Trying to Unravel GMO Food Labeling…

Trying to understand the new food labeling laws.

On January 1, 2022 a new food labeling law went into effect. Seems we no longer have Genetically Modified anymore. Instead we now have Bioengineered foods. Sounds a little ominous. None the less this is what our wonderful elected officials decided was the answer to 90% of their constituents…which means 90% of the USA wanted proper food labeling. Obama told us …THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM…That was at the Iwoa cacus and he sold Iwoa and got the nod.

Label to look for

The following is an article from US Right To Know. My commentary will be in italics.

Advocates for consumers’ right to know are suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over new labeling standards for genetically engineered foods that went into effect this week in the U.S. The lawsuit claims the new labeling requirements are confusing and discriminatory; see reporting in The Counter.

The federal law mandates that companies use the term “bioengineered” on labels, and prohibits them from displaying the more commonly used terms GMO or genetically engineered foods. The law also exempts thousands of highly processed foods containing genetically engineered ingredients, and it allows companies to use QR codes that require consumers to scan a barcode with an electronic device to learn if a product contains GMOs. If you think this is BS look here

How biotech crops can crash, and still never fail: In Scientific American, scholars Aniket Aga and Maywa Montenegro describe the serious limitations and ongoing scientific controversies plaguing GMO crops around the world: “a narrow focus on technology to address the complex structural problems of farming and food has an astonishingly poor track record,” they write. “In more than two decades of GM crops’ cultivation, nearly every aspect of GM crop research, development and application has stoked scientific controversy.”

Big biotech’s lobby campaign in Europe: In a new briefing paper, Friends of the Earth Europe reports on the biotech industry’s lobbying efforts to exempt genome-edited foods from safety checks and labeling in the European Union. GMO “patent cartels feed big business not the world,” the group said. “Since the patenting licenses for CRISPR . . . were first made available, one major corporation has been buying up the rights to gate-keep this technology: Corteva” (formerly DowDuPont).

How safe are biolabs? Check out our new web page of Institutional Biosafety Committee meeting minutes. We’ll post more as we get them. You can read more here about the U.S. Right to Know investigation into the origins of Covid-19, the risks of gain-of-function research and mishaps at biolabs.

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More food and public health news of the week

  • What was Monsanto? A new book details the dead company’s all-too living legacy – Mother Jones
  • As its topsoil washes away, the Corn Belt is losing yields, and carbon – Mongabay
  • John Deere’s self-driving tractor stirs debate on AI in farming — Wired 
  • The Disinformation Chronicle highlights of 2021 – Disinformation Chronicle 
  • How bad are plastics really? Plastic production just keeps expanding, and now is becoming a driving cause of climate change – The Atlantic   
  • plastic has become as big an issue as the suddenly devloped mask issue filling up our oceans and waterways.It has been stated that 1.56 million COVID-19 masks are washed ashore around the world everyday.
  • Transitioning the chemical industry: The case for addressing the climate, toxics, and plastics crises — Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 
  • Organic dairy farmers in the Northeast face trouble as milk processors look to huge dairies in Western states. — New York Times
  • Minnesota’s cleaned-up lakes and rivers show path forward for polluted waters – St. Louis Star Tribune 

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Thanks to USRTK for letting us use their article to bring to light all the hard work they do and to inform the public the hazards that sit on the grocery store shelves just waiting for you to take them home to feed you children.

Remember folks, schools no longer teach about Holodomor. Sad, because all the indicators of  this type of event are playing out in real time. Paying farmers to destroy food, supply chain issues. Small independant farmers being squeezed out of existance. Mass Formation Psychosis developing right before our eyes. Political parties subjugating the population, spliting us into groups that must hate each other because we think differently. They are poisoning the food, land, water and air we breath. May I also suggest if you’d like to get an indepth look at what has happened to farming in the USA and around the world get Carey Gillams book White Wash;The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, here is an exerpt.

It’s the pesticide on our dinner plates, a chemical so pervasive it’s in the air we breathe, our water, our soil, and even found increasingly in our own bodies. Known as Monsanto’s Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world’s most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. For decades it’s been touted as safe enough to drink, but a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying the chemical to cancers and a host of other health threats.

In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture, exposing new evidence of corporate influence. Gillam introduces readers to farm families devastated by cancers which they believe are caused by the chemical, and to scientists whose reputations have been smeared for publishing research that contradicted business interests. Readers learn about the arm-twisting of regulators who signed off on the chemical, echoing company assurances of safety even as they permitted higher residues of the pesticide in food and skipped compliance tests. And, in startling detail, Gillam reveals secret industry communications that pull back the curtain on corporate efforts to manipulate public perception.

It is definitely worth the read.

Until Next Time…

Happy Gardening…

Aaron Aveiro