Politico and Organic Consumers Association are reporting that the food industry is going door-to-door on Capitol Hill, seeking lawmakers willing to sponsor a bill to preempt state mandatory GMO labeling laws by substituting a weak federal “solution.”
The “solution” Big Food has in mind, revealed on Jan. 7 by POLITICO, would limit the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) power to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It would also wipe out states’ rights to enact mandatory labeling laws, and would guarantee companies the right to use the word “natural” on products that contain GMOs.
Read Full Article: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/gmo-labeling-bill-101853.html?hp=l6
Read Draft of Bill: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_29044.cfm
Tell the FDA: Don’t Cave!
More than 60 countries have banned GMOs, or require mandatory labeling of foods that contain GMOs. Yet here in the U.S., consumers are denied this same basic protection.
The FDA made the wrong decision in 1992 when it caved in to Monsanto, and ruled that genetically engineered foods were “substantially equivalent” to non GE foods.
Now the food industry, led by its multi-billion dollar lobbying arm, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), wants the FDA to protect Big Food’s profits by ruling against mandatory GMO labeling laws.
It’s time for the FDA to protect consumers, not corporations. Tell the FDA: No Watered -Down, Voluntary Federal GMO Labeling Rules
If you don’t understand why all this GMO stuff is important, do a bit more research for yourself. Look into the future and see where this can lead. The fact that this has been going on for years without labels and we’ve all been eating it is a crime! GMO’s are a horrible thing for people and animals to consume and a horrible thing for the planet.