Organic Consumers Association

Sen. Warren Supports Mandatory GMO Labels! Now, She Needs to Tell the FDA!

It took 42,000 petition signatures and a visit to her office. But on November 4, noted consumer advocate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) finally took a position in favor of mandatory labels on food made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) when she signed on as a co-sponsor to the Boxer-DeFazio bill.  

We’re grateful that Sen. Warren has come around to our side. The only problem is, she’s still also siding with Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) by asking the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize its guidance for voluntary labeling of GMOs.

Please sign our petition to let Sen. Warren know you appreciate her support for mandatory GMO labels, but you’d like her to stop supporting Monsanto's and the GMA’s plan for voluntary GMO labels.

How could Sen. Warren be supporting both consumers and the biotech and junk food industries? At the same time?

If the FDA finalizes its 2001 guidance on voluntary labeling, it could mean the end for any state or federal mandatory GMO labeling law. And it could even make it impossible for manufacturers of non-GMO products to legitimately claim their products are non-GMO. 

We need Sen. Warren to on our side. Please sign our petition and ask her to withdraw her letter to the FDA seeking guidance on voluntary labeling of GMOs.



1-25 of 15017 signatures
Number Date Name Location Comments (optional)
15017 1 week ago SUSANNA MINACHEILI thessaloniki, ot
15016 1 week ago Meagan Guertin Roseville, MI
15015 3 weeks ago Cecelia Tabellione East Bridgewater, MA
15014 3 weeks ago Jon Davis Norwell, MA
15013 3 weeks ago Luz Sanchez NY, NY We, the American people and the people of the world HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT WE ARE FEEDING OUR FAMILIES. you, THE CHEMICAL COMPANIES, HAVE NO RIGHT TO KEEP US IN THE DARK!!! Label GMO's, NOW!!!!!!...
15012 4 weeks ago Trévelyan Lofton San Diego, CA
15011 1 month ago Lawrence Merlino Saugerties, NY
15010 1 month ago Sarah Mason Exeter, NH
15009 1 month ago chuck utzman CA
15008 1 month ago Steven Branch Providence, RI
15007 3 months ago Patricia Bullock Skillman, NJ Why have food allergies surged since the introduction of GMOs- could it be that GMOs have compounds the body sees as toxic? I resent being a lab rat.
15006 4 months ago David Goddard New Eltham, ot
15005 4 months ago joanna Spinoza Cayucos, CA
15004 4 months ago Andrea Lyle Woodland, AL
15003 4 months ago Carlos Echevarria Inglewood, CA
15002 4 months ago Nasreen Ali Jacksonville, FL
15001 4 months ago Natasha Brant El Mirage, AZ
15000 4 months ago Helgaleena Healingline Monona Grove, WI
14999 5 months ago Anonymous MO
14998 5 months ago Robyn Johnson Modesto, CA
14997 5 months ago Katarina Schulze Mount Prospect, IL
14996 5 months ago Miriam Kattumuri Stoughton, MA Label it! people have the right to know.
14995 5 months ago dino sorbello nyc, NY We need SOLID PROTECTION first, economic considerations second.
14994 5 months ago Ann Gallant Rainier, WA
14993 5 months ago Christopher Holl CA
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 Background 

In 2001, the FDA published a draft Guidance to Industry on “Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have or Have Not Been Developed Using Bioengineering.” 66 Fed. Reg. 4839 (January 18, 2001).

At the time, OCA joined the Center for Food Safety and allied organizations in a letter urging the FDA not to finalize the guidance, calling enforcement “premature, a violation of law, contrary to consumer interest and an inappropriate use of the agency’s limited resources.”

In August 2013, Sen. Warren, along with Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), sent a letter asking the FDA “to finalize the principles outlined in its 2001 draft guidance and implement a regulatory framework for the standardization of labeling policies for GMO and non-GMO foods.” 

In September 2013, the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, in its Plan for Program Priorities, 2013-2014, announced that it would this year “Publish final guidance to help manufacturers who wish to voluntarily label their food as being made with or without the use of bioengineered ingredients.”

News reports and documents disclosed to Washington State elections officials have confirmed our suspicion that Monsanto and the GMA are behind this.

Learn more: Senators Angle for Monsanto-Friendly Voluntary GMO Labeling “Guidance”