FDA Removes 1 Million Signatures for GMO Labeling Campaign

3rd April 2012

By Anthony Gucciardi

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

While the Food and Drug Administration has seemingly reached the limit for unbelievable behavior, the company’s decisions continue to astound and appall consumers and health activists alike. In the agency’s latest decision, undoubtedly amazing thousands of individuals yet again, the FDA virtually erased 1 million signatures and comments on the ‘Just Label It’ campaign calling for the labeling of genetically modified foods.

The ‘Just Label It” campaign has gotten more signatures than any campaign in history for the labeling of genetically modified foods. Since October of 2011, the campaign has received over 900,000 signatures, with 55 politicians joining in on the movement. So what’s the problem here?

Evidently, the FDA counts the amount of signatures not by how many people signed, but how many different individual letters are brought to it. To the FDA, even tens of thousands of signatures presented on a single petition are counted as – you guessed it – a single comment. This is how, despite over a million supporters being gathered by the petition, the FDA concluded a count of only 394.

“This is an election year and there are more than a million people who say this is important to them. This is petition has nothing to do with whether or genetically modified foods are dangerous. We don’t label dangerous foods, we take them off the shelves. This petition is about a the citizens’ right to know what they are eating and whether or not these foods represent a novel change.” said Andrew Kimbrell an attorney for the Center for Food Safety, one of the partner groups on the Just Label It campaign.

justlabelitinfographic FDA Deletes 1 Million Signatures for GMO Labeling Campaign

The argument as to whether genetically modified foods are dangerous is a whole discussion on its own, but for the FDA to completely sidestep away from the labeling of GM foods is completely and utterly irresponsible. Consumers have every right to know what they are consuming. Needless to say, biotechology giant Monsanto is against GMO labeling, claiming that it would mislead consumers since GMOs are ‘perfectly safe’. Of course there is plenty of evidence proving that GMOs are not completely safe, and how they affect life in the long-term is questionable to say the least. Either way, there is enough controversy surrounding the issue which is cause for alarm for millions of people, and Monsanto’s opinion on GMOs safety is a sorry excuse for not labeling foods as GM. Is the FDA avoiding such an issue because so many ties exist between genetically modified makers like Monsanto and the agency?

The bottom line is that you have the right to know what is in your food, and what your food IS. Denying that right, whether it be by the essential deletion of millions of signatures on a petition, or by ignoring the voices of thousands of people on the street, is taking power away from the people.

About the Author

Anthony Gucciardi is an accomplished investigative journalist with a passion for natural health. Anthony’s articles have been featured on top alternative news websites such as Infowars, NaturalNews, Rense, and many others. Anthony is the co-founder of Natural Society, a website dedicated to sharing life-saving natural health techniques. Stay in touch with Natural Society via the following sites FacebookTwitterWeb

 


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  • Yes, blasphemous. You’d think that the group that created the petition would have been aware of this loophole/issue of substantial equivalence of votes counting as only one.

  • Jeremy

    How does this affect all the petitions that were just signed in california to get it on our ballot?

  • mark berlanga

    please post a link to a simple pdf file that will let us print up an address to whoever is doing the counting, the head of the FDA, and to the head of the Amnesty International. The file should have 3 short (no more than 3 paragraphs) letters we can print up and mail to these people. A million separate letters should make the news. (maybe even save the USpostal service )

  • Nancy Bechtel

    The FDA ought to get their act together and free themselves of the grip of Monsaton (not a misspell) who has far-reaching teeth and claws. Come on, FDA…we’re not stupid, and we’re not going to stop pulling our weight to influence the government for work FOR THE PEOPLE! We have the RIGHT TO KNOW! So let’s see a list of the politicians , by state, who are on board for this worthy cause of GMO food labeling. I will be basing all of my future votes on the “Good Guys/Gals” who are not in the grips of Monsaton!

  • Vikki

    That’s presuming this is a regular process, like many government loopholes it may have just “appeared” and not been something predictable. Often agendas are met by coming up with just the right qualifications to stop, redirect, delay things like this. How can counter a loophole if is doesn’t exist when you put together your brief?

  • Martha Dee

    Keep up your good work.

  • Brian
  • Brian

    Yes, that petition is useless – that’s not how the goverment works and that group probably just wanted your info. Here is the real deal —

    To add a comment for labeling GMO foods go here:

    http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2011-P-0723-0001

    if that doesnt work then do this:
    http://www.regulations.gov/#!home

    and search for: FDA-2011-P-0723 – the gmo docket number. On the right side under actions, click on submit comment.

    More ways to contact here:
    http://www.wapf-houston.org/wapf-houston-wp/2012/03/22/tell-fda-to-label-gmos/

    but their link to add comments doesnt work.