Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow are on a mission to make food labeling a bit more transparent. The Iron Man co-star and her mother headed to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to find out from the U.S. government’s source exactly what is in their food.
It’s an increasingly worrying subject for fans of organic food, wondering how much of what they eat is actually potentially bad for them. After crops had been lost to insects taking advantage of them before harvest, pesticides became common practice, and eventually led to health problems. Now, some crops are routinely grown with genetic modifications to grow them with a more robust appearance and flavor while repelling insects, but some aren’t comfortable with what could also end up harming them.
These genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are what Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow are attempting to have the government start requiring labeling for. If that tomato was grown the way it is because it was genetically treated, Paltrow and her mother want the FDA to push GMO labeling and let consumers know about it.
Many celebrities have joined the movement, known as “Just Label It,” fighting for transparency about what’s in our foods.
Some, such as Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom, don’t believe it’s necessary, according to Today.
“For consumers who are eating GMOs, it’s not a health risk. These are approved foods, they’re in the food supply, they’ve been there for a long time, so you’re not doing yourself any harm if you choose to consume them.”
Brooke Alpert, a registered dietitian, agrees with the celebrities in this movement.
“I think just the same way people want to know about the sugar, salt, fat or whatever the food they’re eating, I think they also want to know if it’s a GMO-originated food.”
Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow have already faced some stiff opposition from the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, who claim that forcing such labeling will slow down production of food and “drive up food costs for American families.”
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