FDA’s Voluntary GMO Labeling Is Good for Monsanto, Bad for Consumers
battle on for laws mandating the labeling of genetically modified
organisms (GMOs) in food products, some lawmakers are taking the GMO
labeling debate in a different direction. And it’s a direction that’s
anything but consumer friendly.
Last month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) asked the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to finalize its 2001 guidance on voluntary labeling of GMOs.
advertised their request as a move intended to benefit you, the
consumer. But in fact, a federal voluntary labeling plan plays right
into the hands of the biotech and big food industries.
Sorry, Senators. But voluntary will never be the new mandatory.
the FDA heeds the request of Senators Warren and Udall, we could see
the end of states’ rights to label GMOs. And the end of non-GMO
certification and labeling. Not exactly the consumer-friendly sort of
advocating we’re looking for.
It’s a pretty safe
bet that if Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA),
two of the largest funders of campaigns to defeat GMO labeling, are in
favor of something, that “something” won’t be good for you.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) have signaled support for FDA guidance on voluntary labeling of GMOs. A move to protect consumers? Hardly. After all, Monsanto and the GMA
also want the FDA to finalize its voluntary guidance on GMO labeling.
And that wouldn’t be true unless the biotech and food industries thought
there was something in it for them.
What might that
something be? Perhaps the path to preemption of states’ rights to label
GMOs. Or the end of certified non-GMO labels. Or maybe both.
it makes sense to contact senators outside your own state, especially
when they’re advocating for a law that could hurt all consumers.
This is one of those times. Please
sign our petition below, and forward it widely. Then pick up the phone
and ask Senators Warren and Udall to side with you, not Monsanto and the
GMA, by supporting state and federal mandatory GMO labeling laws.
For more than two decades, Monsanto has been poisoning our water, our soil, our food.
now, the Biotech Bully is focused on one thing: Poisoning the minds of
voters in Washington State - voters who are still on the fence about
I-522, an initiative to label GMOs in food sold in grocery stores.
Last week, Monsanto
and friends launched a statewide, anti-labeling, anti-I-522 ad blitz. It
looks a lot like the $46-million worth of negative, deceitful ads they
unleashed last year this time in California. Ads that helped defeat
California’s GMO labeling initiative.
Dow, Bayer, BASF and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (representing
the junk food gang) are footing the bill. With almost $12 million (so
far) to spend, they’re running ads that are dishonest and misleading.
But clever. And convincing.
If you’re a busy mom
or college student, a distracted worker with too much on your everyday
plate, you might be hearing “GMO” for the first time. From Monsanto. The
lies Monsanto will feed you – that labeling will cost you money, that
farmers and grocers will be hurt – just might resonate.
If you never see or hear the truth, from the YES on I-522 campaign, you could be one of the voters who checks the “NO” box.
what we’re up against, today, in Washington State. And that’s why we
need your help. Today. To reach all those fence sitters. And the voters
who are hearing about GMOs for the first time. Your donation will help
us dilute the poison. And win this seminal GMO labeling battle. Thank
It’s not a done deal yet. But we’re close to scoring a huge victory: the end of the Monsanto Protection Act.
24), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Committee on
Appropriations, proposed an alternative to the House version of the
Continuing Resolution, a bill to fund the federal government beyond
Sept. 30, 2013. Absent from the new-and-improved version is the Farmers
Assurance Provision, that sneaky, Monsanto-friendly “policy rider”
better known as the Monsanto Protection Act.
On Tuesday, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) told Poltico: “That provision will be gone.”
Gone from the Senate version. But will the House approve the Senate’s new Continuing Resolution? With more than 30 hours
of debate to go, there’s no guarantee the Senate and House will come to
terms on any new bill. Much less one without the Monsanto Protection
In the meantime, we hope. And we keep up the pressure on our Senators TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Vote No on the Continuing Resolution unless the Monsanto Protection Act is removed
Let’s Up the Buzz to Protect the Bees!
OCA, along with Friends of the Earth, SumofUs.org and other protectors
of the environment have called on Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop selling
plants coated in neonicotinoids. Neonics, as they’re
not-so-affectionately called, are a class of pesticides considered
largely responsible for killing off the honeybee.
The 2013 Farm Bill still has a pulse, but not much of one.
On September 19, the
U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the bill. It
contains almost $40 billion over 10 years in cuts to the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the main food assistance program
that used to be called food stamps.
Now what? The current
Farm Bill expires on September 30. With only a few days left it’s not
likely the House and Senate will agree on, and pass, a new five-year
bill. Dale Moore, the executive director of public policy for the
American Farm Bureau Federation, told the New York Times this week, “Right now, we’re just hoping that something will get done before the end of the year.” Cutting
benefits for the poor to give subsidies to the rich agribusinesses
doesn’t seem like something that should “get done.” Nor does passing a
bill that contains an amendment that could overturn states’ rights to
The OCA has joined an 80+ coalition that is calling on lawmakers to oppose the King Amendment,
Sec. 11312 of H.R. 2642, a provision to the House-approved version of
the Farm Bill that could wipe out countless state laws and rules
regulating agriculture and food labeling. If you
haven’t yet signed our petition asking Congress to reject the King
Amendment, or any federal legislation that would stomp on states’ rights
to label GMOs, now would be a good time.
Can’t think of a better way to celebrate World Food Day than to stick it to Monsanto. En masse.
Two groups - March
against Monsanto and and Moms Across America - are targeting the Biotech
Bully during the week of October 12 – 18. No strangers to Monsanto
protests, both groups have organized marches in the past. And generated
global participation. And global publicity.
You know how it goes.
The more the merrier. And the more powerful. How about finding an event
near you? And corralling your friends and family, too? Join a Moms Across America World Food Day Event Join a March Against Monsanto World Food Day Event
One Down, One to Go
to tens of thousands of consumers like you, the National Organic
Standards Board (NOSB) gave a thumbs down to extending the deadline for
getting tetracycline out of organic pears and apples. The NOSB ruled earlier this year that growers will have to stop using tetracycline after Oct. 21, 2014.
But, oops. One more thing. The NOSB is still considering allowing
growers to use streptomycin until 2016, instead of requiring them to
adhere to the original 2014 deadline. So it looks like they need to hear
from us again. By October 1.
sprayed with streptomycin exposes our healthy gut flora to risk,
increasing our chances of developing resistance to an antibiotic that’s
critical for treating tuberculosis, tularemia, plague, bacterial
endocarditis, brucellosis and other diseases. Growers use the antibiotic
to fight fire blight, a bacterial disease that kills the shoots of
apple and pear trees. But there are other, better ways to fight fire blight. TAKE ACTION: Tell the NOSB to Get Streptomycin Out of Organic Apples and Pears!