GMO labeling advocates are ramping up pressure on companies who already have labeled their products because of the Vermont labeling law to make sure they keep that information available for consumers. The GMO labeling bill signed by the President gives the USDA two years to come up with rules to implement the bill. Gary Hirshberg is the chair of Just Label It, and he urged companies like Campbell’s, Mars, and Dannon to keep the labels on their products, saying, “Your consumers will be watching to see if you continue to provide this basic information, and so will we.” In the meantime, almost 500,000 people have signed on to the campaign from the pro-labeling group Organic Consumers Association to stop buying food products that are labeled with QR codes, calling those codes the “mark of Monsanto.” Instead, they pledge to “buycott” products from companies that support a consumer’s right to know what’s in their food. The Association also calls for a boycott of members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which helped to fund opposition to mandatory state labeling laws.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.