We are a group of students at CU Boulder, and here’s a little bit of information about us!
Martin Aguilar – majoring in biochemistry and works as an undergraduate research assistant in the Neuroendocrinology Lab at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Maxwell Lin – majoring in chemical & biological engineering and works as a laboratory assistant at Actium BioSystems in Gunbarrel, CO.
Terra Salamida – majoring in chemical & biological engineering and is interested in biomedical engineering.
Emi Kiyotake – majoring in chemical & biological engineering and works as an undergraduate research assistant in the Anseth Research Group at University of Colorado at Boulder.
In the United States, it is not required to label food products that contain GMOs and we believe this is unsatisfactory and people have the right to know what they are consuming. There are potential health risks with the consumption of GM food, but we do not want people to automatically embrace the negative connotation that is attached to GMO labels. There are many benefits from genetic engineering, such as vitamin A enriched golden rice, herbicide resistant crops, and many others. People need to be educated so they can make informed decisions about their own consumption of food containing GMOs.
1. Survey people in Boulder, on and off campus, to evaluate how much the community actually knows about GMOs.
Success! We surveyed over 100 people on Pearl Street Mall, on CU Boulder’s campus, and online. See the results here!
2. Start a dialog with CU’s dining services centered on GMO labeling. We would like to find out who their food distributors are and suggest ways (our flyers on tables) for the center for community to promote student awareness of benefits, as well as, potential issues with GMO consumption.
Progress! Flyers about GMO awareness have been posted on bulletin boards all over the Center for Community (C4C) at CU Boulder.
3. Talk with Chipotle about their recent GMO labeling of their ingredients and get them to advertise our awareness campaign.
Chipotle appreciates our support for labeling GMOs, but were not able to post our flyers.
4. Send Colorado Daily a letter to the editor and have it published in one of their issues to spread more news about our blog and GMOs.
Success! See it in the Monday July 1st edition of the Colorado Daily, or visit it on their website here.