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Lies About The GMO 'Labeling' Bill 25.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the past week, my inbox has been filled with Google alerts about the new GMO "labeling " bill, S 764, which is on President Obama's desk to sign into law. The lies that are being fed to the American public are not, however, being eaten up by savvy consumers. We know that this so call labeling law is a farce and a direct attempt to destroy democracy. We know that many of our Senators and Congress members are lying to the American public and to our president. 1. Nowhere on the package will the words "GMO", "GE" or "Genetic engineering" be required to be shown. 2. The QR code, website, telephone number or symbol which is "required" will not be enforceable by fines of any amount, and therefore is not mandatory. 3. The bill eliminates Vermont's state law that required clearly written GMO labeling displayed on packages as "Produced with genetic engineering." That bill went into effect in Vermont on July 1 with a grace period of six months. S .764 also pre-empts the Maine, Connecticut and Virginia GMO ...
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Could President Obama Veto GMO Labeling Law? 25.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I just asked President Obama to veto the GMO labeling law, S. 764, which establishes an almost meaningless national labeling standard for genetically modified foods. The action took maybe two minutes, and if enough of us speak up now, a travesty could be averted. We need real regulation, I believe, not a sham pretense. Instead of requiring U.S. food labels to state which specific GM ingredients a product contains, labels would have a short line of text that a product contains at least some GM ingredients (two vague options available), or else a barcode that may be scanned, but no requirement to disclose which exact ingredients are genetically modified. Labeling disclosure regulation would fall under the generally GMO-friendly U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), not the more health-conscience Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which already regulates labeling food ingredients. The USDA would need to set up a new apparatus to do what the FD does already -- a wasteful use of our tax dollars, you may ...
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There's Something Disturbing About One of Hillary's Top VP Picks 20.7.2016 Mother Jones
Tom Vilsack is a trendy guy—but only if by "trendy," you mean " normcore ." He has spent the past eight years as secretary of the US Department of Agriculture—the country cousin of presidential cabinet positions. He's a solid centrist Democrat from Iowa, where he served two terms as governor, as well as a stint as mayor of a town called Mt. Pleasant ( pop. 8,668 ). He even calls himself a "workhorse, not a show horse." But he has been generating massive buzz as the possible vice-presidential pick of presumptive Dem nominee Hillary Clinton, recently catapulting to the upper echelons of her Veep shortlist. If she picks Vilsack and the ticket wins (the polling site 538 gives Clinton a 63 percent chance to prevail in November), the country will have its first vice president to be plucked the from the USDA since Franklin Roosevelt tapped Vilsack's fellow Iowan Henry Wallace in 1940. In other words, we'd have a food/farm policy wonk a heartbeat away from the presidency. But what kind of food policy wonk is ...
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Washington tribe joins legal challenge over modified salmon 20.7.2016 Seattle Times: Local

A Native American tribe in Washington state has joined a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s approval of an Atlantic salmon genetically modified to grow faster.
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The ABCs of genetically modified crops 19.7.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Like this column? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. In recent months, there have been a number of announcements related to genetically modified (GM) crops. It's these events that have inspired me to write about GM crops now. Genetic modification is the introduction of new traits to an organism by making changes to its genetic makeup -- essentially by manipulating DNA. In recent months, there have been a number of announcements related to genetically modified crops. So, what actions are being taken in Canada and internationally to expand the debate about GM ...
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Monsanto Tries to Build a Society of GMO and Pesticide Devotees, One Child at a Time 19.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
On October 14, 2015, the International Food Information Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation released a free, 38-page, downloadable lesson plan called " Bringing Biotechnology to Life: An Educational Resource for Grades 7-10 ."   The International Food Information Council is a  front group  funded by some of biggest names in biotech and junk food: Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, Nestle  and more . The American Farm Bureau Federation, according to  SourceWatch , is a "right-wing lobbying front for big agribusiness and agribusiness-related industries that works to defeat labor and environmental initiatives, including climate change legislation." The organization is adamantly against GMO labels, and even  spoke out  against Roberts' and Stabenow's deal for being too lenient. The lesson plan created by the International Food Information Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation is deceptively innocuous until Lesson 7, which includes the theme, "Where would we be without 'GMOs'?" In ...
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Avoid 'Miracle' Rice, Just Eat a Carrot! 16.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

Golden rice is a false miracle. It is a disease of nutritionally empty monocultures offered as a cure for nutritional deficiency. In fact, golden rice, if successful, will be 400% less efficient in providing Vitamin A...

Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, died on September 9, 2009. Alfred G. Gilman died on December 23, 2015. Both were Nobel laureates and now both dead. Gilman was a signatory to a recent letter condemning Greenpeace and its opposition to genetic engineering.

