Congress considers blocking GMO food labeling

by Rachel Baker on April 13, 2014

This is an interesting story. On the surface, it sort of makes a bit of sense to stop states from piecemealing requirements for GMO food labeling…at least until you have specific federal regulations on how to make GMO food labeling mandatory. However, this also could be looked at step one for getting rid of any ability to require GMO Food Labeling by any level of government.

The fight is probably going to get uglier than it already is. You can find all sorts of information on the internet about which side has the support of whom, and the Republican Congressman from Kansas, Rep. Mike Pompeo’s ties to both Monsanto and the Koch brothers. Who knows what this means, and if its even actually accurate or just a tactic used by supporters of GMO food labeling.

Editor’s Note: The article below does not mention the Koch brothers, you will find this mention if you do further research on the congressman and his alliances. As always, read the whole article and do your own research. I’m betting most people don’t give a damn about the Koch brother alliance or any ties to Monsanto, because less than 50% of our country watch the national news.

A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.

The bill, dubbed the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” was drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo and is aimed at overriding bills in about two dozen states that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such.

The bill specifically prohibits any mandatory labeling of foods developed using bioengineering.

“We’ve got a number of states that are attempting to put together a patchwork quilt of food labeling requirements with respect to genetic modification of foods,” said Pompeo. “That makes it enormously difficult to operate a food system. Some of the campaigns in some of these states aren’t really to inform consumers but rather aimed at scaring them. What this bill attempts to do is set a standard.”

Advocates of labeling say consumers deserve to know if the food they eat contains GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. Many consumer groups question both about the safety and the environmental impacts of genetically modified foods, also referred to as GMOs.

Read the whole article here:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/09/us-usa-gmo-lawmaking-idUSBREA381HK20140409

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