Right now, the U.S. does not require that GMOs be labeled, and there is a bill in Washington D.C. called the DARK Act that, among other things, would make it illegal for individual states to label GMOs. Given that Vermont’s GMO-labeling law is ready to go into effect next summer, time is of the essence for Big Food and the biotech industry.
The U.S. House of Representative passed the DARK Act a few months ago, and it now must get approval in the Senate.
Seeking to find a solution that satisfies both sides, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has said that she aims to get a bill passed by the end of the year, and the compromise that appears to be floating around is based on voluntary QR codes.
Yes, QR codes.
So, instead of companies being forced to put the words “Made with genetically-engineered ingredients” on the label, as is required in 64 countries around the world, they could voluntarily put a QR code on the label. The QR code would lead consumers to a website that would indicate that GMOs are being used in the product.
Not only would this proposal require people to have a smartphone and force them to read the fine print buried on a company’s website, but who uses QR codes?
This proposal is an absolutely TERRIBLE idea, and in no way should we support this.
Click HERE to tell USDA Secretary Vilsack that you want GMO labels, not QR codes.