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GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOS) :

FOOD DRINK NUTRITION DIET: FOOD LABELING :

LAW: STATE AND LOCAL :

UNITED STATES: STATES: VERMONT :

UNITED STATES: GOVERNMENT: SENATE:

What Senate Backers Aren’t Saying about the GMO “Compromise” Bill

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What Senate Backers Aren’t Saying about the GMO “Compromise” Bill

By Wenonah Hauter

July 01, 2016, 01:55 pm

The Hill

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-environment/
286240-what-senate-backers-arent-saying-about-the-gmo

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/h2x5yz8

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Last week, Sens. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) announced what they bill as a compromise deal that would label GMO foods across the nation. But the advocacy groups that have fought so long and hard for clear GMO labeling arent cheering: They know the bill is a gift to the agribusiness and biotech industriesnot a compromise. Thats why consumer advocates have dubbed the bill the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act.

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Heres what the backers of the bill dont want their constituents to know about the DARK Act:

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The Bill Is Not a National Labeling Solution.

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The backers of the Senate bill are portraying this as a big victory for those of us who dont live in Vermont, which passed a GMO labeling law that goes into effect today. (The Senate committees Twitter feed even posted a map showing that their bill would spread Vermont-style labeling across all 50 states.) But this is a misleading claim.

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The Vermont law is about clear, on-package labeling, but thats not what the Senate is proposing. This bill is not about expanding GMO labeling; its about preventing states like Vermont from taking action. As the bill states, it would “immediately prohibit states or other entities from mandating labels of food or seed that is genetically engineered.

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Additional topics covered in this article:

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The Bill Does Not Clearly Label GMOs.

The Bill Has No Penalties for Violators.

The Bill Does Not Cover All Genetically Engineered Food Ingredients.

The Bill Benefits Corporations, Not Consumers

The industry has been chomping at the bit to repeal Vermonts law. This bill does that. The industry has long said GMO labels should be voluntary, meaning companies get to decide how much information consumers get. Thats precisely what this bill doesputs all the power in the hands of food companies, while ensuring that consumers are left wondering what is in their food. This bill is no compromiseits a gift to agribusiness and biotechnology companies that have fought popular, state-based labeling initiatives for the past five years.

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Americans should know thiseven if Senate backers of the bill refuse to say it.

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Wenonah Hauter is executive director of Food & Water Watch, a national advocacy organization.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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