So you thought knowing a GMO food would be easier ?
by Dr. Alan Kadish NMD
The flawed GMO bill for real consumer knowledge has been diverted to……. your needing to use a QR code to “decode” the truth. The bill is on the president desk for passage. Let’s not let this become another industry win vs the consumer ?
You can get involved along with the over 200,000 other citizens and 286 organization, by contacting him via this form if your an organization and asking for a veto.
To add insult to injury, the folks who spent the time to get a GMO recognizable symbol on labels , such as those in Vermont, would have their law overturned. And if that’s not enough the law may take up to 2 years to actually become common in commerce.
This bad bill will not help you only industry. Don’t sit by take action……Contact Obama…..ask for a veto today and get the facts about your food, without having to search.
PS. This is not the defund planned parenthood bill any longer…..
The White House has offered tentative approval of the Senate GMO labeling bill, despite the vocal disapproval of several consumer groups.
The Stabenow-Roberts bill S. 764, passed in the House on Thursday; it will now go to the White House so that President Obama can sign it into law.
“While there is broad consensus that foods from genetically engineered crops are safe, we appreciate the bipartisan effort to address consumers’ interest in knowing more about their food, including whether it includes ingredients from genetically engineered crops,” White House spokeswoman Katie Hill said in an e-mail to Bloomberg. “We look forward to tracking its progress in the House and anticipate the president would sign it in its current form.”
The bill is heavily criticized for its stipulation that information regarding GMO ingredients can be hidden behind a QR code, as well as for the exemption of animal products including meat and eggs from labeling. The bill is also criticized for its definition of genetically modified foods, which does not include certain new genetic techniques such as gene editing.
“A national, uniform law on GMO labeling is needed, and this is one step closer towards that goal,” Ivan Wasserman, Partner and Consumer Product/Food Labeling expert at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, said immediately after the bill passed. “Having different labeling rules in different states is very difficult for manufacturers and potentially very confusing to consumers. The particulars of this bill clearly will not satisfy everyone, but laws like this seldom do.”
Some Representatives, however, such as Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern, remained opposed to the bill until the end.
“It is an intentional measure to deny consumers information,” he said on the House floor. “The reality is that not every American has access to a smartphone or the Internet.”
Only 16 percent of Americans have ever scanned a QR code for any reason, according to the Organic Consumers Association.
If the bill is signed into law by President Obama, Vermont’s GMO labeling bill, which took effect on July 1, would be voided. S. 764 would not take effect for approximately two years, while the USDA defines exact norms for labeling procedures.
Organizations that remain opposed to the bill include Organic Consumers Association, Center for Food Safety, Citizens for GMO Labeling, the Cornucopia Institute, Friends of the Earth, and Moms Across America.
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