BIG Food and Candy Companies Going for GMO Labeling- More action soon!

Kellogg’s and Mars have joined General Mills and Campbell’s by announcing that they will start to label their products in the U.S. that contain GMOs with the words “Produced with Genetic Engineering”, after the blocking of the new Dark Act in the U.S. Senate. To continue reading from  Sustainable Pulse, click here.  ConAgra Foods will also begin adding labels to products nationwide by July 2016.

According to Sustainable Pulse: “This move by the GMA’s members must be treated with caution for now as it is only voluntary labeling that can be pulled at any time. The announcements also come at a time when Big Food is still pushing for anti-consumer federal compromise solutions for GMO labeling in the U.S., such as the use of mandatory QR codes or voluntary labeling”.

Plain and simply put-  consumer-friendly mandatory GMO labeling involves FOUR SIMPLE  WORDS: Produced With Genetic Engineering.

NOTE: But the food labeling legislative card tricks have not all been played!  General Mills was asked a question about labeling , they  made it clear that the company “will continue advocating for a national solution to GMO communications to consumers.” When asked if General Mills would now support a federal law that requires mandatory label, such as the bill recently introduced in the Senate by Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., a company spokesperson dodged the question. Expect more deceptive shenanigans when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others return from a Congressional Easter break!  

***Stay tuned for action alerts to contact your representatives***

 

 

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US Senate Leadership Attempted Manipulation of GMO Labeling Vote in US Senate

CURRENT ACTION ALERT FOR CTAsk your CT legislators to strip the Trigger Clause from CT GMO Labeling Law.  Let’s get it done for kids and citizens!

Update from 3/17/16 Reuters story after the Senate vote block – It’s not over till it’s over!  

Update 12:25 pm: CLOSE CALL- INDUSTRY BACKED GMO LABELING “AMBUSH”  BILL JUST BLOCKED 49-48 IN US SENATE! NOW WE HAVE TO FINISH UP STATE LABELING IN NORTHEASTERN STATES! The US Senate came through for us, but Majority Leader McConnell likely has other legislative tricks to play when Congress resumes after the break.  Stay tuned!

Noon on the 16th of March in the US Senate: http://www.c-span.org/video/?406734-1/us-senate-debate-genetically-modified-foods&live

There are two deceptive actions being taken on the Federal DARK Act, formerly S. 2609!

First, Amendment 3450 to Senate Bill 764 Defund Planned Parenthood would replace the text of the Planned Parenthood bill with the new text of the DARK Act. [see text of amendments SA 3450, Section 1.]

Call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on accepting Amendment 3450 to bill 764.

Then, in the event Amendment 3450 is accepted, and Senate Bill 764 becomes the new DARK Act, you will want your Senators to vote NO on Bill 764.

NO on Amendment 3450 and NO on Senate Bill 764.

We will have outcome of the vote shortly and advise next action. We just got 42 no votes and counting so it looks like this contrived Planned Parenthood/GMO Labeling Bill will not pass muster as there are 60 votes needed to pass.

Call (202) 224-3121 to leave a message for your senators.

Contact information for senators can also be found at http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Demand mandatory on-package GMO labeling – no compromise!  Hopefully the Senate leadership will not execute another ambush before going on holiday break!

URGENT! Act Now to Prevent Federal Ban on State GMO Labeling & Denying Citizen Rights

CONTACT SENATORS ON THE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE NOW!                         Reacting  to continued progress States have made in enacting legitimate mandatory GMO labeling at the state level, Agrichem, Biotech and Food special interests, with great influence over federal officials,  pushed the US Senate Agriculture Committee last week to move a bill forward which would virtually make mandatory state labeling efforts moot. The federal bill  strips citizens of protected freedoms…those who rightfully need and want to know what is in their food, while trying to protect their families from a pernicious pesticident-drenched and dependent crop system. This Federal bill would ban state labeling actions, promoting instead a toothless and voluntary federal law.  By ignoring independent peer-reviewed science showing adverse GMO impacts around the world, human, animal and ecosystem harms would continue virtually unfettered, squashing our Right to Know. At the same time biased and flawed industry backed studies lacking transparency which were used to approve US GMO, will be promoted by governing agencies and officials unless we hold them accountable for restoring scientific intetgrity, respecting the Precautionary Principle and listening to what independent scientists and citizens are reporting about GMO impacts.

It is critical to TAKE ACTION NOW or we all lose.  There’s now some word that USDA Secretary Vilsack may be leaning towards a version of mandatory GMO labeling (likely with dubious wording indicative of their past behavior) , and curiously just after CT GMO Labeling hearing and as a MA labeling bill was unanimously voted to move forward last week.  We need mandatory, on- package labeling with 4 simple wordsMade with Genetic Engineering.  

***Plus you can still let your CT legislators know you are for enacting CT  GMO labeling HB 5300 before it’s brought to a vote in the full legislature  by clicking HERE