Russia labels GMOs, while America’s government sells out to the biotech poisoners and propagandists

Monday, March 25, 2019 by: Vicki Batts

(Natural News) GMO labeling laws have been a source of controversy in the United States for quite some time. Consumer advocates have called upon the federal government to protect Americans’ right to freedom of choice and to encourage transparency in the food industry, but officials seem to be more interested in defending corporate interests. Industry leaders are afraid proper GMO labeling will interfere with their bottom lines — that alone should be a huge red flag. But while federal officials in the United States are twiddling their thumbs over GMOs, nations around the world are beginning to take action. Russia, for example, just introduced clear GMO labeling on all foods.

While GMO labeling laws have been passed in the United States, the proposed implementation of such laws leaves much to be desired. Critics say GMO labeling practices enacted here in America function more like propaganda for the biotech industry. Brightly colored smiley-face stickers that don’t even bear the letters “GMO” are hardly a clear identifier, after all. Heaven forbid Americans actually make informed decisions about the food they eat– the entire industry would collapse overnight if people knew what they were really getting.

Clear GMO labeling comes to Russia

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which includes Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Belarus, introduced their new, clear GMO labeling practices at the start of the new year. All food and supplements containing genetically modified ingredients will bear a “GMO” label on the packaging.

As Sustainable Pulse reports:

According to the new regulations, the basic size of the GMO label must not be less than 5 mm. The technical regulations also require that the GMO label be applied in a manner that provides easy readability and visibility throughout the shelf life of food and supplement products.

Across the board, the EAEU is taking a firm stance on GMOs. In 2016, Russia’s State Duma voted on a bill which would ban the cultivation of GMO crops and animals in Russia entirely, except for scientific purposes. And in 2018, the Kyrgyzstan government announced that it would be the second country in the world to adopt organic-only farming practices.

Unfortunately, the U.S. is a world away from reaching any kind of transparency on GMOs.

GMO labeling in the U.S. is lackluster

Congress passed a law to label GMO products in the U.S. back in 2016. Since that time, federal officials have been struggling to come up with the specifics of labeling such items. The USDA recently revealed a few of the “options” they’ve come up with. As NPR reports, all options are brightly colored, friendly looking labels that bear the letters “B.E” instead of “GMO.” Some show a smiling sun, or a circle of growing plants, too.

“B.E” is apparently supposed to stand for “bioengineered,” and this little change is clearly an attempt at placating Big Biotech and Big Ag. As critics have stated, replacing the well-known and easily recognizable term “GMO” arbitrarily with some new term will only confuse consumers. The average person may not be aware of the fact that “B.E” actually means “GMO.”

This is a blatant attempt to obscure truth and feign transparency, and it should not be tolerated. The federal government is literally conspiring to fool the American people, to protect corporate interests. Who are these federal agencies supposed to serve and protect, again?

George Kimbrell, the legal director for the Center for Food Safety, criticized the USDA’s iteration of GMO labeling. “They’re very pro-biotech, cartoonishly so, and to that extent are, you know, not just imparting information but instead are essentially propaganda for the industry,” he told NPR.

The failure to come up with a clear and easily understood label for GMO products is an affront to American freedom. Regardless of one’s view on GMOs, the simple fact remains that people have the right to choose what they put in their bodies. Ingredient labels exist for a reason — and GMO labels should, too. (Click to Source)

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The Next GMO Battlegrounds: New York State & Maryland

Public hearings are about to be held in two major cities of the US, just within earshot of mainstream media and the politicians on Biotech’s payroll. Albany, New York and Annapolis, Maryland are hosting these important debates in order to sway Congress into making a choice about labeling GMOs.

While the heavily and illegally funded Grocery Manufacturer’s Association carried out the chess move of relocating the GMO battle to Washington, D.C., enlisting more than 28 food and Big Ag organizations to help do its bidding in Congress, it did so because the last major state-battles were won at a heavy cost. If a federal mandate were passed, they cold stop funneling illegal millions into state-by-state campaigns.

A GMA-led coalition may have won battles in California and Washington, but many GMO labeling advocates are disdainful of their tactics.

Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, said the new coalition was organized to “steal away consumer choice in Congress.”

Of course, there are vocal detractors in the GMA – Leah Wilkinson, a director of ingredients, pet food, and state affairs for the American Feed Industry Association says that, “GMO labeling should be a federal solution.” Note the word ‘solution,’ – the carefully chosen method of propaganda evident in this very statement. A solution for who? The billion-dollar biotech and food manufacturing industries? It certainly wouldn’t be a solution for the many millions who want to know what is in their food before they buy it.

They aren’t that bright, though, if you look at the next statement coming from Wilkinson’s double-tipped tongue:

“If a labeling solution is not agreed upon and even a few of the pending state initiatives are successful, the feed industry’s costs of doing business goes up, on-farm production costs go up, and ultimately the consumer pays the price, with no important information in hand.”

Correction: the cost of doing business the corrupt way goes up. Companies like Costco and others that are selling non-GMO, organic products are actually doing quite well. Their stock is up. Within this simple admission is the evident fear of biotech. They are trying to project on us their own nervous projections of losing important Agri-business. In the meantime, GMO-labeling advocates aren’t just demanding to know what’s in their food, they are starting to come up with their own methods – like growing their own.

The pro-labeling side got there first with federal legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S. Rep Peter DeFazio (D-OR) to mandate national labeling of GMO foods.

At this point, the GMA-led group does not have specific legislation, but there is a list of elements that members want to see in their “solution.” These include:

  • No “patchwork” of 50 state GMO safety and labeling laws, translates to this: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will continue as the nation’s authority, not individual states where people make their own choices about what goes in their food supply.
  • Labeling should advance food safety and require safety, health and nutritional reasons for any mandated GMO labeling. What exactly is nutritious about Bt toxins that kill human embryo cells?
  • Standards should exist for voluntary labeling to inform consumers whether GE processing was or was not used. Voluntary is the key word here. Meaning, biotech has the option of telling you if something is safe – we’ve seen just how effective that has been thus far.
  • FDA will define “natural” so that the term is used consistently. Do we really trust the FDA, purveyor of thousands of toxic drugs and genetically modified organisms deciding what ‘natural’ is?

As reported by FoodSafetyNews:

“Last year, a GMO bill died late in the session in Albany. GMO bills are back in both the Empire State Senate and the Assembly. Bipartisan sponsorship by Democrat Linda Rosenthal in the Assembly and Republican Ken LaValle in the Senate on a bill that requires all GMO food sold in the state to be labeled will get hearings in both chambers, probably in late March.

Furthermore, Maryland’s House Bill 1191, which is cross-filed as Senate Bill 0776, has been scheduled for a hearing before the Health and Government Operations Committee on March 11 at 1 p.m. The House/Senate measures require specified raw foods and packaged foods that are entirely or partially produced with GMO ingredients to be labeled.”

If you live in one of these states, or can get to them, please actively participate in the public hearings. Your voice counts. It can help protect state’s rights to choose before it is swallowed up into the federal-Monsanto-Dupont-Dow-biotech black hole forever.

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