Grocery Manufacturers to lobby feds to prempt states from requiring GMO labels

| November 8, 2013
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Eat Drink Politics is reporting that internal documents acquired from the Grocery Manufacturers Association reveal that the group plans to lobby the federal government to make it illegal for states to pass laws requiring GMO labeling.

[T]he food industry’s ultimate game plan to stop the bleeding in the state-by-state onslaught of GMO labeling efforts is to lobby for a weak federal law that simultaneously preempts or trumps any state-level policy. While we have known that industry would want to put an end to the public relations nightmare happening state by state, this document for the first time reveals the lobbyists’ specific strategy.

The details are even worse than I thought and give new meaning to the word chutzpah. I had predicted a federal compromise, where industry would agree to a weak form of labeling in exchange for stripping state authority. But what industry wants instead is to stop state laws to require labeling, while not giving up anything in return. In their own words, the game plan is to “pursue statutory federal preemption which does not include a labeling requirement.”

Read the full, original story here: “Industry’s Secret Plan to Get the Feds to Kill GMO Labeling in Every State”

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