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The Organic Consumers Association has put out a press release accusing USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack of fear-mongering. Secretary Vilsack made comments recently regarding the importance of Congress passing a national fix to the GMO labeling debacle.
Vilsack’s comments related to the Vermont GMO labeling law that will take effect on July 1, 2016. As Vilsack rightly pointed out, the law is a hot mess. It is inconsistent, confusing, and misleading. Interpretation of the labeling law is difficult and will be difficult for companys to implement. Without federal intervention, the law will go into effect and essentially create a national GMO labeling standard.
But the OCA thinks these very frank statements are somehow fear-mongering.
The whole thing is highly ironic, of course, because organic marketing thrives on fear-based marketing and scaring consumers into purchasing organic products. . . .
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Of course, the very point of GMO labeling laws is to instill fear in people! As the anti-GMO movement has pointed out over and over again, the goal of these labels is to, ultimately, ban the technology. They plan on achieving this by putting a label on the products, telling people how terrible GMOs are . . . and drive down the market demand for products containing GMOs. . . .
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Secretary Vilsack absolutely right – we need Congress to act before the law goes into effect. Otherwise, organizations like the Organic Consumers Association will win…and that’s something I actually fear!
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