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USDA bioengineered labelsDear Patty,

Mumble jumble, pretty pictures, more delays and, as our friends at Food Revolution Network put it, “so full of loopholes you could drive a truckload of Roundup through it.”

That pretty much sums up the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) big ideas for how food companies should label GMOs.

TAKE ACTION BY JULY 3: Tell the USDA: Consumers Want Clear GMO Labels on ALL GMO Foods

For years, you’ve fought side-by-side with us for the basic right to know if your food contains genetically engineered ingredients.

When Congress scrambled to preempt Vermont’s strong state GMO labeling law with its weak, industry-friendly federal “solution,” we called it the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act—because that’s what it was intended to do.

Now the USDA is writing the rules for that law, and sure enough, those rules create multiple ways for food companies to keep consumers in the dark about the GMOs in their food.

The USDA has even proposed that companies use the unfamiliar term “bioengineered” (BE) rather than terms that food companies know consumers understand—like “genetically engineered” (GE) and “genetically modified organism” (GMO).

We say “BE” is B.S.! And so are the QR codes and smiley faces the USDA wants to let food companies hide behind.

Please take action by July 3  to let the USDA know that consumers want a real, meaningful GMO labeling law. 

Thank you!

Katherine, for the OCA team

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