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Ron Hollis 
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Re: “Sanders to Put ‘Hold’ on Federal GMO Deal

WHY IS THIS BILL SO BAD? Here's what you need to know:

* 1. The bill preempts Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and Alaska’s GMO labeling laws and prevents any other states from passing similar legislation.
* 2. The bill creates a new definition of GMO, excluding most of the genetically engineered foods currently on the market and new technologies such as CRISPR/cas9, gene editing and gene cassettes.
* 3. The bill provides for a patchwork of voluntary labeling options -- QR codes, phone numbers, and symbols yet to be created by the USDA -- and would result in consumer confusion and necessitate an inordinate amount of time when shopping.
* 4. The standard for non-GMO is not clearly defined and an acceptable level of GMO contamination has not been determined, leaving this open to the corrupt USDA to decide.
* 5. There are no penalties for non-compliance.
* 6. The bill would not take effect for two years.
* 7. And for the handful of GMO foods that actually will be labeled? Well, good luck finding out what's in those. The bill would FORCE YOU to scan a QR code, call a toll free number or search for some cryptic symbol yet to be defined just to get the information you want and need. And you’ll have to wait two years for it.
* 8. This so-called "national standard" would EXEMPT what looks to be most of the foods on the market from any GMO labeling. Roundup Ready crops would be EXEMPT, nearly all insecticide producing crops would be EXEMPT, refined sugars, oils, starches and processed ingredients with no detectable DNA would be EXEMPT. The bill redefines genetic engineering in a way that EXEMPTS almost all GE foods.
These exemptions don't exist with Vermont's mandatory law.

18 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Ron Hollis on 06/29/2016 at 6:55 PM

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