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What’s Going on With GMO Labeling?

Touch the Soil News #790 In dramatic turmoil during 2016, the States lost their right to require GMO labeling. The Federal Government revoked those rights and approved mandatory labeling by 2018. However, mandatory labeling does not mean foods will be labeled as containing GMO ingredients. There is a push to provide GMO identification in foods only electronically through QR codes. Problem is that 64 percent of Americans – many of whom can’t afford organics – don’t have smart phones. As we speak, the Trump Administration has failed to complete – through the USDA – a mandatory study that last year’s GMO labeling law required. The study was to explore issues…

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Are Whole Foods and Monsanto a Team?

Touch the Soil News #456 This is a rather odd question to pose. Whole Foods represents the charge for more organic food and Monsanto is about genetic engineering to clinch a market for its agricultural chemicals. The question came up recently as the battle for GMO labeling reached brutal clashes. Vermont law to require clear GMO labeling was overturned by Federal politicians. In this clash, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey recently came out in favor of supporting the same position as Monsanto – in diluting the GMO labeling mandate. Whole Foods came out in favor of the federal legislation which demonstrates disregard of “States” rights (Vermont). In addition, it gives…

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GMO Industry – In Triple Retreat

Touch the Soil News #337 Retreat #1: The U.S. House passed a bill prohibiting individual states from requiring labeling of GMO ingredients in foods – an effort heavily lobbied and funded by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto and other GMO interests. The bill then went to the U.S. Senate. After several months of reviewing the bill, the Senate rejected the bill which is now dead. This was the first national-scope legislation promoted by GMO interests that failed. Approximately 88 percent of Americans wanted this bill to fail and want GMO labeling – making the defeat of this bill a major victory for the American public.   Retreat #2: With the…

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