Care about GMOs? Here’s a Bill to Watch Very Carefully

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Paying attention to our health means knowing what we put into our bodies. There are plenty of ways to knowingly consume the “right stuff,” like buying as much fresh produce as we can, and steering away from processed foods

At some point, however, we probably read labels, and because the miasma of label verbiage out there can be overwhelming and sometimes deceiving, certain product demarcations, such as “USDA Organic,” let us choose a better standard of food (if we can afford it, of course).

One such label that many people (as high as 96% of Americans depending on who is polling) would like to see is “GMO-Free.” If you’re one of those people, then you may want to keep your eye on H.R. 1599, Rep. Mike Pompeos’ Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.

This bill claims to advocate for GMO labeling. But, according to some people, it will deny states’ ability to label GMOs, bog down the labeling process in federal decisions, and promote Big Agribusiness. In fact, Organic Consumers Association recently nicknamed the bill “The Mother of all Monsanto Protection Acts

If you have concerns over GMOs, and would like to see GMO-labeling laws continue to propagate state-by-state, then this bill is not for you. Re-introduced to the House in March, the bill has already made its way through House committees which puts it one step closer to going up for a vote. It also continues to gain co-sponsors. Now’s the time to write your Congressmember and say, “No” to H.R. 1599’s approach to GMO labeling.  

Simultaneously, if you are in the pro-GMO-labeling camp, then you may want to throw your support behind Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) and Rep. Peter DeFazio’s (D-OR) Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act (S.809) which will provide a much better standard for GMO labeling and clear up the meaning of labeling claims like “natural.”

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