GMA Forms US Coalition to Destroy State GMO Labeling Bills

Posted on Feb 7 2014 - 12:26am by Sustainable Pulse

The US Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced Thursday the formation of one of the largest ever food and biotech industry coalitions, in a press release that can be seen below. The aim of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is to force the US Congress to pass a Federal GMO Labeling Bill, taking away the democratic right of the people of the US to vote for GMO labeling in State votes.

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Sustainable Pulse Director, Henry Rowlands, has described the GMA coalition’s attempt to stop US States from deciding for themselves on whether they want GMO labeling as an “open attack on democracy in the US”.

The federal bill that the GMA and partners are now officially pushing for will only allow GMO labeling if the FDA determines there is a health, safety or nutrition issue with an ingredient derived from a GMO.

Contact Claire Parker, Coalition for Safe Affordable Food Press Office, (US) 703-888-9395, [email protected] to make your feelings known.

GMA Press Release (06/02/2014)

Broad-Based Coalition Launched to Advocate for Congressional Action on a Federal GMO Labeling Solution

Legislation Needed to Protect Consumers by Eliminating Confusion and Advancing Food Safety

American farmers and representatives from a diverse group of almost thirty industry and non-governmental organizations today announced the formation of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food and urged Congress to quickly seek a federal solution that would establish standards for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

“American families deserve safe, abundant and affordable food,” said Martin Barbre, President of the National Corn Growers. “And America’s farmers rely on this proven technology to protect crops from insects, weeds and drought, enabling us to deliver on that promise and to do so through sustainable means. A federal solution on GMO labeling will bolster consumer confidence in the safety of American food by reaffirming the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) role as the nation’s foremost authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.”

A federal GMO labeling solution is needed that will protect consumers and ensure the safety of food ingredients made through the use of modern agricultural biotechnology:

• Eliminate Confusion: Remove the confusion and uncertainty of a 50 state patchwork of GMO safety and labeling laws and affirm the FDA as the nation’s authority for the use and labeling of genetically modified food ingredients.

• Advance Food Safety: Require the FDA to conduct a safety review of all new GMO traits before they are introduced into commerce. FDA will be empowered to mandate the labeling of GMO food ingredients if the agency determines there is a health, safety or nutrition issue with an ingredient derived from a GMO.

• Inform Consumers: The FDA will establish federal standards for companies that want to voluntarily label their product for the absence-of or presence-of GMO food ingredients so that consumers clearly understand their choices in the marketplace.

• Provide Consistency: The FDA will define the term “natural” for its use on food and beverage products so that food and beverage companies and consumers have a consistent legal framework that will guide food labels and inform consumer choice.

“Foods made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) are safe and have a number of important benefits for people and our planet,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. “Our nation’s food safety and labeling laws should not be set by political campaigns or state and local legislatures, but by the FDA, the nation’s foremost food safety agency.

“GMO technology has fostered a revolution in American agriculture that has benefitted consumers in the United States and around the world. And with global population expected to grow from seven to nine billion by 2050, we will need 70% more food production to keep pace. A federal GMO labeling solution will provide a framework for the safe and continued use of technology that is essential to the future of our planet.”

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is dedicated to providing policy makers, media, consumers and all stakeholders with the facts about ingredients grown through GM technology. We are also an advocate for common sense policy solutions that will only further enhance the safety of the GM crops and protect the vital role they play in today’s modern global food supply chain. The coalition is comprised of American farmers and representatives from a diverse group of industry and non-governmental organizations.

Coalition Members

1. AACC International/ American Phytopathological Society
2. American Bakers Association
3. American Beverage Association
4. American Farm Bureau Federation
5. American Feed Industry Association
6. American Frozen Food Institute
7. American Seed Trade Association
8. American Soybean Association
9. American Sugarbeet Growers Association
10. Biotechnology Industry Organization
11. Corn Refiners Association
12. Council for Responsible Nutrition
13. Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association
14. Global Cold Chain Alliance
15. Grocery Manufacturers Association
16. International Dairy Foods Association
17. National Association of Manufacturers
18. National Association of Wheat Growers
19. National Confectioners Association
20. National Corn Growers Association
21. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
22. National Grain & Feed Association
23. National Fisheries Institute
24. National Oilseed Processors Association
25. National Restaurant Association
26. National Turkey Federation
27. North American Millers Association
28. Snack Food Association
29. U.S. Beet Sugar Association

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4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Angela February 7, 2014 at 01:57 - Reply

    I am aghast. They are making it sound as if they are doing the American people a favor by instituting a federal law to label GMO, but they leave it up to the FDA which has been infiltrated by Monsanto (Michael Taylor), furthermore, only labeling GMO if the FDA deems it necessary. Criminal.

    How on God’s Green Earth (not green for much longer if this keeps up) do we get rid of the corporate hold on government policy?

  2. Jessica Denning February 7, 2014 at 02:22 - Reply

    Coalition Members- a who’s who of junk foods. If it is so good, label it and don’t be ashamed of what you put in it!!!

    1. AACC International/ American Phytopathological Society
    2. American Bakers Association
    3. American Beverage Association
    4. American Farm Bureau Federation
    5. American Feed Industry Association
    6. American Frozen Food Institute
    7. American Seed Trade Association
    8. American Soybean Association
    9. American Sugarbeet Growers Association
    10. Biotechnology Industry Organization
    11. Corn Refiners Association
    12. Council for Responsible Nutrition
    13. Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association
    14. Global Cold Chain Alliance
    15. Grocery Manufacturers Association
    16. International Dairy Foods Association
    17. National Association of Manufacturers
    18. National Association of Wheat Growers
    19. National Confectioners Association
    20. National Corn Growers Association
    21. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
    22. National Grain & Feed Association
    23. National Fisheries Institute
    24. National Oilseed Processors Association
    25. National Restaurant Association
    26. National Turkey Federation
    27. North American Millers Association
    28. Snack Food Association
    29. U.S. Beet Sugar Association

  3. doug February 7, 2014 at 08:09 - Reply

    The GMA has one agenda and one agenda only: To keep the status quo and continue to lie to consumers. MONEY.

  4. Dr. K February 12, 2014 at 23:05 - Reply

    The FDA has failed the United States citizenry with its corruption and constant pandering to industry interests over American interests, as if they are one and the same (THEY OFTEN ARE NOT, LIKE IN THIS CASE)

    The GMO open air experiment on the human food supply, done without controls or consent over two and a half decades, is both immoral and unethical, and needs to STOP. If these ‘products’ are any good, label em’ and let the marketplace decide.

    Above all, STOP PANDERING TO INDUSTRY INTERESTS AND SELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. The corruption at FDA NEEDS TO STOP.

    Just for once, could you do the right thing?

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