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In Victory for Food and Biotech Industries, Congress Passes DARK Act 2.0 15.7.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

President Barack Obama is poised to sign the so-called DARK Act, a GMO labeling bill critics say notches a win for the food and biotech industries but will still leave consumers in the dark about whether or not their food contains genetically modified ingredients.

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Congress passes GMO labeling bill after compromise neither side is happy with 15.7.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The proposal will require food companies to disclose their GMO ingredients, but that information doesn't have to be on the packaging. It's a compromise, and neither side is all that enthused.
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Congress Sets GMO Label Rules That Supersede State Measures 15.7.2016 Wall St. Journal: US Business
In a victory for food companies, Congress has passed a federal requirement for labeling products made with genetically modified organisms that will supersede tougher measures passed by Vermont and considered in others.
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GMO labeling law heads to White House 15.7.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

The wrangling over how the language of the law will be interpreted and put into practice will probably go on for years.
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Congress Just Passed A GMO Labeling Bill. Nobody's Super Happy About It 15.7.2016 NPR News
The proposal will require food companies to disclose their GMO ingredients, but that information doesn't have to be on the packaging. It's a compromise, and neither side is all that enthused.
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Keeping Secrets From Consumers: Labeling Law a Win for Industry-Academic Collaborations 15.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
You've heard the mantra over and over - there are no safety concerns associated with genetically engineered crops. That refrain, music to agrichemical and biotech seed industry ears, has been sung repeatedly by U.S. lawmakers who have just passed a national law that allows companies to avoid stating on food packages if those products contain genetically engineered ingredients. Sen. Pat Roberts, who shepherded the law through the Senate, dismissed both consumer concerns and research that has fed fears about potential health risks related to genetically engineered crops, in lobbying on behalf of the bill. "Science has proven again and again that the use of agriculture biotechnology is 100 percent safe," Roberts declared on the Senate floor on July 7 before bill passed. The House then approved the measure on July 14 in a 306-117 vote. Under the new law, which now heads to President Obama's desk, state laws mandating GMO labeling are nullified, and food companies need not clearly tell consumers if foods ...
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QR Codes for GMO Labeling Could Actually Be a Great Idea. Could 14.7.2016 Wired Top Stories
QR Codes for GMO Labeling Could Actually Be a Great Idea. Could
Congress just passed a bill that lets food companies use a QR code instead of a plain label to disclose GMO information. The post QR Codes for GMO Labeling Could Actually Be a Great Idea. Could appeared first on WIRED.
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Congress Passes Industry-Backed GMO Bill 14.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Congress passed a bill on Thursday that wipes out state laws requiring the labeling of genetically modified ingredients in food. The bill particularly strikes down a Vermont labeling law that just went into effect this month and required ingredients derived from genetic engineering to be disclosed on packaging. The new bill, which passed 306-117 in the House, is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama. It makes the explicit labeling of genetically modified ingredients voluntary, and says that companies may instead use a computer-generated “quick response” or QR code. Consumers can scan that code with a smartphone and go to a website to find out if a product has GMOs. Not all ingredients that come from genetically modified plants would have to be labeled, either. If modified genes are removed in the manufacturing process ― something that happens with soy oil, sugar and corn syrup ― there would not have to be a notification. The bill’s backers said it would give customers who are ...
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Congress OKs bill requiring first GMO food labels 14.7.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers wanting to know if their foods contain genetically modified ingredients will be able to find out for the first time. Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Thursday that would require most food packages to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic code readable by smartphone that indicates […]
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Congress Backs Big Food Over Consumers; President Should Veto GMO Anti-Labeling Law 14.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today’s vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to approve a law that allows food companies to avoid clearly labeling foods made with genetically engineered ingredients cheats consumers out of information they are entitled to have, and should be vetoed by President Obama, according to the consumer advocacy group U.S. Right to Know.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Calls on President Obama to Reject Discriminatory Labeling Bill 14.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Food Safety Today Reverend Jesse Jackson urged President Obama to veto the GMO labeling bill that is currently before the House, should it reach his desk. In a letter sent directly to the president the renowned civil rights activist called attention to the “serious inequities [in the] GMO labeling legislation.” The bill would allow companies to use QR codes in place of on-package labeling to disclose product ...
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The GMO Labeling Farce 14.7.2016 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The organic food lobby wants to raise the cost of your groceries.
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Farmers Rebel After Organic 'Elites' Throw Support Behind Sham Label Law 13.7.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

The Stabenow-Roberts GMO labeling bill, which the House of Representatives is expected to vote on this week, has deepened a rift within the organic industry as farmers and other dedicated opponents of genetically modified (GM or GMO) agriculture are breaking ties with those who support the legislation (pdf), which is backed by both Monsanto and the powerful Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).

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