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Politicians Help Food Industry Avoid Clear GMO Labeling

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Credit:  SmartLabel.org

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by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Mercola.com

According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), 80 percent of the foods on your grocery store’s shelves contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). These foods are also most likely to be contaminated with toxic pesticide residues.

Just last month, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) sued Post Holdings, Inc., for falsely marketing Shredded Wheat cereal as “100 percent natural” and “made with nothing but goodness,” after independent testing found it contained glyphosate — hardly what health-conscious consumers would expect.

Alas, while Americans are getting savvier when it comes to making healthier food choices, and recent polling shows that 9 out of 10 Americans want to know if their food is genetically engineered (GE), big business has successfully usurped power, and politicians have by and large abandoned their constituents.

Senate negotiators have now made a deal — to create a national labeling standard for GMOs using voluntary “Smart Labels” (so-called QR codes) rather than clear labeling — a deal that goes against the 88 percent of Americans who have said NO to being forced to use a smartphone app to find this important information.

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© 2016 Dr. Joseph Mercola

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