Jesse Herold Wiens 
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Re: “Label to Table: An 'Organic' Movement Leads Vermont Senate to Require GMO Labeling

As a note to Sen. McAllister's comment on the Senate floor that one "can't mix two species", he is, unfortunately, misinformed. Although there have certainly been scare tactics used on both sides of the GMO labeling debate, it is a fact that there have been tests conducted for a strawberry genetically engineered to be frost resistant, by the injection of a gene from an antarctic fish (see http://www.hoaxorfact.com/Science/blue-strawberries-genetically-modified-by-fish-genes-facts-analysis.html).

In regards to Sen. Flory's comments about the American Medical Association saying that there was nothing unhealthy about GMOs, she left out the part of the AMA's public statement on GMOs where they stated that they "support mandatory FDA pre-market systemic safety assessments of these foods as a preventive measure to ensure the health of the public." (http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/21/news/la-heb-gmo-foods-medical-association-20120620) To me, those don't sound like the words of an organization that is confident that there are no health risks related to GMOs.

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Posted by Jesse Herold Wiens on 04/17/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Label to Table: An 'Organic' Movement Leads Vermont Senate to Require GMO Labeling

Mischa, unfortunately, your assertion that "there is no such thing as contamination of an organic crop by GMOs" is unfounded. There are many well-researched reports and actual case studies of farms where organic crops were in fact contaminated by GMOs. See this Reuters article for one example: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/03/usa-gmo-contamination-report-idUSL1N0LX1OU20140303. If your point is that an organic farm's certification is not threatened by GMO contamination, according to current USDA guidelines, so why should an organic farmer care, then you're not taking into account the farmer's sense of personal integrity, and the trust they have with their customers, some of whom may have a personal interest in knowing that the food they purchase is truly GMO-free.

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Posted by Jesse Herold Wiens on 04/17/2014 at 11:45 AM

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