Last week Just Label It announced they had hit a million comments with their online petition to the FDA demanding the need for GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) labeling. And how did the FDA respond? By saying there was actually only 394 comments.
Those million plus collective signatures, more than any other petition submitted to the FDA in its history, that were collected in less than 180 days by Just Label It's more than 500 organizations, will only be counted as 394 because of an FDA rule that states that if thousand and thousands of people sign a single petition or submit the same form letter they are only counted as one collective signature.
Now in the world of GMOs and GE (Genetically Engineered) food the player who has the most to lose by a label mandate is Monsanto, the agricultural multinational at the forefront of the GMO world.
And who is the senior adviser for the FDA?
Michael Taylor, former vice president and lobbyist for Monsanto. And as the online petition to oust Michael Taylor from the FDA notes: “Taylor is the same person who as a high-ranking official at the FDA in the 1990s promoted allowing genetically modified organisms into the U.S. food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks. This is a travesty.” (Something that 40 countries, including Australia, Japan, China, Brazil, Mexico, and all of the European Union nations, either have significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of because they are not considered proven safe.)
So it's no wonder that one million equals 394.