labeling” bill that actually avoids labeling has been approved by Congress and now must be signed by the President.
public is being told the Roberts-Stabenow bill is a “mandatory labeling” bill,
but don’t be fooled—it is a complete sham designed to avoid real mandatory
labeling. Companies can choose how to label their food, and many will force
consumers to use a smartphone to scan a bar code on a product’s label. In
addition, there are no penalties for mislabeling food, so a company can simply
ignore the law with impunity.
a further analysis of the bill, we found something even more troubling. There
are provisions that could be interpreted to take away companies’ ability to
label their food as non-GMO!
provision states that foods not required by the bill to label as GMO cannot
then claim they are non-GMO by default. So far so good. But elsewhere in the
bill, there is language that says it is sufficient for a food that is certified
by the USDA’s organic program to be labeled as non-GMO.
these sentences may seem innocuous, we think they may be intended down the road
to allow Big Food to sue companies not part of the USDA’s certified organic
program if they label their food as non-GMO. Keep in mind that many small family
farm producers who are actually making organic products do not have the
resources to go through the USDA’s costly and lengthy organic certification
process. If this bill takes away their ability to label their food as non-GMO,
this bill will make the present situation even worse for them.
Write to President Obama and urge him to veto this legislation!
Please veto the GMO labeling bill
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]