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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Why a Federal GMO Labeling Law Could Be Worthless

They don’t want you to know what goes into your “food.”

Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton

Prop 37 – which aimed to mandate GMO food labels in California– was a big showdown battle where mounting public concern was ultimately defeated by the power of big industry money. The momentum for labeling genetically modified ingredients, and bringing about greater food transparency is being co-opted by Big Organic players meeting at the table with the biggest biotech and Big Food corporations.

These opposing sides have planned a compromise around a federal GMO labeling scheme that likely will lack teeth and render useless any state-level labeling laws that would put in place real restrictions. Melissa Melton and Aaron Dykes give examples of countries where labeling laws are circumvented by loopholes that require only soy and corn to be labeled, while letting slip through oils and other combination frankenfoods.

The infiltration and takeover of regulatory agencies and policy making engines in government, along with legal prowess to write exemptions and loopholes, has allowed the major biotech corps – including Monsanto – to flip the idea of a food regulators on its head and convert watchdogs into collaborators who aid in funding and approving GM crops, as well as give cover to keep the public in the dark about what is transpiring behind the scenes with food.

AARON DYKES AND MELISSA MELTON created, where this article first appeared, as an outlet to examine the news, place it in a broader context, uncover the deceptions, pierce through the fabric of illusions, grasp the underlying factors, know the real enemy, unshackle from the system, and begin to imagine the path towards taking back our lives, one step at a time, so that one day we might truly be free...

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