The bill that passed through Congress is terrible and will not result in any meaningful labeling of genetically engineered foods. The media keeps referring to this as a national mandatory GMO labeling law, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
This sham bill immediately pre-empts state GMO labeling laws and will allow companies to use QR codes, 800 numbers and websites to disclose GMO ingredient information. The bill has so many loopholes that, according to the FDA, many products that come from genetically engineered crops will not be labeled.
Vermont's GMO labeling law — the first of its kind in the country — went into effect on July 1. Many of us around the country are seeing products with GMO labeling showing up in grocery stores, and we will continue to see those unless this bill is signed into law by President Obama.
President Obama made a campaign promise in 2007 to seek mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. We must hold him to that promise, and the clock is ticking.