When a farmer in Oregon unexpectedly found GMO wheat in his field, after the last known experimental GMO wheat crop was planted more than 10 years ago, it harmed U. exports of wheat from the Northwest, as countries with a strong stance against GMO crops immediately stopped buying wheat from the U. Oregon responded by trying to map where all the GMO crops were being grown in their state, but the biotech companies and Big Ag refused to reveal where their GMO fields were located.
People want the right to grow and choose their own food, and to protect themselves from the biotech industry seeking to control agriculture with their GMO and chemical-based approach to food production. companies have implemented their own GMO labeling procedures, along with some states and local communities, but Vilsack and the federal government believes they can do it better: ‘The problem with all of that is there is no consistency,’ Vilsack said. There is no stability and the consumer can be easily confused because everybody might do it slightly differently if there is no standard.’ Is the federal government suddenly concerned about consumer rights and GMO transparency in food labeling?
Their products, such as genetically modified seeds, herbicides, and pesticides, contaminate even organically-grown foods. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated that Congress needed to pass mandatory nationwide GMO labeling legislation. Can we really trust the federal government with protecting the rights of consumers through GMO mandated labeling laws? A nationwide federally-mandated GMO labeling law would actually benefit the bitotech industry, and not consumers.
From the Food Sovereignty movement started in Maine back in 2011, to the citizens of Jackson County Oregon voting to ban GMO crops in their county, it has been a long battle for local communities to grow and market their own locally produced products against the tyranny of the federal government trying to force states and local communities to follow their own laws that strip away state rights and personal rights, in favor of protecting the biotech industry, Big Ag, and mass food production and distribution. Two years ago, the tiny state of Vermont, one of the largest producers of organic products in the U. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and other supporters of GMO products fought hard to implement federal standards for GMO labeling which would have preempted Vermont’s state law.
See: The real issue in regards to genetically modified food is not whether or not they should be labeled, but whether or not U. citizens have a right to choose not to consume them, and whether or not non-GMO farmers have a right to protect their crops from cross contamination from neighboring GMO farms. Whether or not you believe the science that states GMO foods are OK, or the science that says GMO foods are harmful to one’s health, there is strong evidence that GMO crops , and violate the property rights of those who desire to grow truly GMO-free crops.
And while conventional farmers have a choice to grow either GMO or non-GMO crops, organic farmers have no choice once their crops are contaminated.
They suffer harm from the loss of their organic market.
We have seen examples in the past of unapproved experimental GMO crops escape containment and spread into the environment, such as GMO rice, and GMO wheat.
But those efforts failed, largely through the pressure of GMO advocacy groups putting pressure on federal lawmakers. Vermont is an example of citizens in a specific location wanting to take control of their food choices.
So with Vermont’s new law set to go into effect on July 1, 2016, many companies have taken steps to begin voluntarily labeling their foods with a statement as to whether or not they contain GMO ingredients, so that they can comply with Vermont’s new law and continue selling their products in that state. Should the federal government override their choices, with mandated federal laws for GMO labeling?
A mockup of a possible GMO label on a can of Campbell’s Spaghetti-Os, with these words: “Partially produced with genetic engineering.” Unless Congress or a federal court intervene, Vermont’s new GMO labeling law will go into effect in July 2016. Given the history of Congress in protecting the biotech industry and Big Ag, do we really trust them to implement laws that actually protect consumers?
Massive subsidies paid by tax payers benefit the biotech industry and Big Ag, and any laws that limit that flow of money would be counter-productive for the industry. have bypassed the GMO labeling debate altogether, and have instead called for a on growing GMO crops in their communities.