Feds on GMO Labeling: Don’t Tell, Don’t Ask

The policy is a direct carry-over from the Bush years. Want fries with that “change?”

By Barry Estabrook, The Atlantic
Posted on April 28, 2010, Printed on May 11, 2010

If you were hoping there might be some change in the U.S. government’s official position on genetically modified and genetically engineered (GM/GE) foods under the Obama administration, tough luck.

Last month there was the appointment of big-time GM/GE advocate (and former Monsanto lobbyist) Islam Siddiqui to Office of the United States Trade Representative as the country’s chief agricultural negotiator. Now comes a position paper from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that opposes labeling for genetically modified food. The U.S. claims that letting consumers know whether or not food contains GM/GE products is “false, misleading, or deceptive.”

You read that correctly. In Obama Newspeak, telling the public the truth is false, misleading, or deceptive, while concealing facts is not. Incidentally, the language is identical to that used by previous administrations. How’s that for change?

The policy prompted yowls of outrage form more than 80 organic, environmental, food-production, and public-health groups. They dispatched a letter earlier this week urging Michael Taylor, who is deputy commissioner for foods at the FDA, and Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture, to reconsider (click here for a PDF). “We are concerned that the current U.S. position could potentially create serious problems for food processors in the U.S. who wish to indicate that their products contain no GE ingredients, including on organic food,” the letter said.

Read full post at The Atlantic

6 responses to “Feds on GMO Labeling: Don’t Tell, Don’t Ask

  1. Pingback: The Progressive Mind » Feds on GMO Labeling: Don’t Tell, Don’t Ask « Food Freedom

  2. There’s an interesting article at the Health Journal Club on how researchers in Australia back around year 2000 attempted to create a mouse contraceptive through genetic engineering and ended up, entirely by accident, creating an incredibly lethal version of mousepox (i.e. the mouse version of smallpox). If interested you can read on it here,

    http://healthjournalclub.blogspot.com/2009/11/armageddon-bug.html

    To mix and match genes across genus, phyla and kingdom in self propagating organisms released into the wild is the height of recklessness and hubris.

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