Secure The Labeling Of Genetically Engineered Food

Resolution Number SAC09.68

Secure The Labeling Of Genetically Engineered Food

WHEREAS, people have the right and need to be aware of the contents of their food, just as they have the right and need to be aware of the risks, benefits and alternatives to medical treatment which is recognized and provided for by the doctrine of informed consent; and

WHEREAS, public health and consumer groups are concerned that genetically engineered crops have already contaminated native and related species and that genetically engineered seeds can be spread nationwide, contaminating conventional and organic food crops; and

WHEREAS, surveys of the U.S. public consistently show overwhelming support for labeling genetically engineered food products that may cause allergic reactions, other potential health hazards, and potential environmental and ecological disasters;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party declare support for federal regulations requiring labeling of all foods that include genetically engineered ingredients in their manufacture; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party go on record as supporting mandatory labeling of food for human consumption, which has genetically engineered ingredients in its manufacture.

Authored by Nancy Casady (AD 75) & La Jolla Democratic Club’s Focus For Change Consumer Safety Issue Group; Sponsored by La Jolla Democratic Club, Dr. Michael McQuary, President

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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