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Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Educate Yourself and Others!

by Kimberly Hartke

The hue and cry over GMO ingredients in our food supply is probably giving the herbicide pushers sour stomachs and sleepless nights. What if organic food activists actually succeed in drumming up enough resistance to genetically modified food to disrupt the market? Would there be a radical exodus from the processed food aisles when all those labels “out” the offending products?

Currently, 64 countries around the world require labeling of genetically engineered foods.  Unlike most other developed countries – such as 15 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and even China – the U.S. has no laws requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods. Why is the U.S. so negligent in notifying?

Are There Risks in Labeling?

However, what would be the unintended consequences for the local, sustainable farms and small artisan producers of federal mandates to label? I recently talked to a small food producer who said the cost of labeling his products was a major hindrance to introducing new items into his food line. Each label press run, with setup charges and bulk purchase requirements was a cool ten grand. Ouch.

Will the high cost of mandated labeling end up benefiting Big Agribusiness and putting the little guy under?

We Need to Have an Honest Debate

The upcoming Joe vs. Joel Debate on the question of whether or not the federal government should mandate labeling will explore these questions and more. Those of us who advocate for change and transparency must consider, in total, the ramifications of whatever actions are taken to curb the spread of Franken-foods and the increased use of toxic herbicides they promote.

Consider this. When the federal government banned DDT, the manufacturers started selling it to farmers in other countries, and then food imports from those countries allowed the dangerous chemical to flow back into the U.S. food supply!

However, GMOs are now present in 75 to 80 percent of conventional processed food in the U.S., according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association. So doesn’t this mean the consumers need to be forewarned about possible toxins behind those pretty labels on the colorful boxes?

On the other hand, if Don Huber’s research (which will be presented at WiseTraditions.org this weekend) on the ill effects of glyphosate  use on feed crops is any indication of the tremendous risk to human health posed by these foods, what more important role can the FDA play than to protect citizens from them?

Here’s Your Chance to Educate Your Friends!

This upcoming Joe vs. Joel, The Great GMO Labeling Debate is a rare opportunity for all of us to make up our minds about the best way forward. We can better advocate for public policy changes that make the most sense, and have the least negative impact on our economy and consumer choices.

Joel Salatin will take the No position, that the Federal Government should NOT require labeling. Dr. Joseph Mercola will take the Yes position, that these foods are so treacherous that the government must take action.

Where do you stand on this great debate? Will you change your mind after hearing these GMO opponents duke it out in their verbal boxing match??

Watching this debate will enable you to become a thought leader in your community on the GMO Labeling issue. Get equipped to spread the conversation and help us reach the “tipping point” on the GMO issue!

We encourage our readers to click here and subscribe to the #GMOdebate Livestream or Encore. This gives you the ability to watch the debate Live from Atlanta this Thursday night at 8pm EST or download the debate anytime between now and December 3, 2013. By doing so, you are donating to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, thereby supporting their legal advice and advocacy for farmers in need.

Kimberly Hartke is publicist for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, sponsors of the Joe vs. Joel Debate.

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