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GMO Labeling Law: What Just Happened?

In the midst of the world meltdown, a GMO labeling law just passed the house and senate. It is now expected to be signed by Pres.Obama. hmmm…it assumes that anyone who wants to know whether their food is genetically modified can just pull out a smartphone and scan the QR code…Why not just say “Genetically Modified”-so simple, and give everyone who can read the ability to know what they are putting into their body. The Non-GMO community already does this. If the Monsanto Clan (GMO) of bought-off “scientific research” claims are accurate, what do they have to worry about? Just (really) Label it!

All public representatives should be help accountable for what they promise:

“Let folks know when their food is genetically modified, because Americans have a right to know what they’re buying.” (Barack Obama, 2007) The vote is considered a win for the chemical farming industry and corporations like Monsanto and Dow that create GMO seeds and pesticides designed for use on those seeds. “While we regret that Vermont’s landmark labeling bill will now be postponed, it is now certain that within a few years, every GMO food

will carry an on-package disclosure. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., blasted the bill as “weak” and “full of loopholes.” He said the legislation not only unfairly puts the onus on the consumer to do extra work to check ingredients, but it was unnecessary because several food companies have started to label their products ahead of Vermont’s first-in-the-nation labeling law that took effect July 1.

“The GMO labeling legislation passed by the Senate [Thursday] night falls short of what consumers rightly expect — a simple at-a-glance GMO disclosure on the package,” says Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Just Label It and Stonyfield Farm. “It also contains ambiguities that could needlessly narrow the scope of biotechnologies covered and is vague on what GMO content levels require labeling and enforcement penalties for non-compliance.”

The Food Democracy Now website says the bill was not only pushed by Monsanto, but also by a “corrupt cabal of organic executives” that the site calls “the QR cartel.” Who’s included in the cartel? General Mills, Smucker’s … and even Organic Valley and Whole Foods, sadly.

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