UPDATE: Last week, members of Congress used a procedural trick to fast-track a new GMO labeling bill. Now there will be a vote to end debate about the bill TOMORROW. If you haven't already taken action, scroll down below and send a message to your senators telling them to reject S. 764.
For weeks, Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) had been working on a GMO labeling bill that would pre-empt Vermont’s mandatory labeling law. They finally reached a compromise, and it’s not good.The bill requires the labeling of packaged food containing GMOs in one of three ways: an electronic code that consumers can scan; a USDA-developed symbol; or a label. The bill leaves it to manufacturers to decide which method of the three methods they prefer.
Now guess which method Big Food will choose? We don’t have no doubts that they will choose the electronic code that can only be read with a scanner. They know that few will want to do this and even fewer will be able to.
The QR code is hardly a label in any meaningful sense of the word. It adds a barrier between the consumer and the information he or she wants, and discriminates against those who do not own smartt phones—which is half of people living in rural areas, 75% of those over 65, and half of those making less than $30,000 a year. This legislation discriminates against all these people and especially the poorest Americans. Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts should be ashamed of this.
This bill is a wolf in sheep's clothing: it pays lip service to mandatory labeling but is designed to block Vermont's GMO labeling law and keep consumers in the dark about what's in their food.Contact your senators and the White House and tell them to OPPOSE this legislation.
Please vote NO on the Roberts-Stabenow GMO bill
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