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Excerpt: "United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) have sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to finalize its policies on the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) marketed as food products or additives."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill about the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. (photo: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill about the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. (photo: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)


Sen. Warren Urges FDA to Finalize GMO Labeling Guidelines

By Elizabeth Warren U.S. Senator for Massachusetts

05 September 13

 

Calls for FDA to implement policies to promote transparency for consumers

nited States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) have sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to finalize its policies on the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) marketed as food products or additives.

"We encourage the FDA to implement a regulatory framework that will promote transparency for consumers while providing producers with the certainty they need to label their products appropriately," Senators Warren and Udall write in the letter. "Standardized labels will prevent misleading or confusing information from being presented to consumers which will help them make informed purchasing decisions that will encourage market competition."

 

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+59 # WestWinds 2013-09-05 06:21
While this may be a step in the right direction, just stop and think, people:

They want all of our guns,

the corporations want to control all of the water,

the Patent Office is giving patents to these corporations for living material (think animals and food),

we have lost most of habeas corpus (see Chris Hedges articles on court battles),

the NDAA (which should actually be the National Corporate Defense Authorization Act) is seeking the authorization to have the military pick up and detain anyone for any reason and disappear you without ANY recourse where you can be raped, tortured, murdered and who knows what all else their evil minds can dream up,

and last but not least; Monsanto with its GMO - one season only - foods that only they have control over all of the seeds.

What part of sick, vicious, evil totalitarian nightmare can't we say???
 
 
+66 # MainStreetMentor 2013-09-05 07:47
ALL good points, WestWinds, and I agree. I'd like to thank Senator Warren and Senator Udall for taking the steps they have with the above letter. These are the types of Senators we must duplicate in the coming elections!
 
 
+11 # Kathymoi 2013-09-05 12:15
The letter is too vague for me. It doesn't demand labeling of gmo's. It doesn't ask for anything specific that would in fact guarantee that consumers know what products contain gmo's and which ingredients in the product are genetically modified. it doesn't ask for animal products from animals fed gmo feed to be labeled as such. It has no teeth that I can see.
 
 
+13 # seakat 2013-09-05 15:03
The letter refers to a draft guidance from 2001. They're asking for it to be implemented, not new rules made. It's a bit hard to say the letter has no teeth when we don't know what's in the draft guidance.
 
 
+18 # JohnFisch 2013-09-06 10:51
I agree with most (all?) of what you write. However, there is something each of us can do. We can take this directive to hear - "Think globally, but act locally". For each area of our lives where we are concerned, we can choose to throw up our hands in despair, we can tilt at the windmills, or we can do what we can within the course of our lives to fight those concerns. As far as GMO - we really can grow the bulk of our own foods, in our yards, on our balconies, or at a community garden. You can work with people who have the space/land but not the physical capability. It is not hard. Grow your food, preserve the excess, save the seeds and repeat. If you insist on denying being able to do this, then do some research and support local and responsible growers. The benefits to each of us is not just limited to only actively battling GMO corporations, but also extend to better nutrition and health, far better taste, a closer-knit community, and a dawning of awareness of just how far removed our population has become from the natural world (how many of you are actually a little bit apprehensive about growing a plant? How many have no idea where to begin, even though "growing" is almost in our DNA after thousands of years of doing so as a species, until as recently as the last century or so?) We do not have to wait for a superhero to come along and save us from ourselves. We can act such that our lives reflect our beliefs.
 
 
+52 # brux 2013-09-05 06:35
YES! Please get GMO labelling standards in place ASAP!
 
 
+55 # Barbara K 2013-09-05 06:37
Just label it. Label our food and tell us if it is GMO. If they won't then those who have NON GMO food can label theirs as NON-GMO. So we know what we want to buy. We are the consumers of these products and deserve to have safe food to eat. Stop letting them put poisons in our food. It makes us sick and die a slow, miserable death. If it kills bugs or animals, it will kill us too, we will ingest more than a bug does. Just inform us of what we are eating. Not labeled? Don't buy it.

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+28 # newvisionamy 2013-09-05 08:58
Valid point. Right on. "If they won't then those who have NON GMO food can label theirs as NON-GMO." I would prefer that everyone one label their foods. I realize that many don't care and trust that what they eat is safe and so be it. That is their decision. Uninformed is lethal.
 
 
+11 # Kathymoi 2013-09-05 12:17
You can buy organic, which is supposed to mean non gmo but may not. You can, for greater safety, buy organic that is additionally labeled non gmo. Read the ingredients list on prepared foods. Each ingredient should say if it is organic.
 
 
+12 # seakat 2013-09-05 15:06
Many people think organic just means more expensive & don't know enough about GMOs to know the difference between organic and everything else. GMO labeling would be a means of educating these people.
 
 
+6 # Sylvie 2013-09-07 04:48
Those who produce NON-GMO food already do label it as such. It is unfair to put the burden of letting consumers know that nothing bad has been done to the food, on those producers who already have the extra costs of bringing us healthier, better quality food. If someone is using GMOs, the burden should be on them to say so!
 
