Obama Signs Pro-Corporate GMO Labeling Law, Doesn’t Require GMOs to be Labeled

By Johanna Lundahl, AGRA Watch Intern and Blogger
GMO labeling activists march in San Francisco in 2013. Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr/cc

On July 29th, while the nation was digesting Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of the democratic nomination for President, President Obama quietly signed S.764, the first national GMO labeling bill, into law. The bill was signed with no fanfare and little National press. Seemingly the answer to anti-GMO activists’ prayers, the bill mandates that companies disclose whether their food products contain genetically modified organisms—or does it?

Called by opponents the “Denying Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) act, under this law companies may choose any of three methods to inform consumers that their product contains GMOs: a text label,  symbol, or QR code readable by smartphone. Small companies will be allowed to include a phone number or web address that will lead consumers to the information. Continue reading “Obama Signs Pro-Corporate GMO Labeling Law, Doesn’t Require GMOs to be Labeled”