National GMO Labeling Hearing Dec. 10

Anti-GMO groups plan to push their DARK food labeling agenda at the House subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C.

As I shared in a previous blog, there is a new national coalition that is working with lawmakers, media and consumers to share the facts about genetically-engineered technology, specifically GMOs.

More than two dozen organizations--from farm groups to food manufacturers--came together to form the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food. Its overriding goal is to establish national safety and labeling standards for GMO foods and beverages.

The coalition was formed in in response to various state initiatives across the country to label GMO products. The coalition seeks one nation-wide answer to the GMO labeling issue. It wants FDA to establish federal standards for companies that want to voluntarily label their product for the absence-of or presence-of GMO food ingredients so that consumers clearly understand their choices in the marketplace. And it wants FDA to be empowered to mandate GMO food ingredient labeling if the agency determines there is a health, safety or nutrition issue with a GMO ingredient.

Essentially, such a law would remove the possibility of having a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling laws.

Currently, the coalition supports HR 4432, The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC). The proposed act affirms FDA as America’s authority on food safety and labeling requirements, the coalition says.

On Dec. 10, the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on the bill. The coalition's membership is gearing up for the hearing, as are anti-GMO /pro-GMO label groups.

Anti-GMO folks are calling HR 4432 the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) ACT, saying it was introduced "at the bidding of Monsanto, Big Food and the Koch Brothers." Busloads of anti-GMO activists from major cities across the U.S. are getting organized to attend the hearing. Their goal is a minimum of 1,000 people to make an impact. They are asking fellow activists to bring black and red blindfolds to be worn as symbols of being kept in the dark.

I encourage you to support rational thought and science. Contact your representative and let him or her know your stance on GMO labeling. Encourage him or her to become a co-sponsor of HR 4432. Thus far, there are 37 co-sponsors and none of them are from Minnesota.

For more information, visit http://coalitionforsafeaffordablefood.org/action-center

We need to get a jump on the GMO labeling issue now. And it needs to be a national, voluntary law.

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