One of the first steps to avoiding genetically engineered foods and ingredients is to know where they may be lurking at the grocery store.
But here in the United States, where Monsanto supporters reign supreme and have worked their way into top U.S. government posts, including the Secretary of State recently, it seems as if no amount of hard work can overcome and help change the current system, in which consumers are kept in the dark.
With new GMO labels on the horizon that appear to be a clear gift and handout to the GMO industry, Bayer and Monsanto, it goes without saying that natural and organic food advocates weren’t expecting much from the current admnistration.
But what the Trump administration just proposed could make “knowing if it’s GMO” even harder than ever before.
New Loopholes Could Exempt 1 of 6 GMO Foods From Labels
According to the Environmental Working Group, one of six GMO foods will be exempt from labeling if new loopholes proposed by the current administration come to pass, including foods that contain GMO oils like canola, soybeans, corn and many more.
The analysis comes on the heels of the announcement of the new labels, which look like a clear gift to the Biotech industry and Bayer/Monsanto, with cheerful looking logos that purposely confuse customers.
The proposed new rules in question will exempt foods produced with GMOs if the food products contain highly refined GMO sugars and oils, an EWG analysis said. In total, over 105,000 food products in the organization’s food database were analyzed, and it was estimated that roughly 67,111 of them contain at least one GMO ingredient.
Of these products, as many as 58,377, or 87 percent, contain a highly refined sugar or oil that is most likely made through the process of genetic engineering. Finally, 10,889 contain a highly refined sugar or oil that is likely produced with GMOs, therefore exempting them from the new labeling requirement.
Products with less than 5 percent GMO ingredients by weight also would be exempt according to the EWG report.
In addition, the number of exempt products could be even higher than originally thought, the report continued, because many foods contain thickeners, emulsifiers, preservatives and other agents that don’t necessarily weigh a whole lot but still add greatly to the overall GMO content in the product.
In other words, tens of thousands of foods that are highly processed and stuffed full of GMO foodstuffs could potentially escape labeling, confusing consumers even more and making true discernment a near impossibility for the consumer.
How to Make a Difference and Save GMO Labeling
The Department of Agriculture is still accepting comments on the draft rule until tomorrow (July 3), but after that it’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not even an ounce of common sense will come into play in regards to these new labels.
It would stand to reason that a simple label for any and all foods that contain GMOs would be enough, but it’s been clear from the beginning that this administration is once again hell bent on protecting the interests of Bayer and Monsanto, rather than upholding the will of the people.
Even if the labels do pass as expected, we can continue to raise awareness by sharing articles and posts on social media, informing our friends, and voting with our wallets and supporting local farmers.
The goal is to make organic and non-GMO food the norm, the way it was a few short decades ago before chronic disease enveloped the U.S. population and bees and butterflies began dying off in droves.
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