Oscar Winner Gwyneth Paltrow Meets With Montana Senator Jon Tester
We've seen our fair share of celebrities in Montana state recently, mostly because they want to break away from the fast-paced Hollywood lifestyle. This time, however, an A-lister has Montana in her sights to get some real work done.
Oscar Winner Gwyneth Paltrow ('Iron Man', 'Seven') paid a visit to Montana Senator Jon Tester to tackle a house bill that would place a ban on states from requiring GMO labeling.
According to a press release issued from Tester's office:
“Every American has a right to know if the food they eat was created in a lab,” Tester said. “If GMO producers – and their allies – are as proud of their product as they claim they are, they should want to label it.”
“I’m not here as an expert,” Paltrow said. “I’m here as a mother – an American mother – who honestly believes that I have a right to know what’s in the food that I feed my family.”
The Associated Press says:
The food industry and farm groups are pushing Congress to pass legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration to create guidelines for the new labels, which food manufacturers could use.
A federal standard for voluntary labels would get food manufacturers off the hook if any individual states pass laws requiring mandatory labeling. Recent ballot initiatives in California and Washington failed. But several state legislatures are considering labeling requirements and opponents of engineered ingredients are aggressively pushing new state laws.
As it currently stands, there are no rules in place that require companies to reveal information about the ingredients in their food products. According to the Senators office, 64 countries, including Russia and China, require GMO foods to be labeled.