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Thousands of protesters are expected to walk from New York to Washington, D.C. to send the government a message — label genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
GMOs currently only have to be labeled by the Food and Drug Administration if they meet the following criteria:
- The food must have a “significantly different nutritional property.”
- An unexpected allergen is found in the food.
- If the food contains something harmful (“toxicant”) “beyond acceptable limits.”
An estimated 70 percent of processed foods contain some form of GMOs. More troubling still are the plants themselves — GMO crops are cross-pollinating with non-GMOs, and “super weeds,” resistant to pesticides, are cropping up.
Little is known about the long-term effects on humans of consuming GMO products.
The Right2Know movement wants to change that — they believe the consumer has a choice.
“People don’t know what they’re eating,” movement founder Joseph Wilhelm says.
Wilhelm runs an organic food company, and he has successfully organized two similar marches in Europe.
“At the end of the day, we’re trying to raise awareness. We hope to send a message to Mr. Obama in Washington,” he says.
The Right2Know march started October 1 and will end in Washington, D.C. on October 16. It spans 313 miles and five east coast states.