So how can you fight millions of dollars in lobbying efforts to get GMO ingredients listed on food labels?
• Demand organic. “Walmart showed us the power that we have,” Hirschberg said, referring to the retailer’s refusal to sell milk or dairy products from animals treated with the genetically modified growth hormone, rBGH, a move that essentially killed the market for synthetic growth hormones. “They knew their market. They knew consumers didn’t want that stuff.” Whether it’s Walmart or your local health food store, demanding organic food sends the message that you don’t want GMOs, and retailers and food manufacturers respond to meet that demand.
• Sign the petition. The Center for Food Safety has sued the USDA over the agency’s approval of GMO alfalfa and sugar beets, and they’re also collecting signatures for a petition that will be sent to dairies nationwide, asking that they not use GMO alfalfa to feed their animals. You can sign the petition, and donate to the Center’s continuing legal efforts, at nogmoalfalfa.org.
• Get educated. In June 2011, the holistic health expert Deepak Chopra held a discussion with the experts quoted in this article at an event in New York. You can watch the discussion online.