US opposes honest labeling of GMO foods

10 Jul

The official U.S. position on genetically-modified organisms, also known as GMs or GMOs, is that there is no difference between them and natural organisms. Crafted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the position set forth to the Codex Alimentarius Committee on the issue goes even further to suggest that no country should be able to require mandatory GMO labeling on food items, even though science shows that GMOs act differently in the body than do natural organisms and are a threat to health.

A group of over 80 food processors, farmers and consumer organizations has sent an official letter to Michael Taylor, deputy commission at the FDA, and Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture at the USDA, protesting the official U.S. position, citing the fact that it creates “significant problems” for all U.S. food producers that wish to label their products as being GMO-free.

Not only is there no mandatory labeling of products sold in the U.S. that contain GMO ingredients, but the FDA and USDA now want to prohibit the labeling of products that do not contain GMO ingredients. In other words, the FDA and USDA are trying to outlaw truth in labeling and are openly working deceive the public.

Among those opposing the draft U.S. position on GMOs are members of the Consumers Union, the Organic Trade Association, the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Center for Food Safety.

The FDA and USDA actually had the audacity to include in the draft position that mandatory labeling of GMOs is “false, misleading [and] deceptive” because it implies that there is a difference between GMO ingredients and non-GMO ingredients.

Fortunately, science and pure common sense, which are both lacking at the FDA and USDA, indicate that GMOs are different than non-GMOs, and that the public has a right to know the types of ingredients that are in the products they buy.

Many countries already require food processors and manufacturers to label products that contain GMOs, but the FDA and USDA hope to convince the Codex Committee to outlaw this practice.

Not only are GMOs structurally different than non-GMOs, but GMOs are actually toxic. Several studies have shown that they are harmful to the body.

sourced from naturalnews.com

by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

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