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Gucciardi writes: "Back in 2007 during his campaign tour, Obama addressed the serious issue of GMOs with a promise that he would immediately 'let folks know' whether or not they are consuming GMOs through proper labeling."

President Obama in the Oval Office, Oct. 31, 2011, signing an executive order directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages. Will he act on GMO labeling? (photo: Charles Dharapak/AP)
President Obama in the Oval Office, Oct. 31, 2011, signing an executive order directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages. Will he act on GMO labeling? (photo: Charles Dharapak/AP)

Will Obama Fulfill His 2007 Promise to Label GMOs?

By Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

10 November 12


ith the passing of election day 2012, massive awareness was spread throughout the country thanks to the California GMO labeling bill known as Proposition 37. While the bill did not pass through California legislation due to the many dirty tactics employed by the 'No on 37' campaign such as falsely using FDA backing and even sending out fake voting flyers, it has truly invigorated the discussion on proper GMO labeling. Labeling that was promised back in 2007 by the newly re-elected Barack Obama.

Back in 2007 during his campaign tour, Obama addressed the serious issue of GMOs with a promise that he would immediately 'let folks know' whether or not they are consuming GMOs through proper labeling. You can hear the statement yourself in the video below:



Now more than 5 years later, Obama has not addressed the issue of GMO labeling - at least not in the way you might think. Instead, Obama appointed the former Vice President of Monsanto Michael Taylor as a senior adviser to the FDA back in 2009. Taylor is currently a Deputy Commissioner for Foods for the FDA. These are the facts, and this is not a partisan issue. I am not a republican, nor am I a democrat. I am, however, against Monsanto and tumor-linked genetically modified organisms. I am also for the direct labeling of genetically modified foods, an initiative that was promised 5 years ago by Obama before he took office for the first time.

Meanwhile, concerned citizens around the country has been demanding GMO labeling through numerous outlets. Polls indicate that anywhere from 93-95% of United States citizens are in favor of labeling GMOs. After all, if the general public actually knew that most of what they are consuming contains GMOs they simply would no longer eat them. Ultimately, corporations using GMOs would go bankrupt if they did not phase them out. This is exactly what corporations do not want, which is why they have contributed over $50 million in fighting Prop 37's GMO labeling initiative.

It is essential that we continue to bring the issue of GMO labeling to the forefront of the political spectrum and demand that legislators honor the fundamental right to know what you are putting into your body. It is also essential that we highlight the promises made by Obama and others to initiate GMO labeling. This is not a partisan issue - it is a human one. your social media marketing partner


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+24 # Douglas Jack 2012-11-10 11:40
With a blocked House, its essential that the population focus upon our economic ability to vote with every dollar we spend. We need to vote for: 1) Tree-foods such as nuts, fruit & greens so that this 3-dimensional economic environment is replanted worldwide. 2) Plant (preferably polyculture orchard) based foods for better nutrition direct from the source, relief of brutality to animals & personally reducing our ecological footprint ten to one. Abundant decentralized tree-based economy is uncontrolled by Dow/Monsanto 2-D 'agriculture' (Latin 'ager' = 'field') deficit based corporations. In order to empower Obama to pass such legislation, people must own our earning & spending dollars, so these deficit money-only corporations are disabled.
+27 # maddave 2012-11-10 11:41
Quote: This is not a partisan issue - it is a human one.Unquote

You have to be kidding, right? Follow me on this:
If the GMO's add anything to the product that is desirable or marketable THEY would already labeling the products in big red letters. It is safe, then, to presume then, that either there are no redeeming nutritional advantages to the consumer OR that there is something to be hidden from us.

We DO know that GMO crops cost less to raise and maintain - So GMO's equate to more agricultural profits. (As opposed to lower consumer prices in the supermarket) We're talking about big money, Folks and big money ALWAYS equates ro politics & lobbying by Corporate America.

