We’re Rhode Islanders

And we’re advocating for our fundamental right to know if our food contains genetically modified organisms.

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Ok, what are gmo’s anyway?

They are genetically modified organisms — plants or animals created through the process of genetic engineering. This experimental technology forces DNA from one species into a different species. The resulting GMOs are unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional breeding.

We have the right to know what’s in the food we’re eating and feeding to our families — we deserve an informed choice.

Why this all matters

Let’s take a look at the main arguments in support of
mandatory GMO labeling.

No. 1

Support local agriculture

GMO labeling will help protect non-GMO agriculture from contamination, demand for which is increasing across the state and the country. Labeling will also create additional markets for those farms not certified organic but which are non-GMO.

No. 2

Widespread Public Support

Polls conducted by professional news organizations consistently show that over 90% of consumers want GMO ingredients labeled. As ABC News stated, “Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.”

No. 3

Genetically Modified Organisms have NOT been proven safe

Long-term health studies have not been conducted. A growing body of peer-reviewed studies has linked these foods to allergies, organ toxicity, and other health problems. These studies must be followed up. However, unlike the strict safety evaluations required for the approval of new drugs, the US Food and Drug Administration does not require safety studies for genetically engineered foods.

No. 4

No Cost to Consumers or Food Producers

Companies change their labeling all the time, and dozens of other countries have already introduced GMO labeling without increasing food costs.

No. 5

Mitigate Environmental Risks

Superweeds and pests have become resistant to GMO-affiliated herbicides and toxic pesticide use has increased. GMO crops easily contaminate non-GMO crops, threatening organic agriculture and the consumer’s ability to choose non-GMO foods.

No. 6

Support food democracy and the free market

The free market is supposed to provide consumers with accurate information about products so we can make informed choices. GMO labeling will provide consumers with information to make informed decisions about the food they purchase for personal, religious, moral, cultural, ethical, health, environmental and economic reasons.

No. 7

Setting the standard

The states are leading the way toward a uniform federal standard for GMO labeling. We can’t wait on the federal government to take the lead on this. With 3 states having already passed GMO labeling laws, Rhode Island can send a strong message to Washington, D.C.

What’s Happening Now?

Keeping you up to date on happenings with the GMO labeling effort.

Our Network Partners

We’re seeking to expand the Right to Know RI network and bring businesses, organizations, professionals and individuals on board in support of mandatory GMO labeling in Rhode Island.