Thursday, September 15, 2016

Yucky Federal GMO Bill Becomes Law

Aside from overriding state and local laws, what are some of the DARK Act’s other fundamental deficiencies?

  • There is no requirement for on-package labeling of GMO foods.
  • As many as 100 million Americans lack the ability to find out product specifics by not being able to access QR codes.
  • The biotech-friendly USDA – not the FDA – is charged with creating the law’s actual labeling rules over the next two years.
  • The bill leaves totally unclear what will be considered a GMO food and/or ingredient. According to the FDA, most foods typically thought of as being produced or made with GMO ingredients will not be covered by the bill’s narrow definition of genetic engineering. The USDA might raise the threshold for incidental GMO contamination from the currently accepted .09% to as high as 30% while still calling that non-GMO!
  • The bill suggests that the USDA harmonize its ultimate definition of genetic engineering with the organic law’s definitions – something that could create a huge loophole into organic’s current strict prohibitions on GMO technology.

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