We'll see how the now-un-encumber ed Obama handles this issue now.
+26 # brux 2012-11-10 13:15
> We DO know that GMO crops cost less to raise and maintain

Not sure that is true in the long term since weeds and pests are adapting to the systemic pesticide in the plants and then require more chemical pesticides.
+13 # Nominae 2012-11-10 22:25
@ brux

Absolutely correct, and farmers buying Monsanto seeds are quickly and legally enslaved to Monsanto into the future.

And, it is no accident, now that crops require even more pesticide, fungicide and herbicide due to the development of "superweeds" and "superbugs" that have all evolved resistance to GMO "wonders", that Monsanto just "happens" to run a thriving business *in* the very pesticides, fungicides and herbicides that are now required in much higher doses to fight the "super" weeds and bugs that Monsanto technology originally created. Big-Ag doesn't a play to screw the consumer coming *and* going.
+9 # abaconw48026 2012-11-10 17:02
There are some sites with some great information about GMO foods, including this one. What you do not know can indeed kill you.
+4 # Nominae 2012-11-10 22:26
@ abaconw48026

Thank you so much for those resources. To that I would like to add:
+3 # abaconw48026 2012-11-10 23:22
Great site! I bookmarked it, and I found a link there that was interesting in that we talk about California and their fight but I was unaware that the question was on other ballots where GMO foods are now banned!
+9 # abaconw48026 2012-11-10 20:35
The problem is that the big money is used to hide GMO's rather than promote them because there are so many issues involved. For example, some Montsanto products for pest control, including GMO foods, result in immunity rather than control in time. If a small farm does not raise GMO crops while his neighbor does, eventually we will probably see lawsuits regarding patent infringement because of the cross contamination. One big reason for the fight to avoid marking GMO foods as such is because so many countries - listed in the article I previously posted - will not allow those foods into the country or to be sold so that they must be marketed to those areas without such regulations, such as here in the U.S.
+6 # Douglas Jack 2012-11-11 00:05
Worldwide GMOs aren't less costly to raise, nor more profitable (net). The millions of suicides by India's GMO farmers point to much less in fact insufficient net-profit for the 'farmer' (French 'ferme' = 'contract of servitude between the serf & the aristocrat'). Monsanto, Dow etc establishing complete corporate institutional control over seeding, fertilizer, equipment-sales , irrigation systems, pesticides, product processing, transport, distribution, marketing at all levels. Those farmers who play by GMO rules are expected to work super long hours at typically low return while suffering pesticide, GMO foods (plant & animal), artificial fertilizer, dust, collapsed vertebrae from constant shaking in machines during long days, constant mechanical attention to machines which continually break-down, exposure to solvents, complex synthetic chemicals etc. GMO's are part of one integrated ownership system for every aspect of production costs with huge biophysical inefficiencies. Those farmers don't play by Monsanto/Dow's GMO rules find themselves without economies of scale to be part of these centralized systems. Like many institutional & 2-dimensional 'agriculture' (L 'ager' = 'field') illusions, there is a tremendous amount of false information circulating. These lies are colonial society's very foundation with all power-structure s co-dependent.
+36 # tbcrawford 2012-11-10 12:32
First indication Obama has any intent to keep his promise is to fire Michael Taylor, and Ag chief Villsack...No more ex-Monsanto types in government, please!!!
+6 # abaconw48026 2012-11-10 20:54
It is not only a case of removing Montsanto types from Government but we need a total examination of things like the FDA which often delays lifesaving therapies rather than supporting them. To quote Dr. Von Eschenbach, former director of the National Cancer Institute and a FDA director from 2005 to 2009 "The FDA should approve drugs based on safety and leave efficacy testing for post-market studies" There is an enormous profit to be made by drug companies on drugs but a new miracle drug from a small company will never get to those who need it the most because of their inability to spend the money to prove it works. We Need to Modernize the FDA "from the bottom up" to include a "comprehensive external review of the agency's regulatory processes" according to this doctor who lead that agency for over 4 years despite those pharmaceutical companies who are so opposed to those changes. The group has written many exposes on dangerous medicines which the FDA should never have approved but did so because of internal pressure and lobbying by pharmaceutical groups, causing thousands of unnecessary deaths.
+12 # brux 2012-11-10 13:12
I follow politics and Obama pretty closely, but I was not aware of this. I hope it gets done, because our CA proposition 37 that would have mandated labeled GMOs got defeated by corporate money.

