Don’t be fooled by the new “GMO labeling” bill that sailed through Congress in recent weeks with bipartisan support. The bill would allow companies to forgo actual on-package labeling of GMOs. Instead, companies would be required to embed this important information in QR codes, which are completely inaccessible to many shoppers.
If signed into law, this bill would grant the USDA full authority to determine what constitutes a product containing GMOs. For example, a product sweetened with genetically modified sugar beets could be listed as non-GMO in the QR code, because the end product is refined and doesn’t contain a significant amount of genetically modified material, DNA or proteins. Countless food products, although made from genetically modified crops, could be declared non-GMO in this tricky new labeling code. Americans would be further blinded and misled as to how their food is made, giving the biotech industry new loopholes to deceive the American people.
Americans must declare they will no longer put up with labeling deception
An overwhelming majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re eating is made with genetically modified organisms, and they are tired of being misled. All consumers have a right to know how they are being experimented on. When the genetic makeup of seeds is changed to accommodate the continued use of herbicides, people must know. Since there’s no true oversight governing the widespread laboratory changes of crop genetics, it becomes even more important that people know what they are eating so that they can avoid potential carcinogens, endocrine disrupters and genetic pollution in their food.
Deceptive QR coding allows USDA to determine what constitutes a product containing GMOs
Now that the bill is headed to President Obama’s desk, it is one step away from being signed into law, where it would begin a cascade of deception. The new “GMO labeling” law is meant to shut Americans up on the issue of GMO labeling and to centralize control over the matter to the USDA (which has historically been infiltrated by the biotech industry – the same biotech industry that needs to be held accountable in the first place.)
The law would nullify any existing state laws requiring that GMOs be labeled directly on product packaging (such as Vermont’s new labeling law). While the bill does allow for organic food companies to label their products as non-GMO directly on the packaging, this precedent is still overshadowed by deceptive QR codes and USDA interpretation of GMOs that permit expansive biotech experiments on nature and humans.
For these reasons, GMO labeling advocates such as the Environmental Working Group opposed the bill. The law would allow companies to conceal information on GMOs in unreadable QR code, while allowing further untested biotech experiments to persist. Consumers wouldn’t really be voting with their dollars by purchasing non-GMO. They would simply be appeased and deceived in the process.
The biotech industry knows that if GMOs were labeled directly and correctly, then more people would become aware that the food they are eating is a questionable experiment on their bodies. That’s why the biotech industry wrote a “solution” that appeases Americans, while allowing the industry to establish further deception and control over all that information on GMOs, so that it can be embedded into QR codes that consumers can’t read or understand.
In fact, consumers wanting any information on a product would be required to own a smart phone so as to scan the packaging. Smaller companies would have the option of printing a phone number so customers can call for more information.
In the end, the bottom line is that the consumer won’t get the full scoop on GMOs. Since the USDA can permit food companies to disclose only certain kinds of biotechnology in the QR code, consumers will ultimately be left more in the dark than ever before.