This could be our last chance to save GMO labeling. Even if you’ve already called and written your Senators, PLEASE DO IT AGAIN. A vote could happen this week or next.
Senators Roberts (R-KS) and Stabenow (D-MI) have released their “compromise” GMO labeling bill and it’s bad. It creates a labeling scheme to immediately override democratically established GMO labeling laws in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine, but would not require any labeling for 2 years, while USDA comes up with some vague labeling standard using discriminatory QR codes, websites or 800 numbers.
Thank them for their previous support for GE transparency.
Urge them to stand firm and vote NO on this proposal designed to bypass any real transparency.
Big Ag supports this compromise because it knows consumers don’t use QR codes and that “labeling” via QR codes really is no labeling at all.
Only 64 percent of Americans own a smartphone able to access QR codes. That means more than a third of all Americans would not be able to access GMO information under the Roberts-Stabenow “compromise.”
This bill has huge loopholes, exempting most GE foods from any labeling.
- defines GE so narrowly that soy and canola oil, sugar from GE sugar beets, glyphosate-ready crops, and most Bt crops would be exempt
- the definition of “bioengineering” is much weaker than FDA’s definition and global definitions
- labeling would be exempt from rules on false and misleading claims
- no penalties for non-compliance
- it appears untrue that 25,000 more food products would be labeled
This watered down proposal is a world away from what nine of 10 Americans demand. It is designed to preempt four state labeling laws while not requiring any meaningful labeling at all.
Please call our senators.
GMO Free San Juans with copy from PCC Markets, Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network