gmo-labeling

EXPOSED: The Fake Battle to Label GMO & Why You Fell For It

There is a fake battle to label GMO in order to confine the whole discussion at the confines of label and not the outright banning of the whole GMO industry which only profits the Corporations and gradually kills the people which is really its prime objective.

EXPOSED: The Fake Battle to Label GMO & Why You Fell For It

Susanne Posel (OC) : Consumer Reports (CR) came out to support the Washington State initiative 552 “that would require labels on foods that are genetically engineered” or containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Michael Hansen, senior scientist at the CU Consumers Union (CU), said : “We’re still all guinea pigs when it comes to eating GE foods. When genetic engineering changes a plant, it may create toxins. And we still don’t know what the health effects might be. At the very least, consumers have the right to know what they’re eating.”

No_GMO_USA_SP_OCThis argument over the labeling of GMOs is a manufactured battle created by the Bio Tech Industry (BTI). BIO has invested more than $6 million to bribe Capitol Hill into supporting their efforts.

Previously food manufacturers stated that they will give in to labeling GMO if they can voluntarily participate in the rule.

These corporations are currently lobbying Congress to “pass legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration to create guidelines for the new labels, which food manufacturers could use.”

These processed foods giants are proposing a “voluntary labeling of genetically modified foods” in an attempt to preempt the possibility that more states will consider legislation to make this practice law.

The groups involved in this offering include:

• National Corn Growers Association
• National Restaurant Association
• National Beverage Association

In 2001, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drafted an industry guide on voluntary labeling of GMO ingredients in consumer products.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) are moving to support a voluntary labeling policy which would preempt “any state labeling laws that are not identical to the federal program.”

Another aspect of the swindle is state legislations being passed that claim to mandate labeling GMOs.

The state of Vermont is one example wherein the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) have lobbied to have a law passed “requiring that all genetically modified foods sold in the state must be labeled” which goes into effect in 2016.

Follow lobbyists in favor of the bill included:

• Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)
• Snack Food Association (SFA)
• International Dairy Food Association (IDFA)
• National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

However, milk and cheese were magically omitted from the legislation; possibly because the state has so much invested in the dairy industry.

Falko Schilling, lobbyist for VPIRG, explained this favoritism: “We wanted to make the law about genetically modified foods. Milk itself is not genetically modified.”

Many dairy products are made from GMO materials. When livestock consumes GMO corn or other staples, this directly affects the constituents of the milk their produce – the same milk that is used to make a multitude of dairy products.

Dairy products produced without using Monsanto’s rbGH but may contain GMO materials include (this list is not meant to be all-inclusive):

• Horizon Organic
• Nature by Nature
• Organic Valley
• Safeway Organic Brand
• Darigold
• Foster Farms Dairy
• Tillamook Cheese
• Prairie Farms Dairy
• Shamrock Farms
• Smith Dairy Products

On Capitol Hill a current proposal, Senate Bill 1666 , outlines how food sold to the public containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must be labeled; although which GMO ingredient need not be printed on the product.

Only that GMOs are present. Whole Foods Market (WFM) has implemented a requirement of labeling GMOs in their products to be fully activated by 2018. Trader Joe’s has been GMO-free for a decade now.

The restaurant chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill is making a concerted effort to become GMO-free; although they have yet to accomplish this goal. Ben and Jerry’s announced their plan to become GMO-free by 2015.

Susanne Posel, Occupy Corporatism

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Forget Labels: 10 Important Reasons to Just Say No to GMOs

Susanne Posel (OC) : The Academy of Environmental Medicine (AEM) genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been shown through studies to cause:

• Organ damage   • Gastrointestinal and immune system disorders   • accelerated aging   • infertility .

GMO_GMO Label_USA_SP_OCThe unknown factor in consuming GMOs has some scientists concerned that the use of them as a staple in the average Americans diet could lead to new:

• Allergens   • Carcinogens   • Nutritional deficiencies   • Toxins.

GMOs have created a perfect situation for the rise of superweeds and the decline of birds, butterflies, bees, frogs, and micro-organisms that live in soil, lakes and streams.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released survey results for 2014 which show a shockingly high number of farmers are planting GMO crops. An estimated 93% of the corn planted this year is GMO.

Melissa Wdowik, assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at Colorado State University (CSU) explained :

“Genetic engineering involves the transfer of genes for particular traits between species. Other terms for genetically engineered, or GE, plants (or foods derived from them) are genetically modified, or GM, genetically modified organism, or GMO, and bioengineered.”

Wdowik continued:

“The question remains, will labeling of GMOs help? Food labeling may give transparency for consumers to make informed decisions, but critics remind us that the cost will be passed on to taxpayers and consumers, and loopholes make the benefits questionable: Many foods will be exempt even when they do contain GE ingredients. Some experts support labels but want to wait for more accurate, reliable labeling rules. In the meantime, interested consumers can buy certified organic foods, which are by law free of GE ingredients, or “Non-GMO Verified” products.”

Patrick Byrne, professor of plant breeding genetics for the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) explains that the current GMO labeling required by the FDA applies

“only if the food has a nutritional or food safety property that is significantly different from what consumers would expect of that food. Otherwise, the FDA has not considered the methods used to produce new plant varieties (such as hybridization or genetic engineering) to present systematic differences in nutritional properties or safety concerns compared to standard methods of traditional plant breeding. Therefore, the method of development is not considered material information required to be disclosed in the labeling of foods under U.S. food safety laws (FDA, 1992). Early in 2001, the FDA proposed voluntary guidelines for companies that choose to label foods as to whether they do or do not contain GM ingredients if they see sufficient market opportunities for doing so.”

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has been lobbying Capitol Hill with an estimated $6 million in bribe monies to ensure support for their version of labeling GMO for consumers.

Back in February, food manufacturers stated that they will give in to labeling GMO if they can voluntarily participate in the rule.

These corporations are currently lobbying Congress to “pass legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration to create guidelines for the new labels, which food manufacturers could use.”

These processed foods giants are proposing a “voluntary labeling of genetically modified foods” in an attempt to preempt the possibility that more states will consider legislation to make this practice law.

The groups involved in this offering include:  • National Corn Growers Association   • National Restaurant Association   • National Beverage Association

In 2001, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drafted an industry guide on voluntary labeling of GMO ingredients in consumer products.

The GMA are moving to support a voluntary labeling policy which would preempt “any state labeling laws that are not identical to the federal program.”

Susanne Posel, Occupy Corporatism

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