The USDA’s long-awaited GMO label is here, and it’s not what you were expecting.
Two years ago, President Obama signed a Senate bill into law that mandated labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food, an effort made, in part, to pre-empt the patchwork of state-level labeling laws being passed in states like Vermont. Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency charged with enforcing the standard, at last released a draft of the proposed rule—which means we’re about get a sense of what the new era of GMO labeling is going to look like in practice.
On its surface, the rule is intended to reduce the consumer confusion that abounds when it comes to GMOs. But guess what? As currently written, it may actually make things worse.
Here’s what the proposed rule is not: a bill that informs consumers about whether or not GMO ingredients are healthy or safe.