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Bill Introduced in House and Senate to Require Labeling of GE Foods

Following state-level initiatives on the West Coast, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “clearly label” all genetically engineered (GE) foods, including foods that are made from GE grains and GE salmon, if it is approved by the agency.

The bill, dubbed the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, has ten co-sponsors in the Senate, including Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who represents a big salmon state and is supportive of labeling GE salmon, Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and nearly two dozen co-sponsors in the House, including Reps. Don Young (R-AK), also a vocal supporter of labeling GE salmon; Chellie Pingree (D-ME); Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Jim McDermott (D-WA).

While polls have found that nine in ten Americans support labeling, a high profile proposition, Prop. 37, which would have mandated labeling in California failed last year. Washington state is set to put a similar initiative on the ballot next election.

“Americans have the right to know what is in the food they eat so they can make the best choices for their families,” Senator Boxer said in the announcement Wednesday. “This legislation is supported by a broad coalition of consumer groups, businesses, farmers, fishermen and parents who all agree that consumers deserve more – not less – information about the food they buy.”

Rep. Polis said the bill is about “empowering consumers: consumers can chose to eat or not eat GMOs, or to pay more or less for GMOs.” He said he believes consumers have a right to know what they are eating.  I believe consumers have a right to know what they are eating so they can make their own informed food choices. I am proud to be working toward more informative food labels.”

More than 60 countries have some form of mandated GE labeling for foods, but in the U.S. labeling has been on a voluntary basis, with a hodge podge of “GMO-free,” or genetically modified organism-free, certifications and independent labels. In the early 1990s, the FDA determined that GE foods were not materially different from their non-GE counterparts and so there was no need to mandate labels, but 20 years later a movement has been built to pressure legislatures to reverse course.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303543898 Marge Mullen

    This all makes more sense to me now….eat the GMO’s, get sick and support Obuma Care and either get better or go off and die.

    • http://www.facebook.com/missy.bems Missy Bems

      You really don’t know much about this subject, do you? Just trying to find an outlet for your bigotry.

  • Mackenzie Dierks

    It’s great that people want to know what’s in their food. The problem is that these bills are backed by groups that want to label it so they can point product, and producer, out as “bad”. Whether on the Monsanto or Non-GMO Project side. It upsets me that groups are pushing so hard to have science taken out of agriculture – which is apparently the only business sector that’s not allowed to utilize it. There are products labeled GMO Free and Organic by USDA requirements must be GMO free. If you are truly afraid of GMOs in your food there are options for you. And if people are as concerned with knowing their food as they claim why aren’t they producing it themselves. That’s the best way to know what’s going on with your food and it gives you a sense of pride knowing you put in the hard work and did it yourself. We’ve turned ourselves into a cynical, skeptical culture convinced that everyone is trying to dupe us. Food is one of the three most basic human needs and with obesity and affluence it’s often taken for granted as a given.

    • http://www.facebook.com/godsdragonslayr Godsdragonslayr Bos Palos

      And that ruling in 1990 was bought!

    • http://www.facebook.com/polinazz Polina Zhitomirsky

      What about the GM Salmon? If it’s not labeled, there is no way to know.

    • http://www.facebook.com/arcataheart.shrine Arcata Heart Shrine

      We are going to Label this garbage and then people will be made aware. There is enough information out now that we know GMO food is dangerous, cuases cancer, and Organ Failure. Increased use of pesticides and herbacides are polluting our rivers, streams, and groundwater. People who live close to farms are bearing children with birth defects. GMO foods are not safe and the claim that they have increased yields is propaganda spewed by the Bio-Tech companies to sell their products, and yes its been debunked. Monsanto has been the cause of Heart break and bankruptcy of farmers around the world. In India 250k farmers have commit suicide to save their farms from Monsanto (google it). Yes Science has its place and science includes its own checks and balances. GMO food is highly controversial within the scientific and medical community. Monsanto and other Bio-Tech firms are not being reguklated properly and have been giving the right to perform their own safety studies by the FDA and USDA, what a joke. Monsanros tests ae 3 months long the Seralani study was 2 years long and very accurate. Huge tumors were found almost 50% the size of the rats bodies. Of course Monsanto used there millions to try and tarnish the study with BS propaganda but those of us who are paying attention were not swayed. There is a reason why GMO’s are banned in so many countries or at least require labels. Time for the USA to wake up and take our food supply out of the hands of the greedy few. Next we boycott then we BAN it. Watch us move. No trolls or misinformed people will slow us down. The tide is rising an a tsunami of dissent is coming towards the Big Bio-Tech and pesticide industry. No you cant stop us now. “There is enough on this earth for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed.”

      • Mackenzie Dierks

        Okay, please direct me to this information. Also, not a troll. I work with agriculture every day and I do not get my information by google-ing it. The Seralini study was not accurate, yes it was discredited by agri-business but also by many research scientists with no stake in the GM debate and the EU (a group very against GMO so if it were fully accurate they’d jump behind it). This post will not change your views or your mind but hopefully someone gets something out of it. Proof read your posts next time, it detracts from taking you seriously.

  • farmber

    Labeling shouldn’t be a big deal, really. Consumers have a right to know what’s in and on OUR food.