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Over 94% of Americans Want MANDATORY GMO Labeling, New Poll Shows

The mandatory labeling of foods containing GMOs (genetically  modified organism) is a right afforded to residents of over 60 countries around the world.

But in the United States, the House of Representatives just voted to ban mandatory GMO labeling with with the passing of a misleading “Safe and Accurate” GMO labeling bill HR1599, dubbed the DARK Act by food freedom activists who want to know what’s really in their food.

The bill would actually do away with many important initiatives such as the Non-GMO Verfication Project and ban states from enacting their own citizen-driven plans to require mandatory labels, at a time when interest is ratcheting up for the GMO labeling movement.

The MSNBC poll results were not even close.

The MSNBC poll results were not even close. But are our “representatives” in the Senate listening?

Mandatory GMO Labeling Wins in a Slam Dunk

As has been noted several times on this blog and in articles from several different news outlets, whether the people want mandatory GMO labeling is not even up for debate anymore.

Nationwide polls have consistently shown that Americans want their Right to Know, and a recent MSNBC online poll was no different: a whopping 119,000+ out of 126,000 voters responded that GMO labeling should be mandatory, for a total of over 94% in favor of GMO labeling.

While GMO labeling measures have failed in states like California and Oregon in the recent past, those initiatives were tainted as Big Food companies along with Monsanto and the GMA badly outspent their opposition to the tune of tens of millions of dollars to confuse voters with misleading scare campaigns about the prices of groceries going up. Vermont has also passed a GMO labeling bill but is being sued by the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association to prevent it from going into effect, yet another assault on states’ rights on behalf of the chemical giants.

For more on the poll, check out this link. And be sure to take action against the DARK Act and GMO labeling ban, which now heads to the Senate, by clicking on this link, sharing this information, and calling your local Senator’s office.

Nick Meyer writes for March Against Monsanto and the health website AltHealthWORKS.com

Labor Icon Dolores Huerta Speaks Out in Favor of Mandatory GMO Labeling

Dolores Heurta, who protested alongside Cesar Chavez in the 60s and 70s to formalize rights for California’s farm workers, was in Washington, D.C. this week to speak out in favor of mandatory GMO labeling.

Huerta helped to acquire the first collective bargaining agreement between workers and an agricultural company in 1965 as noted in this article by E&E Publishing. She said that GMO labeling is a must for consumers who are starving for information on which foods contain the highly controversial ingredients. 

“It gives the average consumer the right to choose,” said Huerta, speaking at a conference at the National Press Club yesterday. Huerta also attended a meeting at the White House to press President Obama on the issue. Obama promised labels for GMOs during his presidential campaign but has yet to make good on the promise. 

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Huerta added that her experiences protecting the rights and health of people in communities near farms from pesticide exposure has helped motivate her to speak out on the issue of GMOs and the need for labeling.

The event was organized by the Environmental Working Group, which has long been a supporter of mandatory GMO labeling and a large-scale reduction of harmful farming chemicals that are used on GMO and “conventional” crops. 

The farming industry has long been in favor of using more harmful chemicals, Huerta said, with field managers even calling them “medicine” for crops during the 1970s.

The political climate surrounding such pesticides has changed drastically in recent years, however, as more and more studies have come out demonstrating their harmful effects including a recent one by the World Health Organization linking glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, to cancer.

For more on the event and Huerta’s speech, check out the full article here.