|Farmers Rebel After Organic 'Elites' Throw Support Behind Sham Label Law|
Common Dreams - 7/13/2016. By Lauren McCauley - The Stabenow-Roberts GMO labeling bill, which the House of Representatives is expected to vote on this week, has deepened a rift within the organic industry as farmers and other dedicated opponents of genetically modified (GM or GMO) agriculture are breaking ties with those who support the legislation (pdf), which is backed by both Monsanto and the powerful Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). The farmer-controlled Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) announced Wednesday that it has withdrawn its membership from the influential Organic Trade Association (OTA).
|Organic Farmer Group Dumps Organic Trade Association|
Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association - 7/13/2016. By a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors, the organic farmer-controlled Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn its membership from the Organic Trade Association (OTA). OSGATA’s decision was prompted by OTA’s duplicity towards organic farmers and consumers when a small number of OTA board members endorsed a dangerous Senate bill that would immediately preempt existing strong state GMO Labeling laws that are widely supported by the Organic community and ninety percent of consumers.
|GMO Labeling Legislation Clears Another Hurdle|
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 7/8/2016. For months, the Senate has struggled to reach agreement on a “GMO labeling bill”, which would determine if and how genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are marked on food packaging. The pressure became especially intense as legislators worked to beat pending mandatory GMO labeling legislation in Vermont, which officially became effective July 1, 2016. After defeating a weak version of the bill on July 7, the Senate voted 63-30 to pass a somewhat stronger compromise bill, which was hammered out behind closed doors by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in consultation with industry groups.
|Don’t be fooled by Senate’s GMO fake-labeling bill|
BizWest - 7/8/2016. By Steven Hoffman - Pro-GMO labeling supporters were planning on celebrating on July 1, the date when Vermont’s legislation became the first mandatory GMO labeling law of the land.