I like the technology but it does not belong in the environment or our food unless very carefully regulated and accepted by the people - that should be on the GMO companies to do, not by fooling us or forcing us to eat GMOs.
+6 # noitall 2012-11-10 14:11
[quote name="brux"]I follow politics and Obama pretty closely, but I was not aware of this. I hope it gets done, because our CA proposition 37 that would have mandated labeled GMOs got defeated by corporate money."

Do the math: with over 1,500,000 uncounted ballots in CA and Prop.37 "losing" by 1/3 of that number, it looks like Proposition 37 got Kerry'd. AND the same poll auditors in CA audited the polls in the Florida Kerry election. I think that REALLY, Monsantos money went for not as did the rest of the 4 Billion spent trying to elect the Republicants. Let's see if California voters let THIS stand.
+10 # sofi12 2012-11-10 13:18
Michael Taylor is not the only member of the Obama administration with ties to Monsanto. The President, when he took office, had some naive notion of "reaching out" to "both sides" in order to craft policies somewhere in the middle. Let's hope he has learned that his DOES NOT WORK. With the number of people he has infuriated, it is something of a miracle that he got re-elected. With overwhelming majorities favoring sound policies on the social safety net and food safety, I guess it is high time for President Obama to carry them out.
+7 # noitall 2012-11-10 14:14
It wasn't a "miracle" that O got re-elected, it was a choice of frying pan or fire. At least we have the opportunity to try to cool down the pan. Shame on us, even though we're not fooled again.
+1 # Nominae 2012-11-10 22:32
@ noitall

Well said. I wish Obama had some slight idea of the number of votes he received from citizens who were biting their tongues until the blood ran down their throats, just to avoid turning the "keys" over to Romney.

Although, of course, as a lame duck, Obama need never care about the voter again, if, in fact, he ever did !
+11 # wwway 2012-11-10 13:24
How much gets done the next 4 years depends on us! I'm hoping Americans won't loose their nerve and resolve like they did in 2010. The fact that so many chose to sit out this election again calls our will into question. A lot of folks thinks politics ends with the election and that the president can wave a magic wand.
Obama believes in process and democracy is a process that ensures the people get the government they deserve. We're "fired up" but are we "ready to go?" The real work started 4 days ago.
+8 # noitall 2012-11-10 14:17
Unless the People SEARCH for news from independent sources of current happenings and actions by our so-called leaders, how will they know what is needed to be "demanded" and what is the basis for them getting "fired up"? If all Obama did was tune up the 4th estate, that would be a gift of Democracy to the United States.
+4 # Nominae 2012-11-10 22:34
@ noitall

Obama would, of course, have to purchase the U.S. Media back from it's Four Corporate Owners first.
-7 # joedeane 2012-11-10 14:08
You must be an idiot to think this con will keep his false promises. Do you think progressives are corporations that keep the Democrats in bucks?
0 # noitall 2012-11-10 14:19
Come on, ya cheep bastids, throw something into the RSN hat!
+13 # Street Level 2012-11-10 14:38
Start with the Farm Bill of 2012!

We have to make sure that GMO's in the Farm Bill get stripped out. The Farm Bill will not only fast track GMO's but will limit research to the USDA and further back door loop holes would allow the unleashing of GMO's, reviewed or not.

