Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut along with Rep. Pete DeFazio, D-Ore., held a press conference to reintroduce a mandatory GMO labeling bill that will face stiff opposition in a Congress controlled by Republicans.
Boxer said the more than 30 other Democrats in the House and Senate who are sponsoring the legislation are up to the challenge. “A lot of things don’t have a chance around this joint, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to push it,” Boxer said. “Ninety percent of the people want this and it’s up to us… to make it an important issue.”
The newest version of the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act – a similar bill went nowhere in the previous Congress – would require manufacturers to clearly label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). It includes several tweaks, including a provision that would prohibit the use of the term “natural” on GMO foods.
Offering their support for the bill at today’s news conference were celebrity chef Tom Colicchio and several advocacy organizations including Food Policy Action, Environmental Working Group, Just Label It and Center for Food Safety.
“We need a congress that supports people, not corporations,” said Colicchio. “I’m not anti-science, but corporations are using these technologies as a business model to sell farmers more herbicides” – herbicides that he said are increasingly showing up in the nation’s food supply.
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