Knowledge is power–Know what you’re eating
Here at Hilary’s Eat Well, we strive to be as open and transparent about our products and packaging as possible. We source from top growers and suppliers, and use real-food ingredients. Our ingredient glossary lets you know exactly why we use each one of our ingredients. Basically, we know that our customers want to know what is in the food they consume. Our customers care about food being herbicide and pesticide free, organic, non-GMO, and of course, tasty. And we applaud the efforts of citizens and politicians who work to bring transparency to all foods in the US.
Last week, the US Senate voted on an amendment in the Farm Bill that would have allowed consumers to know if the foods they purchased contained GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). The description of the amendment read:
“To permit States to require that any food, beverage, or other edible product offered for sale have a label on indicating that the food, beverage, or other edible product contains a genetically engineered ingredient.”
As you can see, the amendment doesn’t even require labeling to occur. It simply allows states to pass laws requiring that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients list those ingredients on the label. It seems simple. Yet the amendment failed on a vote of 26 in favor, to 73 opposed (1 senator did not vote).
As we become more removed from where our food is produced, we need to take a greater interest in the transparency of its sourcing and production. We live in a bit of a polarized society at the moment. But information surrounding what we ingest should transcend politics. If your Senator voted against this amendment, now would be a good time to reach out to him/her. It is fine to express your feelings. But also give an explanation for why you feel the way you do. If each of us would take a few moments to call or write a Senator, we could start a national dialogue about what we hope to see put into our foods, and what we hope to get out of them. Change won’t happen unless we all make a modicum of time and effort to get the ball rolling.
Click here If you would like to see how your Senator voted.