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 15003 signatures
Number Date Name Location Comments (optional)
15003 7 days ago Carlos Echevarria Inglewood, CA
15002 2 weeks ago Nasreen Ali Jacksonville, FL
15001 2 weeks ago Natasha Brant El Mirage, AZ
15000 2 weeks ago Helgaleena Healingline Monona Grove, WI
14999 2 weeks ago Anonymous MO
14998 2 weeks ago Robyn Johnson Modesto, CA
14997 2 weeks ago Katarina Schulze Mount Prospect, IL
14996 2 weeks ago Miriam Kattumuri Stoughton, MA Label it! people have the right to know.
14995 3 weeks ago dino sorbello nyc, NY We need SOLID PROTECTION first, economic considerations second.
14994 3 weeks ago Ann Gallant Rainier, WA
14993 3 weeks ago Christopher Holl CA
14992 3 weeks ago Maia Adleman PA
14991 3 weeks ago Jim Phillips Sonoma, CA Mandatory GMO Labels! Now
14990 3 weeks ago Anonymous Plano, IL
14989 3 weeks ago Jean Erickson McGregor, IA
14988 3 weeks ago Lyndsey Peck Dallas, TX
14987 3 weeks ago adriane sack TX
14986 3 weeks ago Brian Ellis Dallas, TX
14985 3 weeks ago Anonymous Bluefield, VA
14984 3 weeks ago eva ort lakewood, NJ
14983 4 weeks ago Sarah Kakiel NY
14982 4 weeks ago Phillip Mixon Augusta, GA
14981 4 weeks ago Leanna von Sternberg Franklin, TN
14980 4 weeks ago Chelsy Lorance Lerna, IL
14979 4 weeks ago B. E. Murphy Park Forest, IL We have an absolute right to know what it is that we are consuming. All foods should be labeled to indicate whether or not GMO's have been used in their production.
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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”