sexta-feira, 8 de maio de 2015

Brazilian Government wants to ban GMO compulsory labeling ( PLC 34/2015 )

Genetic Modified Food is about to gain a lot of space in Brazil, even if consumer associations and civil society are fighting to the right for information.

On Tuesday 27 April, the Brazilian Congress has voted on the first round to approving a law that finishes with the mandatory use of the "contain/ produced with GMO" label on food. The law project now goes to the Senate chamber. The Brazilian and international society has to fight back this project law crafted by the agribusiness congressmen. There is time yet. But, Food companies are celebrating!

At least but not last, in this new law a new article permits that all food industries can highlight the label "It doesn´t contain GMO's".

If approved by the Senate and ratified by the president Dilma, the compulsory label "contain GMO", a black T letter inscribed in a yellow triangle will no longer be seen on food packaging.

Brazil is a giant GMO producer, but consumers' rights to know what they are eating existed until now. This was the least society should expect. Banning the label is a regression on the right to choose. Corn and soy products or food using by products of these plants as an ingredient will no longer be easily identified in supermarkets. We are walking backwards.

Margarine, cookies, oils, baking powder, beer, all those products are now free to be GMOs without awareness of consumers. Currently, 92,4% of soy beans  and 81,4% of corn  produced in Brazil are GMOs.

The law project (PL 4.418) has been proposed in 2008 by Congressman Luis Carlos Heinze. It goes to the Senate as PLC 34/2015.
We could be fighting against GMOs. But now we are just trying to assure consumers' right for information, and the possibility of them to make their own decisions.

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