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Concerned Citizens Public Demands GMO Food Labeling

A campaign by Just Label It (, a national coalition of 500 diverse organizations dedicated to the mandatory labeling of ge- netically engineered (GE) or modified organism (GMO) foods, has united 1 million Americans of all political affiliations to demand that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require the practice.

“Pink slime, deadly melons, tainted turkeys

and BPA in our soup have put us all on notice that what we eat and feed our families is criti- cally important,” says Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group. “Americans overwhelmingly demand safety, transparency and labeling of genetically engineered foods. It’s time for the FDA to come clean and restore public confidence in our food system.”

According to a political opinion survey conducted by The Mellman Group, pollster Mark Mellman explains, “Few topics other than motherhood and apple pie can muster over 90 percent support, but labeling of GE foods is one of those few views that are held almost unanimously.” Colorado author Robyn O’Brien, founder of the AllergyKids Foundation,

remarks, “Americans want more information for their families. Like allergen label- ing, GE food labels would provide essential and possibly life-saving information for anyone with a food allergy.”

Where’s Poppa? Dads’ Roles Changing with the Times

A Pew Research Center analysis of the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) confirms the continuation of a 50-year trend leading to more than one in four fathers of children 18 or younger living apart from their children; 11 percent live separately from some of their children and 16 percent from all of them. Logically, the study further shows that fathers living with their children become more intensely involved in their lives, spending more time with them and taking part in a greater variety of activi- ties, such as sharing meals, helping with homework and playing. Black fathers (44 percent) are more than twice as likely as white fathers (21 per-

cent) to live apart from their children, while Hispanic fathers (35 percent) are in the middle. Among fathers that never completed high school, 40 percent live apart from their children, compared with only 7 percent of fathers that graduated from college. Many absent fathers try to compensate by communicating via email, social media or phone. Almost half say they are in touch with their children several times a week, but nearly one-third communicate less than once a month. Twenty percent say they visit their children more than once a week, but 27 percent have not seen their children in the past year.

Source: natural awakenings June 2012 17

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