Bills Requiring GMO Labels Introduced In Both Chambers Of Congress

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A continuing movement against genetically modified food by consumer advocacy, environmental and business groups gained some legislative steam this week with bills introduced in both chambers of Congress that would require manufacturers to clearly label food that has been genetically altered.

According to reports, the bipartisan-backed bills would require the Food and Drug Administration to develop standards requiring food growers and producers to connote whether foods have been genetically engineered.

“Americans have the right to know what is in the food they eat so they can make the best choices for their families,” said a statement from Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) announcing the introduction of her Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act in the Senate.

In the House, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced similar legislation, announcing, “When American families purchase food, they deserve to know if that food was genetically engineered in a laboratory.”

Polls indicate that a majority of Americans support efforts to require GMO labeling. But previous efforts to require disclosure have been quashed by large food producers that claim labeling is unneeded and will cause consumers to shun certain brands based on unproven claims about GMOs. The United States is currently one of the few developed nations that don’t mandate GMO labels. It trails 64 countries, including the European Union, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, China, South Africa and Australia, in requiring labels.

Co-sponsors of the Senate bill include: Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).

And DeFazio’s House effort is co-sponsored by: Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), James Moran (D-Va.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), Don Young (R-Alaska), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), George Miller (D-Calif.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

  • Karolyn

    Yeah! Let’s catch up to all those other countries. The US has become a follower rather than a leader anymore because so many politicians are in the pockets of big businesses like Monsanto!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4DW23G4VU2HJAPBFZ7OHNC2FVY John

      GMO food has been conclusively proven to be bad news for your health. Corn oil, Canola oil, soybean oil are all death to a diabetic. Grain and corn fed beef another very unhealthy food to eat. Grass fed beef has the same ratio as fish for omega 3 to omega 6. Grain and corn the ratio is reversed and throws everything out of kilter. GMO, a lot more allergies, a lot more immunodeficient diseases, Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and many more all caused by GMO. That has been proven to be a direct correlation.

  • Michael Shreve

    Don’t see a problem with a label per se, but ALL our food has been genetically modified, some by nature, some by farmers, and some by industry.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4DW23G4VU2HJAPBFZ7OHNC2FVY John

      When nature changes our food it doesn’t kill us. Man’s alteration is another matter.

    • The GLB

      Michael, you would be well served to learn about the God Move Over foods that Monsanto is creating, but will not serve in their own cafeterias. That, in itself, should tell you everything that you would need to know about GMO.

      GMO’s are not natural hybridizations that one would find in nature, these are scientists that take genes from one organism and force splice it into the genes of another organism, chimeras. Monsanto also creates seeds that are resistant to the other product they make, RoundUP, which allows the growers (I refuse to call these people farmers) to soak their plants with herbicides and pesticides. They also genetically engineer seeds that produce their own pesticides so the insects will NOT eat the plant.

      Rats that are fed GMO foods (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/genetically-modified-soy_b_544575.html) are sterile after three generations. Have you ever seen the film “Children of Men”? The movie is predictive programming young people for the day when most if not everyone is sterile from eating GMO foods.

      Do a little bit of investigation and you will find plenty of evidence that GMO is bad, and you will also find a lot of money and effort that Monsanto is applying to prevent laws like Prop 37 in California, and this law, from passing.

      • Karolyn

        I’ve read that insects have adapted to roundup. They will never be able to create plants or pesticides that will resist insects forever. Better to just spray them with the old soap and water and plant insect repellant plants around vegetables and fruits.

      • Over21

        Very, very good and I agree with you 100%. Thanks for saying it better than I did.

    • Karolyn

      Farmers and nature do not genetically modify plants.

    • Over21

      Have you actually done any research on Monsanto? You won’t learn anything about them, going to their website. There is so much to know about them I couldn’t even begin to put it all in this comment.

      I don’t thing you even know what your are talking about. How does nature shoot foreign genes into their plants or put poisons in them to keep the bugs away? God created everything to be able to take care of itself. Man has come along and messed up the balance of nature in everything.

  • rendarsmith

    Good stuff!

  • Timothy Marvin

    Its about time, now all I have to do is find something to eat. Guess about the only choice is to spend more money and buy organic!!! You probably can’t trust them either! Doesn’t matter, ever since I quit smoking, food taste terrible anyways!

    • Karolyn

      Food is supposed to taste better when you quit! I think when I quit for 5 years it did.

    • Over21

      Food tasted good to me when I smoked or when I quit; didn’t affect my sense of taste or smell. If you do some research on bar codes on produce, you will learn that one means GMO and the other one means normal growing. Right now, I can’t remember which is which.

  • Wellarmed

    A rare moment when I can find agreement with anything involving this bills sponsors. I have seen many bills in multiple states fail due to misinformation from GMO industry lobby, and I hold little hope this bill will make it through both the house and senate. The consumer should have the ability to make their own decisions regarding the intake of these genetically modified organisms.

    • The GLB

      Agreed!!!

      You probably noticed that there are only two ‘R’s”, one from the Senate, and one from the House, and both from Alaska. I am not a fan of either of these “R’s” — especially Lisa, after what Lisa did to Joe Miller — but at least they are siding with the will of Alaskans rather then corporate interests, which is what they normally do.

  • ridge runner

    Better carve GMO on our nappy headed Clown in the WH. He is definitely a GMO puke since he was madrass educated marxist crossbred with determental traits, from 2 bad specimans. Every time this marxist does something (for the ) citizen, it turns in to a load so real S–t. Wait to watch food cost climb since most food production is owned and control by the democrap guru George Soros and his socialist pukes and ievery peice of ground is under 8 government regulatory agencies, even if it is privateky owned. All start by the Wanna be Dictator FDR Dept of Ag, who’s first Sec was a registered communist and loved USSR government controlled food production

    • Over21

      …and Nestle wants to control ALL the water now. What a bunch of criminals. They want to control ALL the land, ALL the food, ALL the air, ALL the water and anything else they think they can.

  • Over21

    Yes, now it is safe to label GMOd foods because Monsanto now has the Monsanto Protection Act protecting them from any lawsuits because you got really sick from eating their poisoned food or a family member died because of it, you can’t sue them.

  • mnkysnkle

    WOW: The dems are going to use the GMO issue in the hope it will redeem themselves for the “shameful’ way they acted when they blatantly ignored the will of the people. Bald-face lied to us about the support they claimed to have, and proceeded to attack the 2nd. amendment anyway. Make no mistake, they would not have even proposed these bills had they not had their “fuhrer” sign into law that Monsanto rider which protects them from liability. This is only an appeasement effort by the dems to get the Americans off OBO’s back for signing that rider, and hopefully put themselves back in a favourable light with the Americans they villified. Still the repubs would be wise to support this 100%, but they should demand that the rider in question be stricken or repealed.