I’m on a panel for the NYAS’s conference on Conflicts of Interest in Healthcare: Opportunities for Self-Reflection and Action, June 24-25. Location: 7 World Trade Center. 250 Greenwich St, 40th Floor. Information and registration are here. My panel is on the 25th at 10:45 a.m. , Session VI: Hot topic discussion: getting to the truth in nutrition science. Other panelists are Mona Calvo fro Penn State, Mehmood Khan from Life Biosciences, and Linda Van Horn from Northwestern. Moderator is Julia Belluz from Vox.
Vermont’s new GMO labeling regulations
Vermont has issued GMO labeling rules. They seem straightforward. Here are the ones that I think matter:
1. Unpackaged GMO foods must post labels
- Raw: “produced with genetic engineering.”
- Processed: “produced with genetic engineering,” or “may be produced with genetic engineering.”
2. Packaged GMO foods must be labeled by the manufacturer
- Raw: “produced with genetic engineering”
- Processed: “produced with genetic engineering,” or “partially produced with genetic engineering” (<75% GMO) or “may be produced with genetic engineering (if they aren’t sure).”
3. If the food is GMO, it cannot be labeled “natural”
4. The font can’t be any smaller that of Serving Size in the Nutrition Facts label
It’s hard for me to imagine why the biotechnology industry, Grocery Manufacturers Association, and so many food companies think that saying “may be produced with genetic engineering” means the end of civilization as we know it, so much so that they pour millions of dollars into fighting it.
Now they are taking Vermont to court to try to block implementation of these rules.
Otherwise, the rules go into effect July 1, 2016.
That will be fun to see!