A Treacherous Road Ahead for Food Labeling?
For consumers and the anti-GMO movement, 2014 could be a year of treacherous twists and turns.
Will the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to make a legal ruling, allowing food companies to officially call products that contain genetically engineered ingredients “natural”?
Will the FDA finalize its guidance on voluntary GMO labeling and effectively wipe out states’ rights to pass mandatory GMO labeling laws? Alternatively, will the FDA—the agency charged with protecting consumers—pass a watered-down, industry-friendly mandatory GMO labeling law that exempts a huge percentage of genetically engineered ingredients?
Or will consumers and food activists rev up new campaigns to pass not only GMO labeling laws, but more countywide bans on GMO crops? And laws requiring labels on animal products from factory farms, where the animals are fed a steady diet of GMO crops, growth hormones and antibiotic-laced feed?
Read Ronnie’s essay: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_28998.cfm