Congress Votes to Override State Law and Block Americans’ Right to Know If Our Food Has Been Genetically Modified
Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com
All Americans – conservatives and liberals – want their families to have access to safe food.
A poll by Pew Research Center finds that two-thirds of Americans think that scientists don’t fully understand GMOs, and therefore cannot guarantee people are safe if they eat genetically modified food
Indeed, most independent scientists – ones not making money from the GMO food manufacturers – say that GMO foods are very concerning.
For example a recent study commissioned by Norwegian officials and conducted by a scientific authority on the safety of biotechnologies concludes GMO crops lack scientific data to prove their safety. And see this.
And a poll shows that 68% of American and Canadian doctors think that GMOs should be labeled.
No wonder Vermont, Connecticut and Maine have voted to require GMO food labels in their states.
So how does our bought-and-paid-for Congress react? By banning GMOs until further studies are conducted? By demanding labeling of GMOs so consumers can decide?
Of course not!
Congress may vote today on a bill today forbidding states from requiring GMO food labeling, or from banning GMOs within their states.
EWG sent out an alert today by email stating:
Monsanto and its anti-labeling allies are desperately trying to attach the most dangerous components of the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act to a must-pass end-of-year spending bill that could pass TODAY.
If the DARK Act makes it into this bill, the consequences could be disastrous. We’ll have NO WAY of knowing if the newly approved GMO salmon – the Frankenfish that’s designed to grow TWICE AS FAST as wild salmon – is what we’re feeding our families.
This is our LAST CHANCE to protect our right to know what’s in our food. If we don’t stand up to Big Food and put a stop the DARK Act now, the fight for GMO labeling is OVER.
Conservatives support states rights. Liberals support federal action to protect our health. And all Americans support our right to make informed purchasing decisions.
But Congress only answer to its owners.
Remember, the big GMO food produces like Monsanto have already gotten their Congressional lackeys to pass legislation which strips American courts of their power.
Postscript: This is similar to what the Feds did in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis. As former head S&L prosecutor Bill Black – now a professor of law and economics – notes:
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the resident examiners and regional staff of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency [both] competed to weaken federal regulation and aggressively used the preemption doctrine to try to prevent state investigations of and actions against fraudulent mortgage lenders.
Liberals and conservatives tend to blame our country’s problems on different factors … but they are connected. The real problem is the malignant, symbiotic relationship between big corporations and big government.