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Tuesday 01/07/14

Food Groups Push Federal Biotech Labeling Law
An article Tuesday in Politico reported some of the nation's biggest food lobbies, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, have drafted a bill that would prevent states from creating their own biotech labeling laws. Instead, the food industry wants the Food and Drug Administration to take on a bigger role in biotech oversight and would create standards for labeling food as "GMO-free."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:55PM CST 01/07/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (4)
Chris: Thank you for this information. I do not want to take a position in this comment on the efficacy of GMOs. However, I will say this - once food is labeled "Contains GMO" or "Contains No GMO," then consumers will start to react, over time anyway. If the labeling goes through, I believe GMOs could go the way of BGH. At this point, I know that Kroger, Meijer, and other suppliers in my area of Ohio have removed BGH from all of their dairy products. Chris, consumers vote with their dollars and their feet, and I am telling you, once GMO labeling begins, there will be a gradual phase-out of GMOs. I know too many people, well informed or not, well-intentioned or not, who are avoiding GMOs. The labeling of such will be the beginning of their demise.
Posted by tom vogel at 7:41AM CST 01/08/14
I find it comforting that food corporations rather than being up front and honest with consumers would rather once again game the system. Then they wonder why they have to spend so much money on marketing or have terrible public relation numbers. They constantly have to worry that the public may get wise.
Posted by ron shepard at 9:35AM CST 01/08/14
tom shows the problem that is out there with the public with what is really going on in the ag scientific area. I'm sure he means rBGH otherwise there are a lot of cows getting their pituitary gland removed. What comes to mind is the nitrates in bacon or ammonium hydroxide in LFTB and the furor they caused. Bacon is as popular as ever and if you look on the ingredient chart of a lot of products and not buy any with ammonium hydroxide in it, you are going to be missing a lot of groceries. I think it would be best to spend all the funding fighting the labeling laws and spend it in educational areas. If the GMO free food costs much more than that with GMO is going to have more to do with its success or not.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 9:36AM CST 01/08/14
That is correct, Craig. Thank you for the clarification. I just know it as the Bovine Growth Hormone. Shows how much I know about dairy.
Posted by tom vogel at 9:56PM CST 01/08/14
 

Monday 01/06/14

Farm Bill Conference Meeting Possibe
Thursday has been circled on the calendar since the House of Representatives left down Dec. 13. With the House returning to session on Tuesday, it's expected that the farm-bill conference leaders could call a Thursday meeting for the full group of conferees.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:04PM CST 01/06/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
Dear W Kester, Not sure if you know it but when people see things like you post, they know it is from a pedantic blowhard and just scroll down past you rant. Does ANYONE read all, or any, of Kesters posts? Which reminds me, Jay, still out there? And where?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:52AM CST 01/07/14
By the wording of Mr W., you know he is not a farmer and this is a statement written by the ewg or heritage which no one really cares about anyway.
Posted by Cypt Frms at 3:07PM CST 01/07/14
Fortunately for smaller farmers payment limitations are still an unresolved issue. See http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/agriculture/194858-dairy-fight-could-hold-up-farm-bill-conference
Posted by W Kuster at 6:57PM CST 01/08/14
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