Photo courtesy of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Photo courtesy of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

When I was in elementary school, my history teachers taught me how lucky I was to be a U.S. citizen. I learned to be thankful for our founding fathers and fallen heroes who crafted our Declaration of Independence, and fought to protect our treasured freedoms.

I remain grateful to those heroes; however, as I grew older, I became especially inspired by one of our nation’s founding fathers, agricultural heroes, and lead author of the Declaration of Independence: Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson said: “cultivators of the earth are the most virtuous and independent citizens.”  He named agriculture as “the most tranquil, healthy and independent occupation.”  And, he believed that “honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom,” and “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”

In honor of Independence Day, and the responsibilities of being an American, I want to thank not only our founding revolutionary fathers, but the real revolutionaries of today, our traditional, organic family farmers, who are honest and vigilant by nature.

I call on my fellow citizens to fight alongside our organic farmers, for the freedom to grow and produce food free of genetically engineered ingredients, free of  hormones, antibiotics and the  most harmful pesticides. Organic farmers protect our soil, and preserve our freedom to feed our families the healthiest foods.

On July 4th and the weeks that follow, let’s remember to remain vigilant when it comes to food labeling, and the honest representation of our food.

If citizens in Russia, China, Japan and Europe enjoy the freedom of knowing if their food contains GMOs, shouldn’t we? Surely Thomas Jefferson would agree.

Learn more about our American right to know. Visit the Just Label It website and join the  revolution for GMO food labeling.