Fighting for Our Right to Know
Dr. Bronner’s commitment to healthy and sustainable agriculture, corporate accountability and the consumer’s right to know is part of the company’s mission to put into practice the social and ecological principles that inform Emanuel Bronner’s philosophy printed on the company’s iconic soap labels.
In recent years, Dr. Bronner’s has supported a variety of efforts to promote the labeling of genetically modified (or engineered) foods, those foods made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In the U.S., we have the right to information about the foods we buy and consume, such as sodium and fat levels, whether flavors and additives are natural or artificial, whether salmon is wild or farm-raised, and what country a food comes from. We should also have the right to know if foods contain GMOs, so we can make informed decisions about what we eat and feed our families.
Rather than help farmers transition to more sustainable, less chemical-intensive agriculture, genetic engineering has resulted in huge increases in pesticide use and subsequent residues in our food. Americans need to wake up to the secret changes that chemical companies are making to our food and demand transparency in food labeling.
Chemical companies genetically engineer DNA from bacteria into food crops to tolerate the herbicides and pesticides they sell to farmers. Overuse of these chemicals is creating resistant superweeds and superbugs, which then leads to even more chemicals being sprayed. Now, chemical companies like Monsanto and Dow are engineering food crops with resistance to much more toxic herbicides like Dicamba and 2,4-D, the main ingredient in Agent Orange.