“American consumers want the right to know what is in the food they eat, plain and simple,” said Rebecca Spector, who spearheads Maine’s GE labeling legislative efforts at Center for Food Safety.
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The power of the real food movement has gained steam over the years, with customers demanding more organic and non-GMO food as they learn about the risks of eating GE ingredients. We want these frankenfood ingredients obviously labeled, but Koch industries and Monsanto have teamed up to end your right to know about whether your food contains GMOs!
Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) plans to introduce legislation to prevent states from enacting laws requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food. He is sponsoring the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s (GMA) plan to pursue federal legislation to block states from enacting “right to know” law.
It’s pretty scary to see just how far companies like Monsanto are willing to go to keep consumers in the dark. According to the Center for Food Safety, between Washington State and California, Monsanto, GMA (including Georgia-Pacific), and others, have contributed over $67 million to keep consumers in the dark about GE foods!
“GMA’s selection of Congressman Pompeo as their champion shows how extreme the proposal really is,” said Colin O’Neil, director of government affairs for Center for Food Safety.
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“Selecting Pompeo creates an unholy alliance between Monsanto and Koch Industries, two of the most reviled corporations in America. With Vermont, Oregon and other states poised to take action this year, it is clear that GMA is scared of what’s ahead,” added O’Neil. “They know that the food movement’s power is growing and that labeling is not a matter of if but when. They are afraid of state action and now they’re trying to steal away consumer choice in Congress.”
The power of the movement is indeed growing, so keep speaking your mind and demanding GMOs be labeled!
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The bill includes a “prohibition against mandatory labeling,” according to The Hill, echoing powerful interest groups that have already declared war against such “right to know” labeling laws around the nation.
Russian Officials Propose New Restrictions on Genetically-Modified Organisms
MOSCOW, April 3 (RIA Novosti) – The certification of non-agricultural genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) could be restricted to ten years, according to a draft law by Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science revealed on Thursday.
Previously, such certification was unlimited in duration. Certificates of state registration of GMOs, as well as products containing GMOs, will be valid for up to ten years under the legislation.
The draft document proposes a separate system of registration for GMO crops.
In February, the State Duma introduced a bill banning the cultivation of GMO food products. Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that a government decree legalizing GMO crops would be corrected.
President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian citizens to be protected from genetically modified foods. He noted that this could be done while complying with obligations of the World Trade Organization.
Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance has repeatedly stated that the health of seeds is the basis of food security of the Russian Federation. The Office notes that the development, testing and seed production of GMO crops were monopolized by multinational corporations, that may be artificially restricting access to data on the adverse effects of the widespread of such products.
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