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Rep. Davis Doesn’t Think You Can Handle Knowing if Your Food is Genetically Modified

Friday, August 1, 2014

At a House subcommittee hearing last month, Rep. Rodney Davis and several colleagues agreed that people who want the government to require labeling of genetically engineered foods don’t know what they are talking about.

EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin and Jason Rano write:

“Davis suggested that consumers might perceive government-mandated labels as warnings that the food was unsafe.

But when he sees that label on a carton of orange juice that says it was made from concentrate, does he think it’s toxic? Or does he realize that U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations require simply that the juice processor inform consumers exactly what they’re buying?

Americans who are demanding to know what’s in their food and what’s been done to it have various reasons for wanting GE labeling. For some, it’s about herbicide use.  Despite what agrichemical companies promised, GE crops have not produced higher yields with fewer pesticides.”

Read more on AgMag.

Table Scraps:

EWG’s Mike Lavender writes on Congress shortchanging Obama’s “Champions of Change”.

Businessweek reports on Ben & Jerry’s support of Vermont’s GMO labeling law.

Tweet of the Day:

@Laurie_David A must read - @ruthreichl’s important @nytimes oped: The F.D.A.’s Blatant Failure on Food http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/opinion/the-fda-blatant-failure-on-food.html?_r=0 …

Herd on the Hill:

The new Ben’s Chili Bowl in Reagan National Airport has won PETA’s “Best of Reagan Award”.

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