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Sen. Boxer Pushes to Label GMOs

by: Brian Leubitz

Thu May 02, 2013 at 08:48:27 AM PDT

Legislation would require labeling of genetically modified food nationally

by Brian Leubitz

California's food labeling measure, Prop 37, was defeated by less than two points (51.4-48.6) last year, and that's with a mountain of industry cash against a small group of determined activists. California would have been a launching ground for the labeling of genetically modified food, But with an issue like food, maybe it is better to bring at the national level.

And that's just what Senator Boxer is doing with the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act. Along with a strong bipartisan coalition, including such interesting inclusions as Sens. Lisa Murkowski(R-AK), Jon Tester (D-MT), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), and a slew of progressive Congress members.

According to surveys, more than 90 percent of Americans support the labeling of genetically engineered foods. That is until a campaign comes along, dumps a bunch of cash into confusion, and suddenly things change. That being said, many consumers are surprised to learn that GE foods are not already labeled.

Currently, the FDA requires the labeling of over 3,000 ingredients, additives and processes, but the agency has resisted labels for genetically modified foods. In a 1992 policy statement, the FDA allowed GE foods to be marketed without labeling, claiming that these foods were not "materially" different from other foods because the genetic differences could not be recognized by taste, smell or other senses.  

Clearly passing legislation like this will not be easy. There are still a lot of food producers that are willing to oppose this to the very end. However, informing consumers can't really be a bad thing. After all, people are still eating foods that are labelled as containing large amounts of unhealthy ingredients as it is. This just gives people the option of knowing what they are eating. And today Sen. Boxer will be promoting the legislation at the Berkeley HQ of Clif Bar, along with some notable food producers. Getting behind this legislation would be a positive development for the industry, and show consumers that they can trust what they eat.

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another way to look at it (0.00 / 0)
I'm not backing this one. I voted for 37 but my view changed because a negative labeling will actually hurt the non-GMO industry.   I'd rather see foods be labelled NOT GMO.  This would create a premium label that would create potentially more profit for non-GMO foods an encourage producers to go the NOT-GMO route.

You never heard of the industry fighting the Organic label. Its the same thing. The one thing is that consumers will just have to assume that if its not organic or NOT-GMO.  Then it is GMO (its going that way anyways).

Ptop 37 (0.00 / 0)
I'f lobr yo drr ptop 37 ot domryhinh dimilar run during a General Election
So much trash and lies spread by the FrankenFood industry
Where were Boxer, Brown, Geinstein during the 37 campaign ??

People have a right to know !!

For what it's worth, Boxer was a big supporter of Prop 37 (0.00 / 0)
That image you see in this post was from a release that the Yes on 37 campaign sent out with her endorsement. As for the other statewide leaders, most of them didn't take a position.

I think?

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