Consumer Advocate Refutes Study Saying GMO Food Is Safe

Source: RT America
May 22, 2016

Consumption of genetically modified food has not harmed human health, according to a new UN report – criticized for its ties to industry. GMO crops are not increasing yields, the report said, but also show no major proof of environmental ruin. Jeffrey Smith, consumer advocate of the Institute for Responsible Technology, joins RT America’s Manila Chan and argues otherwise.

Farmers Can Receive Grants to Move to Organic Farming

Transition will ditch GMOs and toxic chemicals
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Christina Sarich
February 16, 2016

Two Midwestern states in the U.S. are offering farmers three years of support to move to organic crop production. Farmers would ditch GMOs along with their toxic pesticides and herbicides. The aim is to boost acreage of organically-grown crops in the U.S. once the upper Midwest is well on its way to sustainable farming.

North Dakota and Minnesota have both started grant programs. Minnesota led the way in 2013 and North Dakota began its program this year. The grants, ranging from $750 to $1000, help farmers to transition to organic crops. The money can be used for everything from soil testing to education on how to grow food in a sustainable way.

The new programs disallow using chemicals. Farmers who are switching from mainstream to organic farming practices will learn how to grow crops without using chemicals.

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Big Food Trickery? SmartLabels to Act as ‘Real’ GMO Labeling

But This Is Why It Doesn’t Work

Christina Sarich
February 3, 2016

Imagine strolling down your grocery store’s aisles, and you pick up a food that has been packaged with some deceptive labeling that says it is ‘all natural’ or ‘made with wholesome ingredients.’ You want to purchase only healthy, non-GMO food, along with countless others. But the labeling is unclear. This is exactly what the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) wants consumers to feel – lost.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association is a trade association of the food industry, representing the world’s largest branded food, beverage and consumer product companies. It is also largely represents a group of food producers who are against GMO labeling, keep consumers in the dark about what’s in the food.

SmartLabel to Give Food Info, but Bypass GMO Labels

Though making a simple ‘verified, non-GMO’ label appear on every food package would cost about one cent for food manufacturers, they are instead counting on consumers to be too lazy, too busy, or too confused to scan a ‘smartlabel’ – one of the latest techniques used by the industrial agricultural paradigm and mega food companies who don’t want you to know that they are putting genetically modified ingredients in your food. Yeah, they want to incorporate it, but they expect everyone to go around scanning every product in a supermarket? I think not.

The GMA launched their new initiative aimed at “satisfying both consumers and food producers in the fight over whether to label foods with genetically modified ingredients,” but even with 30+ companies of literally thousands agreeing to participate in the SmartLabel initiative, you’ll have to have a smart phone and lots of extra time on your hands to figure out if you’re eating GMOs.

When a consumer scans the QR code on their smart phone, they will be taken to a ‘detailed product information page,’ through Google, Yahoo, or Bing, or be directed to the company’s website. You’ll have to do this for each and every product you are considering purchasing – or you can just purchase products that clearly say non-GMO verified. That is until the GMA finds a way to say that this label, already being used on thousands of products by companies who are not trying to dupe consumers, is somehow unfair. You know that’s coming next.

The idea wouldn’t be a bad one IF it were implemented in addition to GMO labeling and all the other information available on food products. But alas, that is not the case.

The GMA attests that all (30) of these SmartLabel landing pages will be organized in a similar format with a consistent look across products, but it is completely voluntary. By the end of 2017, 20,000 food products are expected to use the QR coding system, but if consumers keep voting with their wallets, about half of those companies will go belly up for trying to keep us from knowing when we are eating toxic food.

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