Tell USDA We Need Honest, Informative GE / GMO Labeling
As the deadline approaches for regulations on labeling genetically engineered (GE or GMO —genetically modified organism) food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a rule that fails in every important respect:
- It allows information to be conveyed by QR codes, whose use requires a cell phone (with camera function) and a reliable broadband connection.
- It allows GE food to be identified as “bioengineered” OR by a smiley-faced symbol containing the letters “be.”
- It does not cover highly processed GE foods, like vegetable oils or sugar, and does not include newer genetic engineering techniques, such as CRISPR (a gene editing tool).
- Implementation is delayed.
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As a consumer, I have a right to know whether my food is produced using genetic engineering. As USDA finalizes labeling regulations, please ensure that labels are honest, transparent, and informative by adopting the following policies:
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