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WASHINGTON, June 21 – The Senate [yesterday] rejected an amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to let states require clear labels on any food or beverage containing genetically engineered ingredients.
The vote on the amendment to the farm bill was 26 to 73.
“This is the very first time a bill on labeling genetically engineered food has been brought before the Senate. It was opposed by virtually every major food corporation in the country.
While we wish we could have gotten more votes, this is a good step forward and something we are going to continue to work on. The people of Vermont and the people of America have a right to know what’s in the food that they eat.”
In the past year, 36 bills dealing with the labeling of genetically engineered foods have been introduced in Vermont, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia.
Co-sponsored by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Sanders’ amendment would have made clear that states have the authority to require the labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering.
Action Alert from Food Democracy Now!
Do you know what you’re buying at the grocery store? Chances are you don’t.
Today an estimated 80% of processed foods sold in the U.S. contain ingredients, known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), that have been genetically engineered in high-tech laboratories and most Americans don’t have a clue!
For the past 20 years Americans have been denied their basic right to know what they’re eating because of a flawed regulatory system that has relied on corporate science without adequate peer-reviewed testing and scientific oversight.
It’s time to for that to change.
Already more than 40 countries around the world require labeling of foods that contain GMOs. While Americans who live in the “land of the free” have no idea what’s in their food, citizens in the European Union, Japan, Russia and even China have the legal right to know.
Recent polling has shown that 93% of Americans support mandatory labeling of GMOs.
Already more than 900,000 citizens have signed the petition urging the FDA to finally require mandatory labeling of foods that contain ingredients that have been genetically engineered in high tech laboratories. Help us reach 1 million today!
Please join us in making sure that Americans have a right to know what’s in their food.
After all, who doesn’t want to know where their food comes from?