Until 11:59pm tonight, July 3, 2018, you have an opportunity to comment on the proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard.

This is a very important rule that will determine how foods that contain GMOs will be labelled – or not.  This rule is an outgrowth of the DARK Act (*).  Your taxpayer dollars paid for the work that went into creating the proposed rule, but, as written, it smacks of industry lobbyist propaganda.

There are a few ways to comment, but the easiest way is online.  Your comments will become a part of the Federal Register.

The following article from GMO Free California is a short, quick read that explains the proposal and exactly how to comment: http://www.gmofreeca.org/the_dark_act_is_out_how_to_comment

The change from the term “GMO” to “BE” and the proposed smiley-faced sunshine logo have drawn the ire of many consumers, and the logo is so ridiculous that it very well may be a red herring to distract from the larger issues.  The largest issue is that, as written, the majority of GMO foods will not be labelled as such.  In fact, they will no longer be called GMO.  Most GMO crops go into feeding livestock and producing unhealthy processed foods, both of which could be exempt.  The proposal also assumes incorrectly that consumers care only about what they consume as food and now how the food is produced.

Please take a brief moment to read the article referenced above or any of the several similar articles explaining the importance of commenting and how to do it.

The following link goes directly to regulations.gov, where you can enter your comment: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS_FRDOC_0001-1709

The following are examples of comments and background information prepared by various individuals and organizations:

Adrian Hyde, Executive Director, NOFA-NJ

Stephanie Harris, Board President, NOFA-NJ

Action Alert from NOFA-NY

Food and Water Watch Petition

(*) Legislation dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act (H.R. 1599), passed the House of Representatives  by a vote of 275-150. The bill preempts state and local authority to label and regulate genetically engineered (GE) foods.