by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer – Common Dreams, 24 June 2016


“This kind of labeling system is inadequate and inherently discriminatory against one third of Americans who do not own smartphones, and even more so against rural, low income, and elderly populations or those without access to the internet.” (Photo: Shutterstock)


‘I am going to everything I can to defeat this legislation,’ says Bernie Sanders

The “compromise” food-labeling bill announced Thursday by leaders of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is nothing less than a “rollback of democracy at the behest of the world’s largest agribusiness and biotech corporations,” said Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter.

The legislation in question would create the first mandatory, nationwide labeling standard for food products containing genetically modified organisms that are commonly referred to as GMOs.

Unlike Vermont’s GMO-labeling law, which would require items to be clearly marked “produced with genetic engineering,” the compromise bill would allow food companies to use a text label, a symbol, or electronic “QR codes” accessed by smartphone—a system “that will send shoppers on a wild scavenger hunt to figure out what GMOs might be in their food,” wrote Jo Miles of Food & Water Watch on Friday.

It would supersede Vermont’s law and prohibit states from setting their own labeling requirements; exempt foods that have meat, poultry, and egg products as main ingredients; and include no federal penalties for violations of the labeling requirements.


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