Mandatory GMO Labeling Supporters Attack SAFE Act

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A well known actress joined advocates and lawmakers this week on Capitol Hill pushing for mandatory labeling of GMO ingredients.

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From the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food:

What They Are Saying About Gwyneth Paltrow’s Recent Capitol Hill Visit:

The Hill: “’Out-of-touch Hollywood celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow want Congress to enshrine their lifestyle choices into law while ignoring the everyday realities facing American families,’ said Claire Parker, spokesperson for the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food. ‘This legislation has earned the backing of everyone, from farmers to food banks. We are confident the Senate will stand with science and American families rather than the extreme agendas of Hollywood elites and that common sense and scientific consensus will win out over media spectacle.’ The coalition said it’s unfortunate that the Just Label It campaign has chosen Paltrow as its lead spokesperson on this issue, given the fact that she had admitted not knowing what it’s like to feed a family on a fixed budget.” (Lydia Wheeler, “Gwyneth Paltrow Urges Mandatory GMO Labeling,” The Hill, 8/5/15)

MSNBC: “…Gwyneth Paltrow is fueling a broader opposition to science, one that delays our response to climate change and gives long-dormant diseases the chance to feed on newly unvaccinated kids. By stigmatizing GMOs, she’s also standing in the way of crop innovations that could fight world hunger and combat nutrient deficiencies.” (Tony Dokoupil, “Sorry, Gwyneth Paltrow, GMO labels won’t tell you what you want to know,” MSNBC, 8/5/15)

New York Post: “The actress routinely professes her concern for the poor — yet the real point of mandatory labeling is to feed the scare campaign against GMOs, and drive GMO products off the shelves. And that means higher food prices. One Cornell University study found that mandatory labeling could end up costing a family of four an extra $500 a year. Totally kosher if you have a net worth of $140 million or so. Then again, we’re talking about Gwyneth Paltrow — who’s known for saying she’d rather ‘die than let my kid eat Cup-a-Soup,’ or ‘smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.’” (Editorial, “Gyneth Paltrow’s ‘let them eat kale’ take on GMOs,” New York Post, 8/5/15)

Daily Caller: “If Paltrow’s efforts succeed ordinary Americans could feel the impact in their pocketbook. A study by an economist at Cornell University found that a scenario of patchwork mandatory labelling across the states could result in an average family of four paying $500 a year more in food costs.” (Guy Bentley, “Gwyneth Paltrow’s GMO Labelling Crusade Could Hit Average Families With $500 Food Bill,” Daily Caller, 8/5/15)

Huffington Post: “We’ll stick with the scientists on this issue. Wouldn’t it be nice if the celebrities and politicians with the privilege of a large platform could do the same?” (Anna Almendrala, “Thanks, Gwyneth, But We’ll Stick With Scientific Consensus On GMOs,” The Huffington Post, 8/5/15)

Washington Free Beacon: “Paltrow attempted to see the realities of families on a food budget by living off on a food stamp grocery budget for a week in April. She made it four days, and said she would give herself a C- on her effort. Paltrow has said in the past that she would rather, ‘die than let my kid eat Cup-a-Soup,’ or would prefer to ‘smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.’” (Thomas Novelly, “Gwyneth Paltrow Lobbies Against GMO’s ‘Ignoring Realities Facing American Families,’” Washington Free Beacon, 8/5/15)

Breitbart: “Paltrow, a longtime advocate for healthy eating habits, previously waded into the great American debate on food when she pledged to live on $29 worth of food stamps for a week to better understand the plight of poor Americans. The actress lasted four days before calling off the experiment.” (Daniel Nussbaum, “Gwyneth Paltrow Takes To Capitol Hill To Push For Mandatory GMO Food Labeling,” Breitbart, 8/5/15)