Senators Speak Out

Senators Speak Out


Consumers aren’t the only ones who aren’t keen on a high-tech “solution” to GMO labeling.

As the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) was meeting last week behind closed doors, trying to negotiate some sort of compromise that would preempt Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law before July 1, a number of Senators—including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders—outlined some pointed questions for the GMA about its proposed QR code labeling scheme.

Sanders, along with Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.),  Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) fired off a letter to the GMA’s executive director, Pam Bailey, stating that they are “troubled” by the QR code scheme’s “anti-consumer loopholes.”

They had several questions, including this one: “What promises will manufacturers participating in the SmartLabel initiative make to consumers to assure their privacy and their information will not be used or sold?”

Which raises an interesting point. Beyond just their quest for the legal right to deceive consumers, are food companies also looking for new ways to track your every move?

TAKE ACTION: Demand Mandatory Labeling of GMOs—Not Voluntary Labeling or QR Codes!

Read the letter to the GMA 

Read the blog post