The USDA finally released their long-awaited draft rule that will implement a Genetically Engineered or GMO food disclosure law. The draft leaves a lot of things unanswered and is quite troubling in many regards. Continue reading
It was June 2016 when the law passed requiring foods with GMO ingredients to be labeled. This disclosure was the first of its kind in the U.S., a milestone for food transparency and simultaneously a source of monumental discontent for many. The law requires that manufacturers disclose GMO presence but allows for digital means, such as QR codes or links, as a way to comply with labeling.
The law also mandated a study to identify potential challenges associated with the electronic options. The study found multiple problems related to QR codes or links.
As you read this, USDA is writing the regulations implementing the law, and the first draft will be coming out soon. There’s still time for USDA to hear from you on the study’s findings and craft a comprehensive, user-friendly standard. Continue reading
There is a dangerous bill that will be marked up and voted on in the Senate tomorrow. Introduced by Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, it’s truly Monsanto’s dream bill. It’s unofficially called Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, and would take away the rights of states to pass GMO labeling laws. It would overturn the existing labeling laws in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine and make it harder for companies to label voluntarily.
It is indeed a dangerous bill and Big Food companies are spending millions right now to get it passed. That’s why your voice is urgently needed today. Make a call to your Senators and let them know how you feel. If you believe consumers have the right to know what’s in our food, like 64 other countries, then make that call.
This is our LAST CHANCE to stop the bill before it reaches the Senate floor and EWG makes it very easy:
I urge you to support GMO labeling. The script is below:
“The DARK Act, recently introduced in the Senate by Senator Pat Roberts, would pre-empt GMO labeling laws already passed in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut.
Like most Americans, I simply want to know what’s in my food and how it was produced. I strongly oppose legislation that would deny me this right, and I urge you to voice your opposition in order to protect our right to know what’s in our food.
Studies consistently show that the vast majority of Americans support GMO labeling. Some 64 nations around the world already have laws supporting this right.
The DARK Act keeps consumers in the dark. I urge you to do everything in your power to stop the DARK Act and instead support the consumer’s right to know what’s in our food.”
This is the most important thing you have to do today. Thanks for joining me!
The Right to Know campaign scored a major victory last week when Campbell’s Soup Company declared that it’s in support of US federal legislation for a mandatory labeling standard for GMO foods. Campbell’s went on to say that if a federal solution is not accomplished, it will label all of its US products for the presence of GMO ingredients. This declaration signifies that the consumer’s voice is just as important, if not more effective, as state ballot measures or legislation. It’s simple: the consumer wants to know what they’re eating and this is the first big food company to acknowledge those wishes. Continue reading
The 2014 midterm election is nearly one week away at the time I pen this blog. At stake is our right to know if we are ingesting GMO ingredients and feeding them to our children. This battle is currently being fought in two states; Colorado and Oregon. Big corporate money is doing its best to deny what over 90% of consumers want, to have foods containing GMO ingredients labeled. Over 60 countries around the globe have GMO labeling laws. Why is it that here in the U.S., big food and chemical corporations are spending millions just so we don’t join the rest of the world in this knowledge? This missive is a call to action to all of you who care about the issue.