A bill proposed to the U.S. senate would require foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labelled, but would allow food manufacturers the ability to choose the type of labelling. For instance, brands could include a link, a QR code or a phone number that consumers could use to get more information about the food, including the GMO contents.
While a number of food organizations, such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Organic Trade Association (OTA) support the bill, the Organic & Natural Health Association calls it the GMO “Disappearing Act,” saying that it doesn’t give consumers the information they desire.
In this podcast, Karen Howard, CEO and executive director, Organic & Natural Health Association, and Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, discuss:
The proposed legislation’s loopholes and flaws, as seen by the Organic & Natural Health Association.
Why under this law, highly processed foods wouldn’t need labelling to disclose GMOs, even if they contain genetically engineered ingredients.
Why Howard believes that this proposed bill would erode the strength of organic products.
Editor's Note: Howard and Almendarez discuss the timing of the vote for this proposed bill in the Senate. An article on Politico said the cloture vote--a vote that breaks a filibuster--is expected after 3 p.m. Eastern today (July 6, 2016).
Links and Resources:
- INSIDER blog: Senate Ag Committee Reaches Bipartisan Pact on Mandatory Labeling of GMOs
- United States Senate