Sellout Senate Pushes Compromised GMO Bill
Another win for ‘big food’ as a water downed version of the GMO labeling bill easily passed the Senate according to this McClatchy report:
A compromise bill that would create the first nationwide labeling standard for genetically modified foods cleared a major hurdle Wednesday as Senators voted 65-32 to proceed to final debate.
Negotiated between Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, and Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the bill would require producers to identify foods that contain genetically modified ingredients with text on packages, a symbol or a link to a website with a bar code that can be scanned by a smartphone.
The bill has drawn fierce opposition from consumer advocates, who complain that it contains too many loopholes and zero consequences for companies that fail to properly label their products. They argue that the labels wouldn’t be easily recognizable for consumers and the bill’s narrow definition of bioengineering could exclude refined sugars, soybean oils and many other products made from genetically modified crops.
Wednesday’s procedural vote was interrupted briefly by anti-GMO protesters in the visitors’ gallery who shouted, “It’s a corporate bill,” and threw what appeared to be dollar bills onto the Senate floor.
The margin of victory indicates the bill easily will win the simple majority needed to pass this week after debate.
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