Studies show that more than 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. While our reasons for wanting to know what’s in our food may vary, what unifies us is the belief that it’s our right. Without labeling of GE foods, we cannot make informed choices about our food. While the Just Label It campaign was created at a national level to advocate for the labeling of GE foods, Label It Hawaii formed spontaneously and simultaneously in the Islands to promote labeling legislation in the Hawaii State Legislature.
Unlike most other developed countries – including 15 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and even China – the U.S. has no laws requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods. Yet polls have repeatedly shown that the vast majority of Americans, – over 90% in most studies – believe GE foods should be labeled. ABC News stated, “Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.”
There are many reasons why the vast majority of Americans support labeling of genetically engineered foods. They range from health, safety or environmental concerns to ethical and religious considerations. Ultimately we sustain that the basic right to know what we are consuming and feeding our families is a core American value. In this section you can access information about labeling legislation in other states, including California’s Proposition 37, as well as Hawaii’s own labeling initiatives.