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14_S0809 on Apr 24, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act
Source: S.809/HR1699
Congressional Summary:
  • [Require labeling] any food that has been genetically engineered or contains genetically engineered ingredients.
  • Defines "genetically engineered" (GE) as a material intended for human consumption that is an organism produced through the intentional use of genetic engineering, or its progeny, without regard to whether the altered molecular or cellular characteristics of the organism are detectable.

Discussion of pro/con (Huffington Post 4/25/2013):

Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans--over 90%--supports mandatory labeling of foods with GE ingredients. 64 other countries already require such labels. However, strong opposition from the agriculture and biotech industries has scuttled proposals for GMO (Genetically-Modified Organisms) labeling laws in the past. The most recent and high-profile of these failed attempts at a GMO labeling requirement was California's Proposition 37, which was narrowly defeated after opponents spent $50 million lobbying against it. "Unfortunately, advocates of mandatory GMO labeling are working an agenda to vilify biotechnology and scare consumers away from safe and healthful food products," a Biotechnology Industry Organization spokeswoman wrote.

Argument in opposition (Food Democracy Now 5/26/2012):

Exactly 20 years ago today, the first Bush administration declared genetically engineered foods to be "substantially equivalent" to foods that farmers had traditionally bred for thousands of years. With this single policy, the US government radically altered the food supply, introducing novel genes into our food that had never before been consumed by humans. Corporate executives at Monsanto colluded with elected officials to make sure that their new "products" were placed onto the market as quickly as possible. Two decades later, Americans are still denied the basic right to know what's in their food because of this infamous policy.

Also see related House bill, H.R.1699

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: EPA regulations are too restrictive Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Require labeling genetically engineered food (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Require labeling genetically engineered food (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Require labeling genetically engineered food (Answer: B)
  • Headline 2: Require labeling genetically engineered food (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 14_S0809

Mark Begich s1sAK Democratic Jr SenatorApr 24, 2013
Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr SenatorApr 24, 2013
Cory Booker s1sNJ Democratic ChallengerJul 31, 2014
Barbara Boxer s2pCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016) 
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr SenatorMay 7, 2013
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York DemocratApr 24, 2013
Martin Heinrich s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012)Apr 24, 2013
Patrick Leahy s1sVT Democratic Sr SenatorJul 31, 2013
Jeff Merkley s1sOR Democratic Jr SenatorApr 24, 2013
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring 2016)May 21, 2013
Chris Murphy s1sConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012)Jan 13, 2014
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr SenatorSep 16, 2014
Bernie Sanders s1sPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidateApr 24, 2013
Brian Schatz s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator AppointeeApr 24, 2013
Jeanne Shaheen s1sNH Democratic Sr SenatorJul 31, 2013
Jon Tester s1sMT Democratic Jr SenatorApr 24, 2013
Elizabeth Warren s1sMA Democratic ChallengerNov 4, 2013

Republicans participating in 14_S0809

Lisa Murkowski s1sAK Republican Sr SenatorApr 24, 2013

Independents participating in 14_S0809

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 17
Republicans: 1
Independents: 0

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