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Regulatory Loophole Allows GMO Products to be Marketed as Non-GMO

by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:

The government isn’t particularly interested in making sure Americans know what they’re eating. It seems like knowing what is in the food should be a basic right, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, last week Congress passed a federal requirement for labeling products containing genetically modified ingredients that signifies a big win for food companies.

The bill will require labels to be retooled or updated to show whether any ingredients had their natural DNA altered, but it will be years before the new labels are phased in, and food companies won’t be required to list specific information on their products.

GMO labeling proponents had hoped the bill would be more like a state law in Vermont, which requires food companies and grocers selling prepared foods to explicitly label foods that contain GMO ingredients by January.

The more vague bill passed by Congress will supersede these stricter state laws. [1]

The government is only willing to go so far in its definition of genetically modified foods. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says removing DNA from a crop is not the same as adding genes from another organism. This means that corn injected with outside DNA is technically considered a GMO, but canola that can tolerate herbicide because scientists removed a gene is not.

This also means that products created through gene-editing are already on store shelves in the U.S., but because of the USDA loophole, consumers don’t realize it. In fact, this regulatory gap allows American consumers to be duped into purchasing gene-e

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1 comment to Regulatory Loophole Allows GMO Products to be Marketed as Non-GMO

  • Ed_B

    The answer to all this GMO crap is to STOP BUYING it. That’ll hit ’em right where it hurts most… in the wallet.

    Grow as much of our own food from Heritage seeds and what we can’t grow ourselves, we can buy from farmers markets. Buy big in season and can, freeze, and dry enough to last all winter and spring. Wash, rinse, and repeat.

    Our bodies will thank us by not developing all manner of ugly diseases as we age. Considering the HUGE cost of treating ugly diseases once they have a hold of us, the extra costs of growing and buying fresh food are insignificant. Not only will this be much better for us but it tastes amazingly good too.

    As a 3rd incentive, fresh foods have much more nutrition in them so we won’t need to gorge ourselves in an attempt to get enough nutrients, as we do with the factory-grown GMO crapola, and become seriously over-weight. That’s a major contributor to diabetes and various cardio-vascular diseases… additional serious problems we just don’t need.

    We can be assured that if many Americans started doing this, home gardening would soon be added to the list of ways to identify “terrorists”. If so, that will constitute solid proof of their real intent in all this GMO nonsense.

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