HR 1599, “The Law on Food Labelling safe and accurate,” passed by the House of representatives on 23 July 2015. Although met with strong opposition, the measure adopted by a vote of 275 to 150. the lobbyists GMO industry spent nearly $ 64 million in its successful attempt to persuade lawmakers to support his position.
Opponents of the law have dubbed the “Deny Americans the right to know” or dark Law. HR 1599 explicitly prohibits state and local governments to enact legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified foods. Vermont is a state that has a law of this kind, has entered into force in 2016. The anti-GMO activists describe this bill as the last and worst incarnation of the “Monsanto Protection Act.”
The Environmental Working Group, which oversees lobbying efforts of industry, says that food and biotech companies spent $ 63.6 million in 2014 in its efforts to pass such legislation. That amount is nearly three times spent in 2013. The Association of Manufacturers OMG pressure Grocer spent $ 25.4 million last year. The pro-labeling lobby, however, only spent $ 2.6 million in 2014.
In the first six months of this year, Coca-Cola ($ 5,040,000), PepsiCo ($ 3,230,000), Kraft ($ 1,180,000), Kellogg ($ 1,310,000), General Mills ($ 1.1 million) and Land O’Lakes ($ 720,000) discloses the highest lobbying expenditures mentioning labeling of GMOs, according to the EWG analysis.
With the House passed last month Law DARK, Big Food definitely refill the cash supply and unleash its army of lobbyists who are pushing the Senate to approve the dark Law and deny Americans in all states the right to know what is in their food, “says Foley Libby, senior policy analyst with GTA and author of the report.
at the state level, opponents of labeling spent $ 105.8 million to defeat the initiatives GMO labeling in California, Colorado, Washington and Oregon.
HR 1599, which was introduced by representative Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), also weakens the federal oversight of genetically modified foods. the bill also requires the creation of a certification program not GMO USDA like the National Organic program. This would change all the costs of producers who want to declare their food is not genetically modified, creating even more obstacles for consumers who want to know whether the food they are buying is genetically engineered.
natural food activists point out that this bill, if passed in the Senate, will be another great victory for the food industry of mass production, and a defeat for the American people.