 
+3 # karenvista 2013-09-07 13:29
Quoting Barbara K:
Just label it. Label our food and tell us if it is GMO. If they won't then those who have NON GMO food can label theirs as NON-GMO. So we know what we want to buy. We are the consumers of these products and deserve to have safe food to eat. Stop letting them put poisons in our food. It makes us sick and die a slow, miserable death. If it kills bugs or animals, it will kill us too, we will ingest more than a bug does. Just inform us of what we are eating. Not labeled? Don't buy it.

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FDA WON'T ALLOW FOOD TO BE LABELED FREE OF GENETIC MODIFICATION
I thought I had heard that the government won't allow non-GMO products to be labeled as such and found this Rawstory article you might want to read.

They have covered all the commercial bases on GMOs unless our Senators can force them to implement the labeling outlined above.

And let's hope that we can still buy non-GMO seeds because Monsanto and friends are working hard to take that away as well.
 
 
+3 # karenvista 2013-09-07 13:42
Well, now I read on the GMO Awareness website:

"And because so many consumers don’t know that Certified Organic = GMO free (I didn’t, until I did the research), it can be a more obvious and affordable way of letting customers know."

I guess the best advice is "Be careful!"
 
 
+30 # reiverpacific 2013-09-05 07:38
Good luck Senators! You have a whole mess of lobbyist-grease d fellow-politico s to deal with and the corrupt and corrupting might of Monsteranto and many other corporate bullies who tell the FDA to "jump" and it asks "Hoiw high boss"!
 
 
0 # Rich Austin 2013-09-05 09:03
WestWinds:
Part I
You undermine your own otherwise valid points by beginning with, "They want all of our guns". That's baloney. Registering firearms is different from confiscation.

Then you compound your mistake by including “...authorizati on to have the military pick up and detain anyone for any reason and disappear you without ANY recourse where you can be raped, tortured, murdered…” C’mon.

Just stating what you know (instead of what some loony Libertarian asserts) is good enough.

Now, while this GMO crumbs-on-the-t able diversion is underway, WAR is about to start. On-going ATTACKS on America’s working class continue. The whole loaf is being stolen!
 
 
+27 # Kathymoi 2013-09-05 12:22
The whole loaf IS BEING stolen and Monsanto is one of the biggest thieves in the pack of thieves. We need to break up the monopolies, wherever they are, and Monsanto is one of them. And we need to break up the marriage of monopolies and government, and Monsanto is one of the most visible and obvious family members of our government. There is no line between our government and Monsanto. This we need to break up. If we break the tie between our government and the huge multinational corporations, we wouldn't be getting into these wars in the middle east. These wars are benefit banquets for various corporations.
 
 
+25 # Rich Austin 2013-09-05 09:04
WestWinds:

Part II

Over the course of the past year I was out in the streets protesting policies that caused 20% of the population to go without food for part of 2012; that created unemployment and shrunk our wages; that foreclosed on our homes; that robbed us of health care; that stole money from education; that rendered the 95% subservient to the top 5%. Sadly, not enough people left their homes and keyboards to join in those protests.

Nothing will change unless we the people turn off the machines, halt commerce, and otherwise practice peaceful dissent against the corporatists and their political water carriers who run the nation. Don’t get confused and blame “Big Government”. What is happening is the opposite of “Big Government”. We need “Big Government” to guarantee “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” to every resident of our land. “Big Government is we the people!
 
 
+14 # Kathymoi 2013-09-05 12:57
We the people need to come together as a citizenry. We need to select our own candidates from among ourselves and not wait for any major political party to select someone for us. The major parties rely on funding from billionaires, and any presidential candidate sponsored by a major party is a politician and needs to accommodate the funders of the party. We need, instead, to identify people who are competent citizens and not politicians. We need people who are already working to overturn corporate rule: people like Thomas Linzey, Bill McKibben, Jeffrey Smith, Naom Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Robyn O'Brien, some good journalists, and many more. We need to plan more powerful strategies than getting arrested or writing letters to the congressmen who are receiving funding,favors and future jobs from multinational corporations. We need to identify a group of about 100 people- of whom one would be willing to be on the ballot for president in 2016 and the rest willing to commit to be cabinet, advisors and staff. There are thousands of competent people who might be willing if they were supported by a large group. Let's work on that. We can campaign without spending millions on a showy convention and major tv network advertising. It is possible.- We need to be our government, literally, to make our government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not as easy as waiting for politicians to run the government our way, but necessary if we want it run our way.
 
 
+26 # jamjr40 2013-09-05 09:23
I applaud these actions taken by Senator Warren and Senator Udall, I know they will be joined by my Senators, Sanders and Leahy as well as Senator Boxer from California. Although this letter, like so many in the past, will be totally ignored by the FDA trolls who are controlled by Monsanto henchmen, it is a step in the right direction.

Nevertheless, Senators Warren and Udall must dig further to find the documentation that already exists from word renown physicians that have documented illnesses that result from the consumption of GMO foods. Naturalnews.com and responsibeletec hnology.org are good starting points for this type of research.

