Dear MoveOn member,
The government is allowing companies to hide information behind URLs and QR codes, instead of disclosing that food is genetically engineered on the label itself. There is a proposed GMO labeling system, but it is confusing, and the government might exempt gene-editing techniques and highly refined ingredients like oils and sugars from GMO labeling.1 If these foods are exempted, the labels become worthless.
I have read about the proposed National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (Docket No. AMS-TM-17-0050), and I strongly urge the USDA to implement the following improvements:
First, there must be NO exemption for highly refined products. Doing so would directly undermine this standard by creating a massive loophole for the majority of products containing genetically engineered ingredients.
Second, the term "bioengineered" is not well-established and recognized by consumers. Please use "genetically engineered," "GE," or "GMO" instead to reduce unnecessary consumer confusion.
Third, the sample logos are inappropriate and suggest a USDA preference for genetically engineered products over organic and other food. The smile, sun, and scenic logos should be replaced by neutral designs that strictly indicate that the product is genetically engineered or contains genetically engineered ingredients.
—Alexander Rony, SierraRise
1. "USDA Unveils Prototypes For GMO Food Labels, And They're ... Confusing," NPR, May 19, 2018
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