Just Label It asked several celebrity moms, including Jordana Brewster, Jillian Michaels, Sara Gilbert, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Constance Zimmer, what they care about when it comes to their kids. Their answers were really genuine and down to earth, things I can relate to as a mom. They mentioned things like child proofing, car seat safety and of course their food.
My top priority in life is to make sure my girls have the opportunity to grow up healthy – as free from harm as possible. For me, knowing what is going into their bodies every day tops that list. I have a right to know what they are eating so I can make decisions about whether it's good for them or not. And so I can educate them on how to keep themselves healthy through life.
Label reading is an every day lesson in our home. My older daughter Zoë has a very hard time with sugars. If she has too much sugar, she gets stomach pain and joint pain, and that puts her in a terrible mood and causes her to have difficulty sleeping. Now that's she's 7 and can read, I am working very hard to teach her to read labels so she can understand what she should and should not eat.
And guess what? It's working. We're at the point now where she thinks to look at the label before I do. She can read a label and understand how much sugar is in how big of a serving and decide for herself whether that food is going to hurt her or help her. She is a smart girl and I'm so proud of her.
Being able to read that label and knowing what we're putting into our bodies is a right for every single person in this country. It angers me that the powers that be are trying to take away our right to know what's in our food. No one has the right to take that from me or anyone else.
Big food companies that we're supposed to trust are spending millions of dollars to block our right to know what's in our food. Since 2013, these food companies have spent more than $168.4 million to block our right to know. $51.6 million of that was spent in 2015 alone.
Yes, right now they are spending this money to block GMO labeling. If we allow them to block GMO labeling, who's to say what's next? The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which backs big food companies, is supporting the anti-consumer DARK Act. If the DARK Act passes, it will be even harder for us to get the transparent labeling we deserve.This dangerous bill just passed in the House of Representatives. We need to speak up now or all of our rights to know will be violated.
Along with the celebrity moms you saw in the video above as well as other parents, food advocates and supporters across the country – I'm asking you to sign a petition. This petition asks Quaker Oats of PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, General Mills and Kellogg’s to stop blocking Americans’ right to know if there are GMOs in their food and to support mandatory FDA labeling.