According to reports, Monsanto has convinced Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to push for a rider to the end-of-year appropriations bill. The rider would keep corporations from having to label GMOs.
We also learned today that the FDA has approved GMO salmon. Alaska is the only state that has a law in place to require labels on GMO salmon.
Sen. Stabenow's rider probably won't preempt labels on GMO salmon because it's an animal, not a plant. But the rider will make it impossible for states or the FDA to require labels on foods containing GMOs derived from plants.
We will do everything in our power to stop this rider, or any last-ditch effort to stomp out GMO labeling laws. If we fail, we will ramp up the largest Big Food Boycott in history.
Sources told PoliticoPro that Stabenow wants to preempt states from enacting their own GMO labeling laws, before Vermont's law takes effect in July. Under her plan, according to PoliticoPro, Stabenow's bill would "sunset" after an unspecified period of time, unless corporations come up with a voluntary, not mandatory, labeling scheme.
How will Sen. Stabenow convince her fellow Senators to pass a law that is opposed by 90 percent of Americans? By forcing Congress, and the President, to either support the legislation—or risk shutting down the government.
It's blackmail, pure and simple. Brought to you by Monsanto, Big Food and the politicians who represent their interests, not yours.
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