What's Really In Your Food?

Ashely Holton

Honest Food Labels and Claims

One of the most important causes we all need to support is making food companies truthfully labels on their foods and put honest claims on their food. Labeling food is a very important cause to support because people want to know exactly what is in their foods and how much of what it contains is bad. Many companies refuse to label their food truthfully in an effort to make their company look better. When food and drinks are not labeled correctly, then people can be mislead and confused about the things they consume. Some companies label their food as "organic", when in reality the food is not actually "organic", and that is very misleading to people. Many food labels are not completely truthful, there are very broad definitions for food terms. People should be aware that there are GMO's (genetically modified organisms) or BPA's (Bis-phenol-A compound) in the food they consume or the water they consume! All companies need to be truthful about the ingredients and substances in their food because that is an important factor in people's health.

Honest Food Labels and Claims (continued)

Some organizations that work to inform and campaign for this great cause are the Environmental Working Groups and the Organic Consumers Association. I could work for these organizations and spread the message about untruthful food labeling. I could write letters to companies trying to convince them to truthfully label all their foods. I could send out newsletters to the community about all the companies that do not truthfully label their food, and request people boycott those food companies. I could help to organize events that will raise money and awareness to stop companies from misleading us. There are many paths I could take to help the cause of making companies put honest food labels and claims on their foods.

Honest Food Labels and Claims

Spreading the truth about what's in the food we consume!

Quick Facts

  • Even the USDA do not have clear cut definitions on natural foods and organic foods.

  • In 2013 Naked Juice Co. settled a class-action suit for $9 million that made them remove their “All Natural” label.

  • “Free Range”, “Cage Free”, and “Grass Fed” labels are very broad definitions and are not always completely truthful.

Statistics

  • In 2012, a majority of 51.4% Californian voters rejected a bill mandating the labeling of GMO’s on food labels.

  • It is estimated that around 70% of grocery store food items contain GM ingredients.

  • In 2010, a survey found that about 91% of Canadian people had some level of BPA in their systems.