Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.But here's the part that stinks
The idea is part of an attempt to block mandatory labeling of foods that include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The certification would be voluntary, says Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., who is including the idea in legislation he is introducing Wednesday.
The bill would also override any state laws that require the labeling.Two things there: (1) It would override more stringent state laws.
Under the legislation, the Agriculture Department would oversee the certification, as it does with organics. But while organic foods must be USDA-certified to carry any organic label on a package, the department's non-GMO certification would not be required for every food that bills itself as free of genetically modified ingredients. The idea is that foods the department certifies as free of GMOs would have a special government label that companies could use to market their foods. User fees would pay for the program.
And (2) certification would not be required for every food that bills itself as free of genetically modified ingredients. What!? You don't need to certify you are GMO-free to advertise it? But, you would need to be certified to have the label. Right! What happened to truth in advertising?
And what does the public think about GMO-free labeling?
According to a December Associated Press-GfK poll, two-thirds of Americans favor mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.So for whom do these representatives really work? Obviously not for the 2/3 of Americans!
Write you congressperson and tell them to stop working for the big ag companies and start working for you.