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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GMO LAWS [or the lack there of]

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GMO LAWS [OR THE LACK THEREOF] Are genetically modified foods, better known as GMOS, safe to eat? Although there is no definitive answer to this question yet, American consumers eat genetically engineered foods all the time. However, the maze of labeling laws makes choosing whether or not they want to eat them a totally different story. GMOS BY THE NUMBERS: AND GET THIS.. THE YEAR THE MAJORITY OF 17.3 270% CORN [88%] SOYBEANS [93%] CANOLA (90%] COTTON [94%] 1996 8.72 165+ BILLION MILLION MILLION The first year GMO crops became commercially available Estimated Total number of Number of U.S. Number of percentage of processed foods containing GMOS found in the acres cultivated acres of farmland farmers with GMO crops used to grow GM crops worldwide since 1996 who grow GM crops average GROWN IN THE U.S. supermarket IS GENETICALLY MODIFIED THE YEAR 1997 >.9% M REQUIRED 1% The European Union (EU) first mandated labeling of food that used GMO crops or THRESHOLD GMOS The EU now requires labeling unless GM ingredients account China, Brazil and a No nations Many U.S. trading ingredients. currently label animal products (meat, milk, eggs, cheese) that come from livestock fed AROUND number of other partners have 64 labeling laws, and U.S. exporters already label those food items smaller nations for less than 0.9% of use a threshold of THE the total product. 1% GMO content. NATIONS WORLD with GMO products. containing GMOS when Since then, 64 developed and developing nations sold overseas. have mandated GMO labeling. WHAT DO Americans overwhelmingly support GM food labeling, according to studies conducted by: THE PEOPLE THINK? 96% 93% 95% 94% 93% 93% MSNBC Thomson Reuters Consumers Washington Post New York Times ABC News PulseTM Healthcare (answered that they "support Union Survey a national mandate") WHAT ABOUT AMERICA? STATES THAT HAVE PASSED LABELING MEASURES: VERMONT CONNECTICUT & MAINE Number of U.S. Only passed the House, no vote yet in the Senate Laws require manufacturers to disclose genetically modified ingredients 24 states that currently have GMO labeling legislation pending Even if it was to pass the senate, this law would not go into effect for another 2 years However, these laws include provisions stipulating that they will not go into effect until 4 other states, one of which must be a bordering state, pass similar laws Number of U.S. The measure has been "watered down" states that have due to lawsuit threats from seed and These states also face similar lawsuit 3 chemical company Monsanto passed GMO labeling measures threats from corporations that produce GM seed/food Number of U.S. STATES WITH PENDING GMO LABELING LEGISLATION: states with active GMO labeling laws Number of U.S. ballot measures 29 that have been defeated by Winner & Mandabach Campaigns, the firm hired by the OF NO TO LABELING lobby in California 31 and Washington. There is only a 1% chance of the 1% Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act successfully passing (U.S. GMO labeling bill). States with pending legislation KEY BATTLES IN THE GMO LABELING FIGHT CALIFORNIA-PROP 37 л <3% Would have prohibited GMO food from being labeled as "natural" Despite initial widespread support, the initiative lost by a margin of less than 3% (November 2012) Labeling opposition outspent supporters by a margin of $45 million to $6.7 million FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS & OPPONENTS OF GMO LABELING: PROP 37 SPENDING $8M Opponent 2$ Supporter $5.2M $2.5M *Vast majority of $$ on the YES side came from small businesses and individuals 2$ $2M $2M $2M $2M $2M 2$ 2$ 2$ 2$ $1.2M $1M 2$ 2$ $660K $620K $605K NATURE'S DR. BRONNER'S ORGANIC MONSANTO DUPONT PEPSICO GROCERY BAYER BASF DOW KRAFT FOODS MERCOLA.COM KENT AGROSCIENCES GLOBAL HEALTH WHEALY PATH FOODS MAGIC SOAPS CONSUMERS MANUFACTURERS CROPSCIENCE USA INC. FUND ASSOCIATION RESOURCES LLC WASHINGTON INITIATIVE 522 (I-522) JULY $$$ TO $ 2015 If passed in November 2013, the law will take effect July 1, 2015 Nearly identical to Prop 37 Opponents of l-522 are outspending supporters by 3 to 1 ($17.2 million to $5.3 million) FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS & OPPONENTS OF GMO LABELING: |-522 SPENDING $7.2M Opponent Supporter $4.8M 2$ $3.4M $1.8M 2$ $591K $591K $250K $225K $211K $200K 2$ 2$ 2$ 2$ 2$ MERCOLA.COM PCC ORGANIC CONSUMERS GROCERY MONSANTO DUPONT DR. 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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GMO LAWS [or the lack there of]

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