Here we go again.
While we’re off enjoying our summer break, Congress is poised to pull another fast one by passing a dishrag of a GMO labeling law while none of us are looking. A law that essentially signs away our basic right to know what we’re eating right out from under our sun-kissed noses.
While most of us were distracted by summer fun or the presidential race drama the Senate quietly pushed through a GMO labeling law.
Sounds like great news if you’re among those of us that have been rallying for transparent GMO labeling that allows us to make decisions about what we’re eating and serving to our loved ones, right?
Unreadable GMO food labels are useless
But unless you’re a computer you’re bound to be disappointed by the reality. Because it turns out the GMO details aren’t even going to be printed in English. Instead it will be buried in an unreadable QR code.
The QR code is that little black and white square you see on product packaging. And if you want to know if that food you’re about to buy has been genetically modified you’re going to have to download an app to your cellphone that can scan it and read it first.
Can you imagine trying to scan every single item you want to buy before putting it in your cart? Few of us have that kind of patience, let alone time. Is it any wonder that the food industry just loves this cockeyed plan?
But you haven’t even heard the worst of it. It turns out most foods that contain GMO ingredients won’t even get the QR code treatment because the holes in this law are so huge you could drive a truck through them.
99% of ingredients exempt from GMO labeling
In fact, up to 99 percent of ingredients that have been genetically tinkered with would be exempt, according to the Center for Food Safety.
Think that’s bad? It is! But wait, there’s more.
If the new law passes in the House it will instantly nullify all other laws on GMO labeling. And that might be the biggest tragedy of all, because there is already an existing GMO labeling law that actually gets it right.
The state of Vermont has already passed a law that should serve as the prototype for the entire country. One of the clearest indicators that it’s a good piece of legislation that puts consumers in the driver’s seat was how the food industry reacted. They hated it.
The industry made dire predictions of skyrocketing food prices as manufacturers switched to new packaging, and food shortages as some companies opted out of selling their products in the state.
Did that happen? Nope!
GMO labels allow for informed food decisions
But here’s what did happen. The law went into effect earlier this month and the only thing worth mentioning is a simple line of print now appears on food labels that has given consumers the ability to make informed decisions when they food shop.
In fact if you have no interest in the genetic engineering issue you probably wouldn’t even notice the change. Yes, it really is that unassuming. (To get a look at a real GMO label click here.)
The new law, if passed, would remove this simple, user-friendly labeling and replace it with an unreadable code.
But there’s still time to put the brakes on this bad bill before it makes it through the House of Representatives.
ACTION ALERT: Say NO to bad GMO bill
Leverage your power as a voter. All members of the House are up for re-election in November. That means they want YOUR vote and you can use that to your advantage.
Contact your representative in the House it make it clear that they can only count on your vote this fall if they make the right choice and vote against this bill now.
For a state by state directory that includes phone numbers, email contact and social media information for all members of the House click here.
Don’t delay. Make your voice heard today!
This Thursday, 7/14/2016, the U.S. House passed this gutless legislation. The law now goes to the White House, where President Obama has already indicated he will sign it.
However, it’s not too late to do something about this misguided law.
You can still sign this petition to ask the President to veto this bad law.
In addition, The Agricultural Department has up to two years to make a decision on how the new rules are implemented. Big Food, and those with a stake in promoting GMO foods—such as GMO giant Monsanto—will no doubt be heavily lobbying for the QR code route.
Make sure your representatives in Congress know where you stand on this issue. They have the power to influence whether the countrywide labeling is done with a clear, easy-to-read notation on the label like Vermont’s labeling law does, or with an unreadable (and discriminatory) QR code or unwieldy 800 number.
And finally, vote with your wallet. Buy organic and shop your local Farmer’s market whenever possible. And buy from companies that choose to clearly mark their products rather than use QR codes or 800 numbers.
–The Healthier Talk Team
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