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Mann Packing recently announced it has removed the Non-GMO Project label from its products. Gina Nucci, director of corporate marketing for the food packaging company, says the decision was made after realizing the label was perpetuating consumer fears of GMOs despite them being proven safe and because most vegetables and fruits don’t have GMO counterparts. The company voices its commitment to educating consumers on the facts about GMO products.
Also discussing misleading marketing, SELF Magazine’s SciBabe Yvette D’Entremont explains how consumers can avoid succumbing to fears surrounding toxic marketing claims. She asserts that “toxic-free” has little meaning, as many companies use toxic substances in non-toxic amounts and then use the phrase to create an illusion that other products are unsafe. D’Entremont encourages consumers to demand proof the products they’re purchasing are actually living up to their labels and urges them not to give into fear-based marketing tactics.
Meanwhile, Monsanto highlights the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of updates to Monsanto’s product label to help farmers use Dicamba more successfully in 2018. Global Regulatory Lead Ty Vaughn reports the updates include mandatory training, new record keeping requirements, and restricted sale to certified applicators to ensure soybean and cotton farmers can successfully use the herbicide to manage tough-to-control weeds. He says it’s an exciting time for agriculture, as these tools will help move the industry forward.
In other pesticide news, Risk-Monger blogger David Zaruk has published an exposé on Christopher Portier, asserting the scientist is bringing down the reputation of science and scientific regulatory advice. Zaruk’s allegation is in response to Portier’s deposition in the International Agency of Research on Cancer’s assessment of glyphosate, which concluded the herbicide to be carcinogenic. He argues that Portier had little knowledge about glyphosate and simply acted out of clear self-interest, an action that has hindered the advancement of science globally.
I’m Maya Menon with the Food and Ag report in Washington.