Countries around the world have banned or restricted the production of GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”), because they have not been adequately tested and proven safe for human consumption. In the European Union GMO food labeling has been in effect since 1997.
The Obama Administration, however, recently appointed former Monsanto lobbyist, Islam Siddiqui, as the country’s chief agricultural negotiator. Monsanto is the leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed.
The USDA and FDA are claiming that the labeling of GM/GE products is “false, misleading, or deceptive.” and could “suggest or imply that GM/GE foods are different from other foods.”
Now, the Administration intends to prevent GM/GE labeling worldwide. Obama is sending officials to the May 3rd meeting of Codex, the United Nations body that sets food labeling rules for international trade, and will urge them to adopt the same position.
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