As far as I can determine, the farm bill has not been approved yet so there's still time to up the pressure opposing the bio-tech rider.
+3 # wwway 2012-11-10 17:43
Eliminating corporate farm subsidies is in the Democrat's proposed least the Progressive Democrats budget. The Caucus is large and loud. Join us!
+1 # Street Level 2012-11-10 23:59
Where do I sign? It's sickening how the President lined his cabinet with Monsanto including the Supreme Court with Kagan, a Monsanto sympathizer.
+10 # Kathymoi 2012-11-10 15:07
I think your predictions of what would happen if gmo labelling were mandatory is a bit optimistic. I think there are a lot of people who look only at the price on the package and nothing else. But I couldn't agree more that labelling needs to be made mandatory throughout the US so that those of us who want to know, can know. How do you know, for instance, if the "wild caught" salmon in the grocery store is a genetically engineered fish?? I want to know. For me, the ideal law would be to outlaw genetic engineering of food. If the corporations who patent gmo's could be sued by conventional and organic farmers when the gmo pollen contaminates natural crops, that would put the brakes on gmo production. Even if it were the farmer growing gmo crops who could be sued for contaminating neighbors' crops, it would help. Labelling is only one step that needs to be taken. It's not the only step.
+2 # Helen 2012-11-10 17:04
Does anyone know the answer to this question? If products made only with foods NOT genetically modified were labeled NO GMOs, would this be in any way unlawful? That way at least we consumers could make our own decisions.
+2 # Street Level 2012-11-10 19:44
Out here in California I have seen packages that state that they do not contain GMO's but you pretty much have to trust the mfgr on that if you don't know them.
The purpose of The Non-GMO Project is for consumers and mfgr's to enroll their products for testing and be verified and thus earn a "Non-GMO Verified" label.
Vermont was threatened with suit after a dairyman labeled his milk "does not contain rBGH" on the basis of violating Monsanto's right to "not speak" (go figure)but Vermont backed down in the face of costly litigation and a corporation owned court system.
+4 # Nominae 2012-11-10 22:56
@ Street Level

Totally correct ! Vermont geared up to back this farmer, and, by extension, the rest of their State-wide Dairy Industry, until Monsanto threatened in writing to sue the entire *State* of Vermont.

Presumably because the entire Treasury of the State of Vermont contains less revenue than the petty cash drawer at Monsanto, the State of Vermont backed down.

Too bad. Vermont is one of the few places left in the U.S. that will at least flip Monsanto the bird in public, even if Vermont can't afford to back it up with action.

To those who recommend revocation of The U.S. Corporate Charter for these monsters, that won't make them skip a beat. They will just pop right back up reincorporated out of Barbados or some such, and then keep right on keepin' on !
It's a Global Marketplace.

GMO is out-right banned in many European markets, and where it is NOT banned, it is EVERYWHERE (in Europe)required to be labeled. If labeling can be done in Europe, don't fall for corporate bullsh*t claiming that "it can't be done" here.

And, for all it's good intentions, Prop 37 would *not* have addressed meats from animals fed GMO crops, which will naturally affect the meats from these same animals. Those meats are *STILL* being marketed as "natural".
+1 # pdjmoo 2012-11-10 20:21
The problem is the Big Food Biotech Lobbies who own Washington:
The Organic Watergate: Alarming Report Reveals USDA's Cozy Relationship with Corporate Agribusinesses in 'Organics'

BUYING UP THE OPPOSITION: Giant agri-food corporations are gobbling up most of the nation’s $30 BILLION yearly organic food industry
+8 # pdjmoo 2012-11-10 17:16
We should all know the side Obama is on and what has been going on behind the scenes during the past 4 years:

Which Side is The Obama Adminstration On? - USDA Watch

The Organic Watergate: Alarming Report Reveals USDA's Cozy Relationship with Corporate Agribusinesses in 'Organics'

Obama Urged to Eliminate Control Biotech Companies Have Over US Regulatory Process

Obama seeks to aggressively promote biotechnology, reducing approval times, independent peer review

Why the US FDA is still following a 20 Year Old Policy That Keeps Americans in the Dark About Their Food

USA and Obama Pushes GM Foods on Ghana, Africa - Is Monsanto Running the US Govt USDA and FDA?

+3 # Nominae 2012-11-10 22:59
@ pdjmoo

Thank you SO much for this invaluable data.

"Know Thy Enemy".

Thanks for empowering the readership with such potent intelligence data and "ammo"!
+2 # Smokey 2012-11-10 18:24
Obama comment on GMO labels? Gosh, we'll be lucky if he talks about climate change. He's not eager to move.

