What Tweets Are Saying: GMOs

by Alexina Cather, MPH

 By Cameron St. Germain

Social media has been known to be both engaging and addictive, a platform for many different purposes. However, it can also be utilized to push a particular agenda, creating a palpable impact on policy change.

Social media is found throughout the globe, from the first to third world, reaching a large population of individuals with vastly different viewpoints, thereby making it an ideal form of communication for reaching the masses. This classification of media allows individuals to share their opinion on an issue right after having an emotional response, creating immediate engagement with the topic at hand.

The New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College has compiled a series covering what tweets are saying about the latest food policy debates. This week we examine GMOs and the debate over whether or not food containing GMOs should be labeled as such. Stay tuned weekly to see how social media is being used to express opinions on a number of key food policy topics.

Tweet: “Using a QR code to find #GMO ingredients is kind of like catching a Pokemon, but a lot less fun #justlabelit

Who Said It: Representative Chellie Pingree, (D-Maine) and organic farmer 

Twitter Handle: @chelliepingree

Date: July 14th, 2016

Tweet: “Shining light on industry shenanigans is key to transforming food system >> #RighttoKnow Review by @USRightToKnow: https://bit.ly/2a0h2uu

Who Said It: Anna Lappé, Author and sustainable food advocate

Twitter Handle: @annalappe

Date: July 20th, 2016

Tweet“Dear @Potus:  Support public interest over corporate profit, VETO the deeply flawed #GMO Labeling bill. #NODARKACT

Who Said It: Dr. Bronner’s, a company who sells their products with the intention of making a sustainable and positive social change in the world.

Twitter Handle: @DrBronner

Date: July 15th, 2016

TweetMars, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and North American Meat Institute support the anti-GMO bill. Consumers aren’t the priority here.”

Who Said It: Senator Bernie Sanders, (D-Vermont)

Twitter Handle: @SenSanders           

Date: July 5th, 2016

Tweet: “We may have just become the first country in the world to UNLABEL #GMOs

Who Said It: U.S. Right To Know, a non-profit working towards transparency and accountability in the nation’s food system

Twitter Handle: @USRightToKnow

Date: July 8th, 2016

Tweet: “With approved GMO labeling bill, I will be able to select and buy all GMO foods that benefit humanity and our environment 🙂 #gmo are great”

Who Said It: Kurt Boudonck, Greenhouse Crop Research Group Leader

Twitter Handle: @kboudonck

Date: July 14th, 2016

Tweet@BarackObama VETO sham GMO “labeling” bill on your desk! People have a right to know what’s in their food! #sayfie

Who Said It: Representative Vern Buchanan, (R-Florida)

Twitter Handle: @VernBuchanan

Date: July 21st, 2016

Tweet: “U.S. House passes DARK Act 306-117 to kill #GMO labeling, a major insult to the 89% of Americans who support labeling & the right to know.”

Who Said It: Gary Ruskin, Co-director of U.S. Right to Know

Twitter Handle: @garyruskin

Date: July 14th, 2016

Tweet:“Consumers do not want QR codes to replace clear mandatory, FDA GMO labeling. #justlabelit #food

Who Said It: Just Label It, a campaign advocating for the labeling of GMO foods

Twitter Handle: @justlabelit

Date: July 16th, 2016

Tweet: “Join @RevJJackson to call on @POTUS to reject discriminatory #GMOlabeling bill: https://bit.ly/29VAOGu  #DARKAct

Who Said It: Center 4 Food Safety, a non-profit promoting the use of organic and other sustainable forms of agriculture

Twitter Handle: @CFSTrueFood

Date: July 17th, 2016

Tweet: “When things get dark, it’s crucial to document how dark things really are. https://bit.ly/2a0h2uu  #DarkAct #GMOs We have a #RighttoKnow

Who Said It: U.S. Right To Know, a non-profit working towards transparency and accountability in the nation’s food system

Twitter Handle: @USRightToKnow

Date: July 20, 2016

Tweet: “.@SenFranken reject the #DARKAct. Stand up for transparency and REAL GMO labeling. Vote NO! “

Who Said It: Food & Water Watch, a non-profit working towards getting healthy food and clean water to all

Twitter Handle: @foodandwater

Date: July 2nd, 2016

Tweet“Senate’s #GMO bill vote is a well-funded travesty, a setback for consumers’ right to know. They deserve clear labels, not scavenger hunts.”

Who Said It: Senator Patrick Leahy, (D-Vermont)

Twitter Handle: @SenatorLeahy

Date: July 7, 2016

Tweet: “The House just passed Stabenow/Johnson/Monsanto’s DARK Act that would blow up Vermont’s GMO labeling law.Tell POTUS to veto! 202-456-1111”

Who Said It: Thom Hartmann, radio talk show host, author, writer and international speaker

Twitter Handle: @Thom_Hartmann

Date: July 13th, 2016


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