Each senator and congressman as well as all state legislatures should read the book, "The World According to Monsanto", by Marie-Monique Robbins. In it is detailed the atrocities waged by Monsanto on out people and our government. They simply must be stopped and dismantled.
 
 
+1 # Kathymoi 2013-09-05 12:25
The letter is too vague for me. It doesn't demand labeling of gmo's. It doesn't ask for anything specific that would in fact guarantee that consumers know what products contain gmo's and which ingredients in the product are genetically modified. it doesn't ask for animal products from animals fed gmo feed to be labeled as such. It has no teeth that I can see.
 
 
+23 # jwb110 2013-09-05 09:27
I have stopped eating a whole bunch of stuff because I am unsure of what I may be eating. I might even buy something GMO if I at least had the the info as to what I am buying. I am plain tired of a Gov't that thinks it is better for me to be kept in the dark about just about everything.
 
 
+7 # modernjacobin 2013-09-05 10:55
Our 1% govt could care less. So long as they're making profits from their shares of Monsanto while feeding their own SPAWN on Whole Foods and gourmet meats, why should they bother? Let them eat GMO! (Not gateaux!)

Look at the top recipients of donations from Monsanto: Repug state leadership (oxymoron), Dem/Repug govn association, Claire McGaskill, Obama, Mitch McConnell, etc. Do you think any of them are going to change anything?

No, they'll give us BS like the following:

"Government cannot step in and interfere with how its citizens decide to feed themselves. This is an individual decision. It's what our founding fathers fought for--and what liberty and freedom are all about. It's everyone's duty as a responsible citizen to do his or her own research--yes we can! Remember, it's better to have more fruit and veggies than meat!"

Or the George Bush version:

"Is our children eatin'? Make the pie higher! And W stands for war--and water. Everyone needs water. Kobe beef is good too even though we don't know where it comes from."
 
 
+2 # Kathymoi 2013-09-05 12:24
The letter is too vague for me. It doesn't demand labeling of gmo's. It doesn't ask for anything specific that would in fact guarantee that consumers know what products contain gmo's and which ingredients in the product are genetically modified. it doesn't ask for animal products from animals fed gmo feed to be labeled as such. It has no teeth that I can see.
 
 
+3 # Kathymoi 2013-09-05 12:58
We the people need to come together as a citizenry. We need to select our own candidates from among ourselves and not wait for any major political party to select someone for us. The major parties rely on funding from billionaires, and any presidential candidate sponsored by a major party is a politician and needs to accommodate the funders of the party. We need, instead, to identify people who are competent citizens and not politicians. We need people who are already working to overturn corporate rule: people like Thomas Linzey, Bill McKibben, Jeffrey Smith, Naom Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Robyn O'Brien, some good journalists, and many more. We need to plan more powerful strategies than getting arrested or writing letters to the congressmen who are receiving funding,favors and future jobs from multinational corporations. We need to identify a group of about 100 people- of whom one would be willing to be on the ballot for president in 2016 and the rest willing to commit to be cabinet, advisors and staff. There are thousands of competent people who might be willing if they were supported by a large group. Let's work on that. We can campaign without spending millions on a showy convention and major tv network advertising. It is possible.- We need to be our government, literally, to make our government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not as easy as waiting for politicians to run the government our way, but necessary if we want it run our way.
 
 
+8 # USA2012??? 2013-09-05 18:14
Doesn't all of the antics to avoid the labeling of one of our most basic needs beg the question: "If GMOs are safe why are those of you who want this modified food fed to people not forthcoming with evidence to support your claim of safe food?

A moron would have to reason that it must not be safe due to the food industries obvious attempts to prevent people from knowing what they are consuming, and to say you don't know whether it's safe or not is absolutely unacceptable.
 
 
+16 # NOMINAE 2013-09-05 22:11
Europe has been very successful in forcing Monsanto out of their organic markets, and in requiring GMO Labeling. That's the good news. Monsanto is not invincible World Wide.

However, the "other" news is that, now that Monsanto has effectively thrown in the towel in Europe, it has redoubled it's efforts to increase it's vice-like grip in the U.S., India, and the many other countries on the Globe that have not been as vigorous at fighting back as were the countries in the EU. In fact, Obama himself used to lobby the EU on behalf of Monsanto every time he flew into Europe.

Monsanto is indeed powerful here. Google "Monsanto Protection Act", in which the Corporation manages to legally exempt itself from any and all binding laws in the U.S.

Thanks, though, to the E.U. example, we have proof that Monsanto, while extremely powerful, is not omnipotent.
 
 
+3 # karenvista 2013-09-07 13:53
The U.S. State Department is the primary sales office for Monsanto around the world.

They apply pressure, threats and bribes to force weaker countries into letting the Monsanto Wolf into their Henhouses. Once that happens, they're doomed, their people even more impoverished and driven to mass suicide, like in India.
 
 
+1 # kalob 2013-09-08 04:12
Labels are important, and I for one want to know if GMO's are used in any way in any part of the process. I also agree with John Fisch; we need to do more in our own yards, and communities. Any cities that do not allow food gardens, Or small farm animals.ie, chickens. Those laws need to be abandoned.
 

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