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Friday, April 25, 2014

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) will sign a bill that on July 1, 2016, will require the labeling of all genetically modified food (frankenfood) -- a first in the U.S. The bill states the foods "potentially pose risks to health, safety, agriculture, and the environment." The American public overwhelmingly supports labeling of food made with genetically modified ingredients. More than 90 percent of those polled by the New York Times in January 2013 said food should be labeled. The European Union has required some form of labeling for genetically engineered products since 1997.

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I picture the CEO of Monsanto flipping the switch on his version of the Bat Signal, only this one projects a big "O".

We'll see if our hero once again heeds the call.

#1 | Posted by Sully at 2014-04-25 04:20 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2014-04-25 04:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

I think it'll be interesting to note how pervasive GMO's are in the food at a local market.

I think it should be labeled tho.

#3 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-04-25 04:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

One small victory for consumer rights.

#4 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-04-25 04:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

Countries & Regions With GE Food/Crop Bans

www.organicconsumers.org

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2014-04-25 04:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

finally. hope its a nationwide trend.

#6 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2014-04-25 04:31 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

Excellent. As usual, like medical cannabis and cannabis legalization, change has to come from below, since there is no leadership in Washington by the demowussies or rethugs.

#7 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-04-25 04:31 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The weird part is that we needed a law to enforce our right to know what we're eating.

And the amount of money being spent by the food industry to try and prevent it.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-04-25 04:52 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Excellent. As usual, like medical cannabis and cannabis legalization, change has to come from below, since there is no leadership in Washington by the demowussies or rethugs.

#7 | Posted by nullifidian

Well the change from below is coming from the demmowussies.

It's democrats that legalized weed and its democrats who are standing up for real food.

Which means you can expect republicans to attack these labels with everything they've got. If dem's want it, it must be STOPPED! Stand up for frankenfoods republicans!

#9 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-04-25 04:53 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

It says a lot that Americans overwhelmingly want this and it hasn't happened.

#10 | Posted by rcade at 2014-04-25 04:55 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

And the amount of money being spent by the food industry to try and prevent it.
#8 | Posted by donnerboy

To me that's the most telling part of this whole story. It shows how scared the food industry is of being forced to tell people what they're eating. The free market is all just fine and dandy as long as industry is allowed to do anything they want. But when people are allowed to do what they want (like know what they're eating) all of the sudden the free market is a Bad Thing.

#11 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2014-04-25 04:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why worry about Frank food when most people gobble hotdogs? They're made of ears, snouts, internal and external organs.

#12 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2014-04-25 04:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

"It's democrats that legalized weed and its democrats who are standing up for real food."

No, it was initiatives that legalized mmj in Cali against the opposition of Dem politicians like Diane Feinstein and jerry brown. Washington and Colorado, again, initiatives.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-04-25 05:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Do you smoke GMO weed?

#14 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-04-25 05:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 3

There's GMO weed?
I know there's "Roundup Ready" black coca, but I believe it is a natural mutation.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-04-25 05:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

If a few more of the larger states pass these laws, then the manufacturers will end up having to just label it everywhere because it's too much work to do two kinds of labeling.

You go VT. You're my hero.

#16 | Posted by LEgregius at 2014-04-25 05:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

I personally would like to know what exactly I'm consuming. But, I can also guarantee that the majority of Americans could care less. If fact, I bet that most don't want to know.

#17 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-04-25 05:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

I could care less as if I want something I get it and believe in 'better living though chemistry' ;)

#18 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-04-25 05:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

t's democrats that legalized weed and its democrats who are standing up for real food.

Which means you can expect republicans to attack these labels with everything they've got. If dem's want it, it must be STOPPED! Stand up for frankenfoods republicans!

#9 | Posted by SpeakSoftly a

naive.

Democrats who voted against genetic food labeling in the past [...]

www.dailykos.com

#19 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-04-25 06:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)"

Honest injun? The new progressive Messiah voted for Monsanto?

#20 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-04-25 06:14 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

#20 | Posted by nullifidian

yes, their was a couple I found disappointing on the list, she was one of them

#21 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-04-25 06:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

No, it was initiatives that legalized mmj in Cali against the opposition of Dem politicians like Diane Feinstein and jerry brown. Washington and Colorado, again, initiatives.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian

Right. Initiatives funded, supported, signed, and delivered by a mostly democrat constituents. Dem politicians are a different story. You can't be a real democrat and get elected. Private election funding requires selling out to corporate interests - therefore any dem in high office is probably not a real dem.

