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an open letter to Michelle Obama

I sent the below to FLOTUS in reply to an E-mail I received regarding the Let's Move! Campaign. If I get a reply, I'll let you know.


Mrs. Obama,

Congratulations on your Let's Move! campaign. You are a role model for many generations, and your campaign is desperately needed in this time of skyrocketing childhood obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

Your work to update the nutrition labels is the logical and necessary step in combating not only childhood obesity, but that of the parents, as well. However, I have to ask, in your effort to truly increase the knowledge of consumers and their food purchase, why are you not pushing to include genetically modified food labeling?

Regardless of what Kraft and Monsanto might tell you about the complete safety of GMOs, the science simply does not back it up... not yet... not for MANY years of not just observational studies, but actual DNA testing - of humans, not bugs or rodents. Until that time, and IF (and that's REALLY BIG IF) GMOs are proven to be safe I should be able to easily know if they're in my food and make a truly informed decision. And that means open and clear labeling. Just like sugar and sodium and calories.

I, along with the rest of the American people, deserve to know and we request your assistance.

Sincerely, Patti B


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