introduced April 9 in the House, seeks to block these labels on the grounds that they will pose an "undue burden" on producers. The celebrity chef and food activist writes that it is "absolutely critical that we stand up to elected officials who introduce bad legislation or vote the wrong way on good food policy." [Credo Mobilize, Related]