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-04-25 06:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

The new progressive Messiah voted for Monsanto?

She's on the payroll.

People that go to Washington go to do good.

They end up doing well.

#23 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-04-25 06:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

Honest injun? The new progressive Messiah voted for Monsanto?

#20 | Posted by nullifidian

Warren makes her request for national GMO labeling guidance in the form of a one-page letter, also signed by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), sent to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Aug. 22. The letter calls for the FDA to finalize a draft document it issued in January 2001 and to "implement a regulatory framework for the standardization of labeling policies for GMO and non-GMO foods."

Read more: www.politico.com

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-04-25 06:39 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

" letter calls for the FDA to finalize a draft document it issued in January 2001"

Then in 2013 she votes against GMO labeling

#25 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-04-25 06:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

and so did mark udall

#26 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-04-25 06:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

100% FOR IT

#27 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-04-25 07:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

The weird part is that we needed a law to enforce our right to know what we're eating.
#8 | Posted by donnerboy

That's not weird at all, it has always been that way.
Companies used to put rat poison and sawdust into food to increase profits.
Capitalists care for one thing: Money.

#28 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-04-25 07:34 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I like the idea of such labeling NOT because of anything against GMO food, but just on the concept of full disclosure.

Just like I want to know which food is coming from China...

#29 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-04-25 07:41 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I feel so much safer...

#30 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-04-25 08:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

That's not weird at all, it has always been that way.

Maybe weird is not the best word but it is strange to me. I really do want to know where my food is coming from and what is in it. I think most people do.

There is a great app out for your smart phone called Fooducate. The basic version is free. It has a database of foods (that you can add to) and helps you analyze foods by scanning the bar code with your smart phone. It gives a grade and explains in English what's in it and why it is good (or bad) for you and even gives GMO information on the products.

I use it all the time as sometimes I cannot make heads or tails of the ingredients and it helps me compare products....and sometimes I can't even read the ingredients as the print is so tiny.

#31 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-04-25 08:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

If you have always wanted to visit Denmark or Norway, but did not because of the cost or the language barrier. May I gladly recommend a vacation in the beautiful state of Vermont. Its almost like being in a different country especially if you live in a Red State. They actually have a communist-marxist guy in congress, not like the fake Marxist Obama, but a REAL Marxist ..LOL
Great people ..beautiful state ..great food .,,try the Maple Syrup on their Johnny Cakes
Sammy in Arizona and Rhode Island

#32 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-04-25 08:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

Raze all Monsonto crops, or at minimum force-feed their scientific teams. Seriously, what a waste.

All scientific studies indicate GM crops are not safe for consumption. All other "studies" are Monsonto covering-up science.

#33 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-04-26 12:01 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Good. Allow the free market and transparency to work and kick out those politicians who believe the public does not have a right to know about GMO, country of origin, contents and everything about the food we eat.

Since corporations have no ethics we need watchdogs that will prosecute starting with the CEO criminally when they lie.

#34 | Posted by Robson at 2014-04-26 12:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

All scientific studies indicate GM crops are not safe for consumption. All other "studies" are Monsonto[sic] covering-up science.

All?

Search SSRN for "gmo" and "genetically modified food." Without accounting for overlap, the search will produce 269 scholarly papers. Quick perusal shows the papers approach the issue from many directions and are both pro and con.

Perhaps you could point out those that are "Monsonto[sic] covering up."

#35 | Posted by et_al at 2014-04-26 03:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

"But, I can also guarantee that the majority of Americans could care less.
#17 | Posted by lee_the_agent"

I don't think that's what you meant to say. You probably meant to say, "I can also guarantee that the majority of Americans couldN'T care less."

Am I right, Lee? Also, do the Dodgers need more reliable relief pitching, and do the Kings have any chance to win the series against the Fish?

#36 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2014-04-26 07:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

All scientific studies indicate GM crops are not safe for consumption. All other "studies" are Monsonto covering-up science.

I think you're overstating your position just a wee bit.

This is a complex issue, however, with multiple facets that one could argue are worthy of making this law necessary.

Better to err on the side of caution and just label them. Good move VT.

#37 | Posted by jpw at 2014-04-27 01:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

The labeling will need to be very specific if it is going to be effective.

There are 50 different ways that MSG can be labelled; none of them say 'MSG".

"100% natural juice" can contain up to 5% of other additives.

The list of vague definitions and broad exceptions goes on and on.

Not labeling is bad. Deceptive labeling is bad, too.

#38 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-04-27 02:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

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