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To: Safeway CEO Robert Edwards
Tell Safeway: Label GMOs in Your Products
Consumers have a right to make healthy, responsible, and informed choices about the food we eat. Please label Safeway's store-brand products that contain GMOs.
Why is this important?
When shopping at Safeway, we have a right to make healthy, responsible, and informed choices about the food we buy. But we can’t do that because Safeway doesn’t label its products that contain GMOs.
While more research needs to be done to understand the full impact of GMOs, they are not without risk. For example, some GMOs are designed to allow for increased use of pesticides, which have been linked to serious health and environmental impacts. And GMOs usually don’t undergo safety testing before they’re allowed onto the market.
More than 60 countries, including the entire European Union, already require GMO labeling. And 93 percent of the American public polled supports labeling GMOs.
However, Monsanto and other giant agribusinesses are spending millions to counter this public support and block GMO labeling laws. Big Ag even spent close to $40 million against a GMO labeling initiative in California.
But while they’re standing in the way of change, the grocery and food industries are slowly starting to respond to the growing demand for labeling. Some stores, like Whole Foods, have started labeling their GMO products. And General Mills recently announced that Cheerios will now be GMO-free.
Safeway should follow the lead set by Whole Foods and others, and start labeling their store-brand products that contain GMOs.