Sen. Feinstein Urges Obama to Mandate GMO Labeling
Sen. Feinstein Urges Obama to Mandate GMO Labeling

Numerous policies have failed in the struggle to label genetically engineered foods, both in Congress and at the state level. But Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) suggests another path—through the White House.

In a Dec. 19 letter, Feinstein called on President Obama to “act in the best interest of American consumers” and “take administrative action to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.”

Previous efforts to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have always met with a formidable stumbling block—U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy. Since the fruits of the technology were first introduced in the 1990s, regulators concluded that GMO foods don’t differ from conventional foods “in any meaningful or uniform way,” thus no label is required. 

But Feinstein argues that a lot has changed since this policy was written, and believes the issue deserves an update. Today, nearly 80 percent of grocery store products are thought to contain bioengineered ingredients, and the first genetically engineered animal food—AquaAdvatage Salmon—has nearly gained FDA approval. 

“I believe that genetic engineering is clearly of material importance to American consumers, and thus the outdated policy position the FDA took over 21 years ago on labeling should be revised,” writes Feinstein.

Labeling advocates have looked to Obama for years to change the policy, but the president has acted much more slowly than expected. On the campaign trail in 2007, candidate Obama promised to label GMO foods immediately if elected, “because Americans should know what they’re buying.”

  • rg9rts

    Label the products and let the FREE MARKET determine their fate,LOL what a novel idea “THE FREE MARKET”!! LOL

    • Peegan

      Isn’t it amazing how that concept goes out the window when it comes to GMOs

      • rg9rts

        Good morning. Used to love throwing that around when I was at brand X .

    • tense641

      Hi rg, try telling that to Farmer Guy, scroll up and you’ll find that commenter.

    • ELICEC

      I wish! Agriculture, is very heavily subsidized by the Government, but about 2/3rd of the subsidies go to the largest 4% of “farms”. the way they do that is if you own a lot of land, you can rent it to a few “farmers”. Now you can argue that not getting subsidies might place a hardship on your “farm” (Big investment= big potential losses.) You will get all the help you need. And don’t get me started on the “crop insurance” farce!

      • rg9rts

        You miss the point of FREE MARKET. If its labeled the consumer has a CHOICE. To buy or not to buy. The din is getting loud enough for General Mills to label Cheerios which is made from oats, a nonGMO product . Their excuse is they are bowing top public pressure. The free market cares not WHO grows it.

  • abxnomore

    All GMO’s should be labeled but when will the government act?

  • tense641

    Europe as usual way ahead of this…they clearly stated that they don’t want GMO and who could blame them?

    • rg9rts

      Good morning. The hospital won’t let the family put in a trache They claim the girl is dead and you can’t do that to a dead body……stalemate.

      • tense641

        Good morning rg, the family needs a different pastor who won’t encourage the family to continue believing that Jahi will come back and or is not dead. Thanks for the update.

        • rg9rts

          These are fundamentalist thumpers

          • tense641

            too true rg

    • Farmer Guy

      Yet, European scientists all agree that GMOs are as safe as conventional food. This movement is based on fear-mongering and political BS.

      • tense641

        Personally, I with most people, I’d love to know what chemicals are in my food.

        • Farmer Guy

          there are thousands of chemicals in your food, since everything is made from chemicals. you’ll need to be a bit more specific.

          • tense641

            Don’t be so overly dramatic it’s actually unbecoming. Most people would like to know what they’re eating…surprise surprise.

          • Farmer Guy

            Sure thing. Here is the most qualified person on earth to tell you exactly what you are eating. Enjoy.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g1denSoAbc

          • tense641

            I hate to tell you but I don’t get my news from You Tube.

          • Farmer Guy

            Great, which news authority told you that GMO has anything to with chemicals?

          • tense641

            Stop it now you’re making yourself sound like an over grown child now.

          • Farmer Guy

            Maybe you should wait until youve calmed down a little to link your credible news source.

          • ELICEC

            Scientific journals: seed producers, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bee Culture, the American Bee journal (I’m a bee Keeper) plus Le journal de l’environement,

          • Farmer Guy

            None of these people tell you that a breeding technology is a chemical. this is something that came from your very low capacity for critical thought.

          • Moonflower

            Let’s refine that to “man-made chemicals with the potential to be harmful.”

          • Farmer Guy

            GMO is a breeding technology, not a chemical. there are no chemicals in your food.

          • ELICEC

            Your buddy in the U-tube video is pretty sly and crafty: “If you make a complete analysis of broccoli, you will discover that there are hundreds of chemicals and each of these could be harmful in a big enough dose”. I’m sure, just not the way God intended. And you will find *more* man-made toxins in the GMOed broccoli. That is our point here. Some things just don’t belong in conventional, God created, food. We are playing apprentice sorcerer and selling as OK a food that we really have altered. The USDA says it is still safe. Remember that the USDA has recently approved the marketing of GMOed salmon. their study? It was done on 6 fish! 6 fish TOTAL. and these fish have already escaped in nature. The Africanized bees? That experiment was approved too. Recently, the USDA has approved 2,4,D (which is one of the nasty stuff in Agent Orange) to spray on crops. Why? because Roundup doesn’t cut it anymore, and the Iowa “farmer” has to spray 4-5 times what he used to, so we quick are supplying him with more powerful crap … coming soon to a grocery store near you.

          • Farmer Guy

            ” We are playing apprentice sorcerer and selling as OK a food that we really have altered”

            We have been playing sorcerer for about 7 decades now. welcome to the party.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutation_breeding

            “Recently, the USDA has approved 2,4,D (which is one of the nasty stuff in Agent Orange) to spray on crops.”

