Believe it or Not, A GMO Labeling Bill in Missouri!

Maybe….just maybe, we can get some traction for this bill. Wouldn’t that be great?

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A ‘No GMOs’ label.

When legislation mandating genetically-modified food labels was proposed in California, Oregon and Washington, I wasn’t necessarily surprised. But the recent news that GMO labeling is being considered in Missouri was a little bit of a shock. The bill, Senate Bill 155, was sponsored by a Democratic senator from St. Louis named Jamilah Nasheed. If passed, it would go into effect on Sept. 1, 2015 and would require genetically-modified meat or fish produced and sold in the Show-Me State to bear labels noting that fact.

“While I understand that food production is an integral Missouri industry, I don’t feel the trend of biotechnology and genetically engineered foods is always apparent to the average citizen,” the Senator said in a news release posted on her Web site. “I am merely asking for clarity in the sale of certain genetically engineered, or GE, foods to Missouri’s consumers.”

In the language of the bill, genetically-modified meat or fish is defined as “any animal or fish whose genetic structure has been altered at the molecular level by means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes, including recombinant DNA and RNA techniques, cell fusion, gene deletion or doubling, introduction  of exogenous genetic material, alteration of the position of a gene, or similar procedure.” (read the rest here)


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 15:17:33

    Yes this would be awesome!


  2. InalienableWrights
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 23:00:58

    If this passes I suggest farmers clip the wings on their pigs so that they do not fly away.


  3. truthfarmer
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 23:39:30

    Maybe it would be better if everyone brought their flying pig to Jeff City for a hearing…IF it gets one.

    We should really try to advocate for movement on this bill. I’d testify even if I didn’t think it would go anywhere. And give them reams of homework with rat tumors as the cover page.


    • InalienableWrights
      Jan 29, 2013 @ 00:23:13

      To me all of this is proof that our form of government is a complete, and utter disaster. I thought this country was founded upon the idea that we all have all rights by virtue of our birth.

      Instead it is the world of Don Quixote, where we spend our lifetimes jousting a 1,000 windmills on issues that should never even be brought up.

      If we do not address the root issues (government has way too much power and we have no effective tools to contain it.) Nothing will ever change. In fact in the long run they will always get worse.


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