Why Does the Dairy Industry Oppose GMO Labels?

Why Does the Dairy Industry Oppose GMO Labels?

Postby Oscar » Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:11 am

Why Does the Dairy Industry Oppose GMO Labels?

[ https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays ... gmo-labels ]

February 11, 2015

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QUOTE: "Why would the IDFA spend millions to defeat GMO labeling laws, including launching a lawsuit against Vermont?"

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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is one of the corporate front groups suing Vermont [ http://rt.com/usa/165860-vermont-gmo-labeling-lawsuit/ ] in an attempt to block the state’s GMO labeling law. The trade group is also lobbying for H.R. 4432, [ http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/d ... _KEY=13738 ] an anti-consumer, anti-states’ rights bill, introduced in April (2014) in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.). The bill, dubbed by consumers as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, would preempt all state GMO labeling laws. HR 4432 would also legalize the use of the word “natural” on products that contain GMOs.

IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton has been an outspoken opponent of consumers’ right to know. In her address to this year’s Dairy Forum, [ http://www.farmers-exchange.net/detailP ... leID=14517 ] she noted that consumers “can be harsh critics on topics such as genetically modified organisms,” and then went on to criticize “restrictive labeling requirements” as “a straightjacket on innovation and marketing.”

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As long as the dairy industry’s fortunes continue to be built upon the sales of GMO-containing “dairy products” and “cheese foods,” its principle lobbying group, the IDFA, will continue to spend millions to keep consumers from knowing what’s really in those foods.

This is not an industry that cares about farmers, or wholesome, healthy foods. What used to be a community of farmers selling real, whole foods has long since morphed into a processed food industry. And as such, the industry, represented by the IDFA, will continue to fight tooth-and-nail against what they portray as “restrictive labeling requirements” that create “a straightjacket on innovation and marketing.”

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Alexis Baden-Mayer is political director of the Organic Consumers Association.
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