Can we get GMO labeling? Monsanto hates the new Right-to-Know Bill

  • Published on April 30th, 2013

California's Proposition 37 for GMO food labeling. Monsanto, ain't you proud?Do Americans have the right to know what’s in our food? Do we have the right to choose to NOT eat Genetically Modified (GMO) food?

The next round in the years-long battle has begun, as Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Pete DeFazio (D-OR) introduce the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act (read the Senate bill here, House bill here).

The good news:

  • This is a bi-partisan bill with a bunch of co-sponsors (listed at the end of this article).
  • Labeling has huge public support.

The bad news:

  • Big agriculture, and corporate behemoth Monsanto in particular, HATE the idea of labeling. They claim their food is perfectly safe… so we should just shut up and buy it.
  • These guys just spent $46 million to kill a ballot measure in California, Prop 37… so you can bet they’re going to be spending big bucks to buy this bill a slow and quiet death.
  • Monsanto has done a good job of packing Washington with their lobbyists (as well as putting many of their former employees into the very jobs that are supposed to regulate GMO food – see “Monsanto Employees in the Halls of Government Part 1” and “… Part 2“.)

Andrew Kimbrell, executive director at the Center for Food Safety, says, “Now is the time for FDA to reverse its two-decade old policy decision against labeling. FDA has the authority to mandate GE labeling, yet they refuse to act.  We applaud Senator Boxer and Congressman DeFazio for taking action to bring FDA’s labeling policy into the 21st century.”

What can you do?

  • Share this on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word (and like our Facebook page for more updates!)
  • The Center for Food Safety has a webpage all set up to allow you to write your representatives. Tell them to sign on and join the following co-sponsors in support of this critical legislation! (Sorry, WordPress seems to be broken at the moment so we can’t give you pretty links)

Senate co-sponsors:

  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
  • Mark Begich (D-AK)
  • Jon Tester (D-MT)
  • Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
  • Brian Schatz (D-HI)
  • Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

House co-sponsors:

  • Jared Polis (D-CO)
  • Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
  • Chellie Pingree (D-ME)
  • Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands)
  • Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • Peter Welch (D-VT)
  • James Moran (D-VA)
  • Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
  • Don Young (R-AK)
  • Jim McDermott (D-WA)
  • Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
  • Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA)
  • Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
  • Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
  • George Miller (D-CA)
  • David Cicilline (D-RI)
  • Barbara Lee (D-CA)
  • Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
  • Ann Kuster (D-NH)
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

More than 100 groups and businesses are backing the bill, including:

  • Consumers Union
  • Environmental Working Group
  • Just Label It
  • the National Farmers Union
  • Stonyfield Farms
  • Consumer Federation of America
  • AllergyKids Foundation
  • National Cooperative Grocers Association
  • New England Farmers Union
  • Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
  • Center for Environmental Health
  • Chefs Collaborative
  • Label GMOs
  • Alaska Trollers Association
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Clif Bar & Company
  • Lundberg Family Farms
  • Nature’s Path
  • Annie’s Inc.

About the Author

Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.