America is caught in an economic crisis. Millions of Americans are unemployed and the number dependent on "food stamps" has gone to record heights. In the midst of this mess, please acknowledge the problems of poverty and malnutrition. Romney and Gingrick like to laugh about the 47% and "food stamps nation." Try to get beyond their nastiness and into something useful. Feed the hungry.
+1 # Nominae 2012-11-10 23:01
@ Smokey

Well put. I would only add "Feed the hungry with actual food, not FDA approved piles of poison in a vegetable fiber delivery system.
0 # Charlie Peters 2012-11-10 18:49
Can you check your home water for GMO fuel ethanol?

Ethanol may be the largest volume chemical produced in the US

Water may hold any volume of GMO fuel but does anyone check?
+1 # Nominae 2012-11-10 23:16
@ Charlie Peters

Yes you can. Find places in your area that do water analysis. They have mail-able water containers available at a small cost.

You then fill said container with water from your tap, and mail it ASAP to your nearest State Lab, University Lab, Independent Lab, or (as I did in Wyoming) even to an Oil Company Lab (just for result comparisons).

If you tell the Lab exactly what you are looking for, they can test specifically for that substance, and save you money on broad spectrum tests looking for all kinds of things in which you may have no interest.

I had them testing for Uranium content. When I got the results back from three separate labs, I was pleased (and surprised) to see that all three labs (including the Oil Company Lab) agreed upon the outrageously high Uranium content in our family ranch drinking water.

The whole thing was very inexpensive, and the knowledge and power that it brought was invaluable ! Such that, when the gas fracking boys came roaring into the region, we just preemptively moved off of a 10 Sq. mile ranch that had been in our family for four generations.
0 # Nominae 2012-11-11 06:32
@ Charlie Peters

I wrote a detailed list of instructions regarding the way to have your water checked. RSN has as yet to print it, even though they have graciously and faithfully printed all of my other entries in this string.

Curious, too, because there was definitely no "vitriol" involved, just straight-forwar d directions.

Although I *did* "dis" the Fracking Boys a bit. Very curious. Kind of makes me wonder.
0 # Nominae 2012-11-12 07:11

O.K.,guys, Mea Culpa. I see that you did print the entry after I wrote the above, so my thanks, and my apologies.
+5 # Human Right 2012-11-10 18:52
Four years ago we voted for Obama & change
What they got was a president who took the entire defense department bureaucracy of a previously discredited administration into his administration inclusive of the Generals, Secretary of Defense and all the rest ( this has never happened before); then gave us more phony war. While president Obama was receiving the “Nobel Peace prize” he simultaneously and successfully defended the architect of torture in a San Francisco federal court. In addition, he sidetracked attempts of the ACLU to remove the illegal overseas prisons and never gave even a feeble attempt to close the infamous Guantanamo prison. He has never tried to return our revered habeas corpus or remove the immoral, illegal, Patriot Act. As this is written he has placed ill advised military intimidation and economic sanctions over innocent Iranian people and continues to fund the illegal Zionist settlers three generations removed from WWII, (many from New York) in the Middle East. Recently Obama signed a law (National Defense Authorization Act) making the “Patriot Act” permanent and the USA is now officially a military/police state with the habeas corpus long gone.
0 # Charlie Peters 2012-11-10 19:52
Audit the fed, support HR 459 Paul & S 202 Paul
0 # Charlie Peters 2012-11-10 18:53
Is BP in the GMO fuel business, Does the administration help by funding BP research?

Should you check your water for GMO fuel ethanol? 510-537-1796
+2 # WolfTotem 2012-11-11 01:44

If citizenship is to be worth anything, it's up to citizens to find ways of resisting corporate tyranny - before it's too late. And it may already be too late to outlobby the lobbies, regardless of which Administration' s in power!

If you're unemployed or underemployed, use the time to network and seek new forms of practical resistance. The Vermont case shows what citizens are up against. And the need to barack Barack and recruit tough, deeply committed and incorruptible lawyers, politicians and professionals to the cause.

If any still exist... Shame all those who sympathize into joining up! Work on and with Senators Warren, Sanders and others, to get results!

