April 20, 2014

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Should the Federal Government Mandate GMO Labeling? Should the Federal Government Mandate GMO Labeling?

The video here is Joel Salatin’s speech making the claim against federal initiatives to label GMO foods. He spoke in a debate with Dr. Mercola, who presented the pro-government labeling side. The debate was a fund-raising event sponsored by the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund in Atlanta. It should be noted that both persons debating are friends, and opposed to GMOs.

Both sides actually make great points, but Salatin’s message is the one less heard. He posted the transcript on the Polyface Farm Facebook Page here, which we copied below. It is a message that needs to be heard by all concerned about GMO products, and the dangers of relying on a government largely influenced by lobbyists from Big Ag and Big Food to do something to “protect” consumers.

Big Processed Food Companies Look to Eliminate GMO Labeling Big Processed Food Companies Look to Eliminate GMO Labeling

Politico broke a story last week showing how the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents such processed food giants as ConAgra, PepsiCo and Kraft, is trying to preempt state GMO labeling laws by formulating a bill at the national level.

While the story in Politico mentions that this is a bill that could reach the floor sometime later this year, it is good to be aware of this potential strategy in case we see it end up as a rider or amendment in the current Farm Bill currently under debate.

Should ANY legislation be passed at the national level, either preventing or requiring, GMO labeling?

Lack of GMO Labeling is Reducing our Exports and Costing the U.S. Jobs Lack of GMO Labeling is Reducing our Exports and Costing the U.S. Jobs

Joanna Shepherd-Bailey, PhD, has released a new report demonstrating how not labeling GMOs hurts the economy, makes the food industry less competitive worldwide, has a negative impact on food exports, imports, and jobs, diminishes tax revenue, and has a ripple impact on other associated industries. This is all, of course, in addition to the harm to consumers who are forced to eat an untested and potentially very dangerous food. What will happen if we don’t label GMOs? Dr. Shepherd-Bailey’s report shows that our ability to compete worldwide in agricultural products will be harmed.

Connecticut Passes First GMO Labeling Bill in U.S. Connecticut Passes First GMO Labeling Bill in U.S.

Today’s GMO labeling agreement is historic and we are proud to have played a role in its development. YOU should all be proud. Connecticut will now set the standard for states around the country to follow. We are grateful to all who worked to make this possible. Thank you to all our champions in the House and the Senate.

Updates on GMO Labeling Bills at State and Federal Levels Updates on GMO Labeling Bills at State and Federal Levels

It’s good news/bad news in Connecticut for GMO labeling advocates this week, where the state Senate voted 35-1 in favor of SB 802, a GE labeling bill that ANH-USA helped draft. After the Senate passed the bill, the Connecticut House accepted an amendment from Governor Dan Malloy and Speaker Brendan Sharkey, despite strong protest from advocates, that weakened the bill.

On the federal level, the Sanders amendment to the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, which would have permitted states to require the labeling of GMOs, failed with a vote of 71-27.

What Will Be in Your Organic Produce, Fish, and Fortified Grains if Codex Gets Its Way? What Will Be in Your Organic Produce, Fish, and Fortified Grains if Codex Gets Its Way?

Pesticides? Yes. GMOs? Maybe. Hormones? Maybe not. ANH-USA’s executive and legal director, Gretchen DuBeau, was a member of the US delegation to the Codex Committee of Food Labeling (CCFL), which met in Canada last week. We were honored to bring the voice of the consumer to the table at Codex, especially since it is otherwise heavily influenced by big corporate interests.

At this meeting, four areas of concern were discussed:

GMO labeling;
Whether the pesticide ethylene may be used on organic produce;
Organic standards for aquaculture and seaweed; and
Biofortification of grains.

GMO Labeling Bill Passes Vermont House GMO Labeling Bill Passes Vermont House

Friday May 10, 2013 the Vermont House of Representatives passed H.112 , this year’s GMO labeling law, by a vote of 99-42! This is the furthest any such legislation has made it through the legislative process in the US.

Biotech Exec Talks About “Unsustainable” Politics, but How About Unsustainable Food?? Biotech Exec Talks About “Unsustainable” Politics, but How About Unsustainable Food??

U.S. GMO food labeling drive has biotech industry biting back – New efforts to force labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops, including a bill introduced by U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, have struck a nerve with biotech crop developers who say they are rushing to roll out a broad strategy to combat consumer concerns about their products.

GMO Labeling Bill Introduced in Congress GMO Labeling Bill Introduced in Congress

The bill has some teeth. The question is whether it has legs. The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act was introduced last Wednesday in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Jared Polis Introduces Nationwide GMO Labeling Bill in U.S. Congress Jared Polis Introduces Nationwide GMO Labeling Bill in U.S. Congress

Image from Sustainable Pulse Health Impact News Editor Comments: Boulder Colorado Congressman Jared Polis announced last week that he was introducing legislation to require labeling of GMO foods nationwide. A couple of days later, lawmakers in his own state rejected a similar proposed law to require GMO labeling within the state of Colorado. Boulder congressman [...]



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