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Forum Post: GMO Labeling Bill Voted Down In Senate

Posted 10 years ago on May 24, 2013, 12:17 p.m. EST by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC
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Posted: 05/23/2013 11:31 am EDT | Updated: 05/23/2013 4:08 pm EDT

WASHINGTON -- The United States Senate decided again Thursday that it simply does not want to let states tell people whether or not they are eating genetically modified food.

The Senate voted overwhelmingly -- 71 to 27 -- against an amendment to the sweeping farm bill, squashing a measure that would not have required labeling of genetically modified organisms, but merely would have let states decide if they wanted to require such labeling.

"The concept we're talking about today is a fairly commonsense and non-radical idea," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the sponsor of the amendment, said shortly before the vote. "All over the world, in the European Union, in many other countries around the world, dozens and dozens of countries, people are able to look at the food that they are buying and determine through labeling whether or not that product contains genetically modified organisms."

Sanders has noted that more than 3,000 ingredients are required to be labeled, but genetically modified ingredients are not part of that list. His state and Connecticut have passed laws to require such labeling, but Sanders said local leaders fear that large biotech corporations such as Monsanto could sue the states on the grounds that they are preempting federal authority. He said his bill would make clear that states can do what they want on the issue.

But Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chair of the Agriculture Committee, argued that the measure "is not germane to the farm bill" in the first place. She also said the labels run counter to science and the public interest in healthy food.

"This particular amendment would interfere with the FDA's science-based process to determine what food labeling is necessary for consumers," Stabenow said.

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[-] 8 points by LeoYo (5909) 10 years ago

Companies with non-GMO items should label their items as being non-GMO so that all people have to do is just boycott all items that aren't labeled non-GMO. Consumer democracy can easily overide corporatician democracy.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

"After the Senate rejected an amendment that would have let states require labels on food or beverages made with genetically modified ingredients, Sen. Bernie Sanders called them out.

After seeing his amendment rejected by a vote of 29-71, Sen. Sanders (I-VT) said, “An overwhelming majority of Americans favor GMO labeling but virtually all of the major biotech and food corporations in the country oppose it. Today’s vote is a step forward on an important issue that we are going to continue to work on. The people of Vermont and the people of America have a right to know what’s in the food that they eat.”

Most of the nation agrees with Bernie.

[-] 1 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 10 years ago

too bad for country.

Washington State has Food Label on initiative ballot, upcoming http://www.labelitwa.org/

[-] 0 points by maryjune206 (0) 10 years ago

No to I-522, please support this coalition against GMO on Washington.

The promoters of Initiative 522 on Washington’s November 2013 statewide ballot claim it’s just a “simple” proposal to require the labeling of “genetically engineered” (GE) foods.

In fact, I-522 is a complicated, costly measure that is not what it seems.

I-522 would mandate special food labeling regulations in Washington that don’t exist in any other state.

These Washington-only regulations would:

unfairly hurt Washington farmers, food producers and grocers;
create more state bureaucracy, costing taxpayers millions; and
increase food prices paid by Washington families.

Source: http://factsabout522.com/

[-] -1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 10 years ago

there are 71 people who need to find a new job. who don't give a fuck about anyone not even their own families. scumbags. we should make it our mission to run these scum fucks into the ground.

[-] -1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 10 years ago

Another sign of Duopoly.