Breaking news: U.S. Senate shuts down GMO labeling bill

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Food Safety News(NaturalHealth365) Just two days before the historical March Against Monsanto, the U.S. Senate dealt a pernicious blow to the global movement to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food. Voting 71 – 27 against an amendment to the sweeping farm bill that merely would have let states decide if they wanted to require such labeling, the Senate proves once again that “states rights” are a facade and the federal government will not relinquish control of our food supply.

The mainstream media doesn’t talk about “The Sanders Amendment”

Currently, more than 3,000 ingredients are required to be named on food labels, but genetically altered ingredients are not part of that list. Vermont and Connecticut have recently passed laws to require GMO labeling, but according to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) – sponsor of the amendment – local leaders fear that Monsanto and Big Ag will sue individual states on the basis that they are circumventing federal authority.

“Vermont and other states must be allowed to label GMO foods,” Sanders said. “My provision would protect states from threatened lawsuits.”

His bill – coined the Sanders Amendment – would have given states the federal immunity to chose their own course of action on the issue. “Monsanto and other major corporations should not get to decide this,” Sanders proclaimed, “The people and their elected representatives should.” Sanders’ measure also would require the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to report to Congress within two years on the percentage of food and beverages in the United States that contain genetically engineered ingredients.”

“The concept we’re talking about today is a fairly commonsense and non-radical idea,” Sanders insisted before the vote this past Thursday. “All over the world, in the European Union, in many other countries around the world, dozens and dozens of countries, people are able to look at the food that they are buying and determine through labeling whether or not that product contains genetically modified organisms.”

In fact, the U.S. has tarried well behind the rest of the world on policy towards GMOs. Countries in the European Union, for instance, first began requiring labeling in 1997 and it has been reported that 64 nations now require GMO labeling.

Last year, Sanders submitted a similar amendment, but it experienced the same defeating fate. “I believe that when a mother goes to the store and purchases food for her child, she has the right to know what she is feeding her child,” Sanders said. The Vermont Senator has since vowed to resuscitate the bill and continue the effort to label GMOs.

The Opposition’s Perspective: Delusional at Best, Diabolical at Worst

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chair of the Agriculture Committee, argued that the Sanders Amendment was “not germane to the farm bill.” She insisted the labeling GMO’s are counterproductive to recent scientific advances and are in opposition to the public interests in healthy food choices.

“This particular amendment would interfere with the FDA’s science-based process to determine what food labeling is necessary for consumers,” Stabenow said.

“It’s also important to note that around the world now we are seeing genetically modified crops that have the ability to resist crop diseases and improve nutritional content and survive drought conditions in many developing countries,” she added. “We see wonderful work being done by foundations like the Gates Foundation and others, that are using new techniques to be able to feed hungry people,” she said, although to assume that labeling GMO’s would affect such endeavors takes an irrational leap of misguided Big Ag propaganda.

“I believe we must rely on the FDA’s science-based examination before we make conclusions about food ingredients derived from genetically modified foods,” Stabenow said. “They currently do not require special labeling because they’ve determined that food content of these ingredients does not materially differ from their conventional counterparts.”

Don’t Take This Lying Down

Contact your local Senator today and share your outrage. Let them know that you demand to know what’s in your food. Your voice and your vote counts!

About the author: Eric is a peer-reviewed, published researcher. His work on heart disease and autism has been accepted internationally at various scientific conferences through organizations like the American Public Health Association and Australian-based Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Be sure to follow his research – here at: NaturalHealth365.com.

Sources:
http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=3F615351-AAF6-4A6B-99CA-852DBCDE8CB9
http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/GMO-foods-subject-of-bill-in-U-S-Senate-4460967.php
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/gmo-labeling-bill-genetically-modified-food_n_3325972.html

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  • Mama Z

    Come on people! We need to wake up, stand up and fight. The hybrid food we call GMO has bread some of the nutrients out of it, made sterol food where you couldn’t even replant the seeds because it made not to reproduce and bug resistant crops. If the bugs aren’t even attracted to it then why would we be. My dad, a fruit tree grower, always says go for the fruit with the bird peck marks because that’s the best tasting fruit. If birds and bugs don’t like it we need to ask ourselves why would we want it!

  • Tom

    These articles are written but give no details on how to contact our congresspeople. At least give a link so we can do something. Most people do not know how to go about to contact anyone. I have said before many times with these people pushing something on the public. Let them first do the testing on thier families before telling us what we must eat. After the test is completed after ten years or so then if all goes well or not well let us decide if we want it. Don’t force something on me that you and your family haven’t been eating yourself. Prove to us that you and your loved ones are eating it with medical testing for at least ten years before telling me and my loved one to eat it.