            No, 2,4-D is not nasty at all, which is the reason its the most prevalent herbicide used in Europe.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polychlorinated_dibenzodioxins

          • Farmer Guy

            And “my buddy in the utube” happens to be Bruce Ames, who developed the modern test for carcinogens and is one of the most cited people in all of science

      • ELICEC

        No they don’t: their regulations regarding GMO are actually pretty strict. Some American farmers who thought they were exporting non-GMO crop (1 hay, 1 alfalfa, 1 corn) have been refused this year alone, which was a bad surprise and a great financial loss to these real farmers.
        Incidentally, the country that refused the corn was communist CHINA. When you know the amount of pollution THEY tolerate, that is rather sweet: Our corn is not clean enough for communist china! The folks whose honey has been refused by us again and again and who get it mixed with 50% corn syrup and tried to pass it off as “honey”. Remember also that their bees are in such bad shape that in some orchards, pollination is now done by hand, and has been for about 10 years now in some areas.

        • Farmer Guy

          “. Some American farmers who thought they were exporting non-GMO crop (1 hay, 1 alfalfa, 1 corn) have been refused this year alone”

          WTF are you even talking about? We sell hundreds of millions of metric tons to the EU, China, and the rest of the world. Please name a country that has an outright ban on GMOs, since you are so knowledgeable about this subject.

          “Incidentally, the country that refused the corn was communist CHINA”

          actually, you are totally wrong. Chiona had already allowed this one, single unapproved variety of GMO to be imported from Argentina. This is political BS and has nothjing to do with the “cleanliness” of the corn (whatever that means) http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/19/china-corn-gmo-idUSL2N0J31QG20131119

  • begabug

    it’s probably just me, but i’d rather mix stuff together on my plate where i can see what they are.

    • rg9rts

      Till it crawls off. You have to love the industry argument that it would cost too much to label it.

  • begabug

    problem is, there just isn’t any elegant way to say that this corn is part green glowin’ pig on a label.

    • rg9rts

      I thought it was frog?? ribbit

  • AskandTell

    Since 80% of grocery store products are thought to contain bioengineered ingredients, wouldn’t it make since to label the products that aren’t GMO.

    • rg9rts

      Good morning. Label it all and let the market place deal with what sells and what won’t They fear that given the information the consumer will leave it on the shelf.

      • AskandTell

        I understand that. Instead of waiting for a government mandate which may never come, why doesn’t non-GMO foods voluntarily start labeling their products as such. If similar products are GMO, they may benefit from a spike in sales.

        • rg9rts

          A lot of them do but you have to read the fine print.

        • rg9rts

          Whole foods is instituting a non GMO policy.

          • AskandTell

            That is interesting..thanks for the info on Whole Foods.

          • tense641

            Good news.

          • AskandTell

            Whole Foods is instituting a GMO labeling policy; they will still carry GMO products in their stores.

            http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/tags/gmos

        • ELICEC

          Good idea, and they try, but because they each do their thing, their own labeling in their corner, their efforts are fractured an ineffective: They don’t get national recognition. They also sell 10-40 acres of corn, because if you do it right, it is hard to handle a bigger surface than that. I’m favoring a true “label of origin” (with the address of the farm) and also the promise that they do not sell GMO products. It is getting much harder to get seeds that are not contaminated with GMOs, especially with a crop like corn, which is wind pollinated. Seed producers are resorting to bagging each tassel and each ear, then pollinating corn by hand and even so, they still find contamination, because there is a “farmer” and I use the term loosely who is sowing hundreds of acres of corn next door.

          • rg9rts

            General Mills Kelloggs etc don’t have 20 acres.

        • rg9rts

          Some already do and Whole Foods is going NON GMO.

      • tense641

        Thanks for the info.

    • Farmer Guy

      Actually, this already exists. There is a govt subsidized label that was implemented for people with irrational fears of farming and plant breeding, called USDA Organic. Its amazing that people dont just use this label if they dont want to eat gmos.

      • ELICEC

        “Irrational fear of farming & plant breeding?? Your bias is showing. You may have personal interests in poking fun at folks who want to know if their food is GMOed or not, but why would the Ag *industry* (and it IS, an industry, it has nothing to do with farming anymore) spend over 2 Billion dollars *avoiding* a very simple label? Answer: because they can reap more money from selling these un-natural things, than they would selling real food: It is hard to grow organic foods, and harder now that these industrialists are using regulations to their advantage, to make it even more expensive). They have claimed that the labeling is putting undue hardship / cost on their product. (but they can *afford* the 2 Billion + to fight that label). And frankly, they love to plaster large amounts of other (misleading)information in making these beautiful glossy color pictures and the large bold characters telling you “you just gotta try that stuff”.(Tell me *that* is not an increased cost which does not go in the quality of the food. So please, son’t tell me that they are crushed under the burden of telling us what we are eating. I call Bull puckey!

        • Farmer Guy

          ” because they can reap more money from selling these un-natural things, than they would selling real food”

          LOL. my bias is showing? Please tell us how one is real food and one is not. Be SPECIFIC.

    • Moonflower

      They have, and do. GM food is so much cheaper, because it it subsidized by our government, that quite a few of us are having a difficult time affording organic. Most people who are aware of the potential dangers, and who can afford to buy organic, already do.

      In addition, GM products are the ones that were changed. They should have the responsibility to label their products as such, not the farmers using age old agricultural farming methods.

      • Farmer Guy

        ” GM food is so much cheaper, because it it subsidized by our government”

        organic grains can get the exact same subsidy. it has nothing to do with GMO

        ” Most people who are aware of the potential dangers”

        there are no potential dangers.

  • Farmer Guy

    Pretty sure Dianne wins the most anti-science Luddite person in congress. Congrats!

  • http://geneticallyengineeredfoodnews.com Ella Baker

    It’s about time for Diane to step up!

    • rg9rts

      She is too busy overseeing the NSA

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