The national 'Just Label It' (JLI) coalition has called on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to deny approval of 2,4-D resistant corn. This comes on the heels of the failed Proposition 37 in California which would have required products containing GMOs to be labeled as such.
David Bancroft, JLI Executive Director commented, "We urge Secretary Vilsack to work to to ensure that GE (GMO) crops are thoroughly researched and safe before they go on the market. It's in the best interest of all Americans, including our farmers. It's the right thing to do."
According to JLI, studies show that approval of 2,4-D corn could lead to an additional 50% increase in herbicide use per acre just as the approval of previous herbicide resistant crops have increased the use of the herbicides exponentially.
The group cites a French study conducted on laboratory rats which initially suggested a correlation between GMOs and tumorous cancers. The study has since been discredited by a number of scientists around the globe including researchers in France. But the unscientific data out of Caen still has legs, and JLI is trying to breathe new life into the issue.
GMOs are already labeled in the European Union, India and China and a number of other nations worldwide. Proposition 37 also included provisions that would open the door wide to activist litigation with scant cause. JLI has yet to suggest legislative action, but a mandate may still be what groups like this are after.
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