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GM Labeling Bill Dies in North Carolina

r2K_at_grand_army_plaza smHave we just witnessed Big Ag’s first legislative strike against labeling of genetically modified foods in one of Big Ag’s home states?

North Carolina Rep. Glen Bradley, an advocate for consumer rights introduced a bill earlier this year to require labeling of genetically modified foods. House Bill 446 (text available here) sought to require “labeling of food and milk products sold in this state that are or that contain genetically modified food and or milk and milk products from animals that have received recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH).”  First introduced on March 23, 2011 it was passed the very next day to the Agriculture Committee where it promptly withered and died. A representative from the office of House Bill 446 co-sponsor Rep. Bill Faison told us that it was highly unlikely to be revived this year.

If I were a cynical person, I would speculate that we have Big Ag to thank for this bill’s death. Why? Because industrial agricultural companies are the only entities that profit from our ignorance of what is in our food. This bill was not about banning genetic modification; it was simply about allowing the consumer to choose whether or not to consume its products. The steadfast resistance on the part of Big Ag to offer this choice shows a stunning lack of confidence – either in the ability of the consumer to make an informed decision or in their own products. All the more reason to join those marching in support of mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. For more information visit Right2KnowMarch.org.

3 thoughts on “GM Labeling Bill Dies in North Carolina

  1. The U.S. is attempting to outlaw non-GMO labeling of foods, thereby making it illegal for a non-GMO food product to even claim “non-GMO” on the label. This would result in a global GMO cover-up as consumers are left in the dark about whether their foods are genetically modified or not.

  2. Glen Bradley says:

    All of my bills were too controversial to be heard. :-) But I did get my jobs bill HB587 mostly-inserted into SB781. They broke it though. Which is why I’m running for NC Senate now, to fix it.

  3. Glen Bradley says:

    I am Co-Chairing the House Select Interim Oversight Committee on Agricultural Regulation. We are working both on process reform and individual roadblocks to organic local sustainable agriculture.

    We are starting with in-house processors and addressing ETJ and zoning, as well as nutrient loading requirements from cities and counties.

    My goal is to make abundant clean, safe, local agriculture prevalent in North Carolina.

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