Barbara H. Peterson
H.R. 5577 Exempts the USDA Certified Organics Industry from the labeling requirement and testing even if producers use GMO processing ingredients.
H.R.5577 – The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act was introduced by Dennis Kucinich on June 23, 2010. The bill’s intent is to require labeling of foods if they contain genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients, or are processed with genetically engineered materials.
This is a very good idea, and one that I support. However, does it go far enough?
The following list taken from the USDA National Organics Program’s National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances contains not only non-organic ingredients, but GMO ingredients as well. Notice that there is no restriction on GMOs in this list. Therefore, items such as soy lecithin and cornstarch can be GMO, and most likely are since GM soy and corn dominate the market: