Decoding the new GMO labels

Written by Kajsa IngelssonFebruary 21, 2019

I have been writing quite a few posts on GMOs here on the blog. Everything from what they are to how to easiest avoid them.

You guessed it, it’s time for yet another post about these bad boys! I received information from Team Sierra stating that The Department of Agriculture finalized its national labeling standard for genetically engineered products. While it’s not the worst-case scenario, there’s still some disappointing news on the labeling front.

Here are the takeaways;

  • Completely exempts processed GMO ingredients, like sugar beets or high fructose corn syrup
  • Allows companies to hide GMO information behind website URLs and QR codes (look for a note to “Scan here for more food information“)
  • Uses “bioengineered” instead of commonly used alternatives like “genetically engineered” or “GMO”
  • Doesn’t apply to small businesses, to-go food prepared at grocery stores, and meat and milk from animals fed GMOs
  • Food can be up to 5% GMO before triggering the labeling requirement
  • Companies won’t have to comply until January 1, 2022

The actual label, when included, will look like one of these:

This is very important information for all of us who wants to know what’s in our food. Big agriculture and monsanto keep trying to take away our free will and stuff our faces with their toxic frankenfood. I strongly believe that we have the right to make an informed decision about what we put in and on our bodies.

Let’s persevere, keep asking questions and shift the demand towards green and clean products. Together we can and will change the world my eco-warriors!