Groups plead with Michelle Obama: Help us get GMO veto

Groups plead with Michelle Obama: Help us get GMO veto
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Consumer groups have turned to Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaKim Kardashian says she and Kanye once sang karaoke with Obama Obama talked trash, won money from 3 celebs over golf game Former Michelle Obama aide enters Maryland governor's race MORE for help in stopping legislation that creates a national labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified ingredients. 

In a letter Friday, the Healthy Babies Project and Moms Across America asked the first lady to ask her husband to keep his campaign promise and label GMOs.

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While the legislation, which passed both the House and Senate, directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a national labeling standard, it allows companies to use text, a symbol or QR codes that must be scanned with a smartphone to meet the labeling requirement.

The groups claim QR codes discriminate against people who don’t have a smartphone or Internet access, which most often include the elderly, minorities and people who live in rural areas.

“American citizens deserve to have the words identifying GMO ingredients written clearly, on the package, just like salt or sugar, so they make informed decisions,” the groups said in their letter. 

The Organic Consumers Association has created a WhiteHouse.gov petition urging President Obama to veto the bill that’s gained 43,864 signatures.

The group said only 21 percent of Americans it surveyed have scanned QR codes, and only 27 percent of seniors and 50 percent of low income Americans own smartphones.

“In 2007 President Obama said, ‘We’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying,’” the petition says. “ALL Americans should know what they're buying, not just the privileged.”