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USDA’s Proposed GMO Labels: Don’t Let it BE!
   
The long-awaited draft rules for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods are here.
    
Unfortunately, they fall far short of the clear, direct labeling consumers want and will continue to keep the public in the dark unless you take action today!
    
You can comment on what form the labels should take (a QR code, a phone number, text on the label, or a symbol) and what that label should look like.
    
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing a misleading rebranding of genetically engineered food by calling them BE or bioengineered and the use of symbols such as bright sunshiny smiley faces, in an attempt to convince people that genetically engineered foods are something they should want to buy.
   
They are also proposing to exempt “highly refined” GE products such as sugars and oils. This would mean that about 70 percent of GE products would not be labeled!
    
No matter what you think of genetic engineering’s use in agriculture, the USDA is supposed to be value neutral. In fact, the marketing for USDA organic cannot be overly positive for fear that may give consumers the impression it is better than conventional. The USDA should not promote genetically engineered foods.

Go to regulations.gov today and type in "National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard". Confirm the docket # AMS-TM-17-0050 and click on the blue Comment Now box. 
      
   
Tell the USDA to use words or symbols that are clear and simple that cover all GE products:
We only have until July 3 to get comments in. Don’t wait, please comment today!

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