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New Coalition Set To Confuse Consumers Even More

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A new coalition led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association aims to create a “federal legislative solution that will protect consumers by eliminating confusion” when it comes to the labeling of genetically engineered food.  Only their “solution” is anything but.

EWG’s Jason Rano spoke with NPR about what the food industry’s proposal really means:

The industry groups would like to crush any possibility of mandatory labels, and instead create a more relaxed system in which companies that want to label can, and companies that don't will never have to…

As for the significance of the industry's proposal of a voluntary federal standard for labeling, Jason Rano, director of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group, says it won't do much to combat consumer confusion around GMOs, which is the core issue at stake.

"What we really need is for FDA to require labeling of genetically engineered food and ingredients, so that consumers can understand the universe and make informed choices. We need to provide consumers with the information we know they crave," Rano tells The Salt. "This does not do that. It maintains the current status quo of a voluntary system that hasn't worked."

Read the full story here.

Table Scraps:

The Economist reports on farm bill programs, highlighting the new costly and expanded crop insurance program.

EWG's Mary Ellen Kustin writes on the rate that American agriculture is converting land and how that practice could be emitting more greenhouse gases than the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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