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July 10, 2014

LETTERS: Rokita aims to keep consumers in dark

Rokita aims to keep consumers in dark

Rep. Todd Rokita, Indiana’s 4th District congressman, is opposed to mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs). The safety of the food on your table may be at stake.

Rep. Rokita became a co-sponsor of House Bill 4432 on June 24, 2014. This bill is titled, “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014,” by those who oppose labeling — and titled, “Denying Americans the Right-to-Know Act (DARK),” by those who favor labeling. Mandatory labeling of GMO foods is required in more than 60 countries worldwide, but not in the United States. Mandatory labeling is and has been aggressively opposed by such as Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Bayer Crop Science, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. The Grocery Manufacturers Association includes nearly all of the companies that supply food products for the middle aisles of your grocery store, except those labeled “Non-GMO” or “Organic.”

Vermont recently passed mandatory GMO labeling legislation. The Grocery Manufacturers Association, with others, has filed a lawsuit against Vermont to block implementation of its labeling law. Vermont plans to fight.

But if House Bill 4432 is passed and eventually becomes law, no state will be permitted to require GMO food labeling. That authority would be only in the hands of the federal government. This is just where big chemical/seed and food manufacturers want the authority. The federal government has not, so far, acted in favor of labeling, which is why efforts in a multitude of states to require labeling have been so numerous. People are concerned about the food they put on their tables.

There are two arguments. The first is whether the public has the right to know how food is produced and what is in it or on it. This should be a no-brainer. The public should know everything. No secrets.

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