Monday, April 9, 2012

Meatless Monday: CEYo Mooves Over

Stonyfield co-founder Gary Hirshberg announced in January that he was stepping aside as “CE-Yo” in order to have more time to devote to the food policy efforts in which he is involved, in particular his work with the Just Label It campaign.

Just Label It’s founding premise is that we Americans have a right to know if our food has been genetically engineered. Over 40 other nations, including 15 in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and even Russia and China, require such labels. According to the Just Label It site, more that 90% of Americans support such mandatory labeling. 

Just Label It recently launched a campaign petitioning the FDA to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods.

The campaign yielded over 1.1 million comments which the FDA is currently uploading to the public record.

There are many ways you can help the cause. Check out the site’s 8 action steps

More than 500 organizations are listed as partners in Just Label It’s endeavors. It should be no surprise that Stonyfield is on the list.

Just Label It can certainly put Gary Hirshberg’s talents and influence to good use. After all, he is the man who introduced Stonyfield Organics into Wal-Mart.

Happy Monday. Have a great week.

I often blog on food or food issues on Monday in support of Meatless Monday, one of several programs developed in the Healthy Monday project, founded in 2003 in association with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. Meatless Monday’s goal is “to help reduce meat consumption 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.”

1 comment:

  1. I think that the most important thing we can do as individuals, besides helping to inform and organize other individuals is to vote with our dollars and our lifestyles.

    Each time we buy a product or service from a company that supports and sustains our planet we put another ounce on the apothecary scale on the right side.

    Each time we purchase from a company that uses pesticides or GMOs we indirectly put more money in the pockets of the lobbyists and lawmakers who seek to destroy our planet for their own personal gain.