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5 Major Fails of the New GMO Labeling Law

5 Major Fails of the New GMO Labeling Law the new federal GMO labeling bill passed into law on July 29, invalidating Vermont’s far more stringent legislation, a lot of those in the organic food world were less than pleased. And for good reason – the new law is neither ideal nor perfect, and it leaves some major holes in nationwide legislation of genetically modified foods.

When you consider that as much as 75 percent of the food that Americans buy at the local supermarket contains GMO ingredients — mainly genetically modified corn, soy, canola, and sugar from sugar beets — and that most of these GMOs were developed specifically to resist herbicides such as Monsanto’s dangerous glyphosate-based Roundup, it’s no wonder people are concerned.

But you’ll be even more upset when you realize just how much this law has failed those who were demanding transparency from our food system. Here are five major flaws with the new legislation.

1. The GMO labeling law won’t change anything any time soon.
2. It won’t add clear labels to packaging.
3. Lots of GMOs will go unlabeled.
4. It will make choosing GMO-free meat difficult.
5. Companies that don’t comply with the new GMO labeling law won’t be punished.

So, is there any merit to the new law?
1. It’s mandatory.
2. Organic producers have fewer hoops to jump through.
3. It’s going to be less costly.
4. It stops the danger of food deserts.
5. Companies can still voluntarily label GMOs.