THE BIG QUESTION: Are we still citizens or are we just corporate-owned human cattle, to be fed whatever BIG AG wants to pour in the trough?

If we care for our freedom and our health, if we care for our very lives, there's no choice: ORGANIZE and RESIST!
0 # MichaelSSmithNJ 2012-11-11 13:36
Well I would think that there are more important thing on his plate like getting the unemployment rate down. To Mr. Douglas Jack I did not get to the top of the food chain to eat plants. The fact is that eating meat is one of the main reason that the human had developed meat eating animals have to be smarter also eatin meat is more efficient because mat eaters do not have to be eating all time like herbavoires
+3 # abaconw48026 2012-11-11 16:11
the problem, Michael, is that you are eating what the animal eats. Mad cow disease is one example which comes to mind where the cows ate something which in turn was in the meat taken from other animals, causing problems in those who ate the meat. If you eat a cow which has eaten GMO products and in time it is found that those products are unsafe to eat, you have eaten GMO products without knowing that. Any studies of GMO products have resulted in those products being banned in many other countries yet Montsanto and other companies would have us eat those products first before finding what we may risk, just as PCB products were used until the risks were discovered. Warnings should be on packaging so that you know that you are eating meat and not toxins in that meat by virtue of what the animal ate during its lifetime.
0 # Douglas Jack 2012-11-11 14:30
Michael, You might call bringing life on earth to the brink of extinction for the greed of a few or 60% obesity rate among Americans "smart", but I'd rather consider evidence-based science. A system which risks toxins such as GMO's without developing adequate studies can't be called intelligent but a case of "What goes around, comes around". I've been vegetarian for over 40 years, vegan for 24 & 80% raw for 15, so at 60 years now, I can compare my performance as an athlete & intellect. As almost one billion other humans, we point with pride for our sustainable ecological footprint, making a positive difference with or without government & corporate involvement. We are leaders not followers enjoying:
1) The ability to understand & productively engage whole systems comes through: concert of heart-mind, mutual-aid, compassion & complementary strategies.
2) Effective, balanced & abundant nutrient processing by our bodies across all categories of: protein, minerals, vitamins, enzymes & phytonutrients from plants at much less expense.
3) Plant essential oils feeding thousands of important body processes without the clogging reality of animal fats.
4) As part of the animal kingdom, primates & humans are seed carriers with an important complementary role in the science & intelligence of life.
0 # mar 2012-11-11 21:57
I think Michele Obama should take on the GMO issue. She needs to educate the entire population of this Earth! We are trying to cure cancers while the other entity is creating more health issues which results in higher health costs. If all of the pics I have seen of lab mice and deformed beef are real and the articles are correct, this is a no brainer. Or have we have gotten into population control where ultrarich fittists survive.
0 # abaconw48026 2012-11-11 23:23
Mar, with so many trying to hide the facts about the GMO issues, the "ultrarich fittists" may have a problem surviving as well but they will be able to afford better coffins. The biggest problem I have with the GMO issue is that we may well eat GMO foods only to find out later the downside as happened in the case with PCB. We might depend upon the government to help protect us but one group, the FDA, delayed approval of one drug for years, causing in excess of 30,000 avoidable deaths. The current issue of Life Extension magazine has more about that and other articles to improve life as we know it, but we have a problem when a magazine has better medical information than many doctors and pharmacists by virtue of the vast number of medical contributors and the 30 some years the Life Extension group has been looking into the questions regarding life extension.
0 # Nominae 2012-11-12 07:24
@ abaconw48026

Agreed, and in addition to using PCBs, until it was *way* late in the game, do not forget the use of lead-based paints, asbestos and tobacco products.

Even worse, the manufacturers of the above-listed products *continued* to market and profit from them *long* after said manufacturers were *fully* aware of the health dangers involved.

Never think that Big Oil, Big Ag, Big Chem, Big Pharma or Big Business in general, for even one second, places human life and health before profits.

And, in the business model for Big Pharma, the "name of the game" is to make you and your children sick, and to keep you sick for the rest of your life.

Nothin' personal, Folks, just business.

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