  • Verna Lewis

    I agree that we need to stand up but as Tom said, there ought to be a link that would enable us to contact the congress persons. I am willing to do whatever it takes to campaign and/or stand up against them.

  • NaturalHealth365

    There is a link in the article to contact your local Senator.

    It is in the last paragraph of the article
    Just Click
    Contact your local Senator today

  • Jorge Escorcia

    Stabenow, is she for real? She’s making her opposition to the bill on FDA SCIENCE..the same science intelligence that allowed the poultry people to feed chickens w/ carninogens for 60+ yrs. What rock has she been under?

  • Buggs

    It is not difficult to find your congressmen. It is as easy as Googling it. I do it all the time and I finally bookmarked it after the umpteenth time. For the House, reps are listed by State: house.gov/representatives/#state_me [OR] you can try this page: house.gov/representatives/find/
    For the Senate: senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

    Yes, we do need to FIGHT this. It is infuriating that they continue this garbage and side w/ Monsanto. Enough is enough is enough.

  • Alice Canty

    Conspiracy Theory, a secret plan (by two or more people/persons) to commit a crime or do harm and the supposition or system of ideas explaining it on general principles independent of the particular things to be explained. If someone calls you a Conspiracy Theorist, wear the lable proudly. Stop letting your intelligence and natural understanding of the order of things be skewed by your disbelief in “your lying eyes”.

    Who benefits, why, how, and who makes this possible? What is the end result, the end game? Can we say POPULATION CONTROL PEOPLE? Why would I assume such a thing? How could I come to such a theory? When a system does so many things detrimental to our ability to be healthy and to even survive, what other conclusion can one come to? We can follow the money and see the ignorance, culpability or evil lifekilling design in many areas. Do we simply think there was not enough “empirical study” done to determine the truth of the consequences of using these “foods”? If you can’t or won’t think for yourselves, my God, then people think for your children, your grandchildren.

    Many of you reading this don’t believe in God (and many that do don’t take care of His creation). That’s okay. There is still great WISDOM in many places in the Bible FOR ANYONE and probably the most important of any verses is “MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE!!!!” We are DYING for lack of knowledge.

    I don’t care what I am called because of this post so don’t waste your time if you think it is nonsense or whatever to think this. If you examine the end result, what other theory can you come to? I am an old woman and I don’t know how much longer I have to live but I would like my tiny little great-granddaughter to be able to live and be healthy to a ripe old age. I wish that for people, especially children around the world. What manner of EVIL exists that does not give a damn and will prevent their healthy survival?

    If you think this is insane, how many of you think or believe you and your family members will be in the 500,000,000 (1/2 billion people) planned target of the “population reduction industry”, out of the existing 700,000,000,000 (7 billion+) that exists now? Good Luck!!!!

  • MJH Raichyk

    Have you no self-respect?!!

    Stop this begging and LEARN from your experience. Don’t bother asking a government that does not deserve to exist as proven by its flaunting of its violations of the constitution, the one and ONLY document that gives any rights to government to exist.

    Face reality and favor your best friends in the food industry and simply ask them to label their stuff NON-GMO and get what you wanted with no begging of criminals who thrash you to death constantly. Wake up, stop begging, start being a mensch!

    Then make it clear to the market that we will ONLY BUY THINGS LABELED NON-GMO or ORGANIC and give the criminals the middle finger while you and your family prosper. ttyl

  • Jim Wolfe

    Sen. Stabenow L’ll give you an FDA science based process on Aspartame it’s called Donald Runsfeld.

  • Jeannie Danford

    Buy organic, local when you can and grow your own when you can. If you don’t buy their crap, they will have to change or go out of business. Vote out the politicians who do not support and support the Bernie Sanders’ of the world.

  • Joan Lawrence

    “Delusional” is being nice. I think the more apt word would be ‘deceit’. All the pro-GMO people have to know that there is really no science backing GMOs, that GMO farms are going under right and left,,. That GMO farmers have to use more not less sprays, etc.. that animals used in real science studies have reproductive problems and that now we humans have more and more GI problems and diabetes. And it goes on and on. There have been real scientific studies done by Jeffrey Smith and good documentaries done by Michael Murphy. One would have to be extremely stupid or live on another planet to have missed all this info….ergo: ‘deceitful’ is the better word!!!

  • Eileen W

    My plan is to inform all the young mothers / fathers who I know about the dangers of GMO’s. There is nothing more powerful than new parents who are protecting their young children. They just need information.

  • KEVIN

    Monsanto does not care about us they dont care about nature
    all they do is wipe us face of this country with their GMOs

  • Emil Beaulieu

    I have a solution to everyone’s problem. Please tell me what you think of this idea.

    Here we are spending lots of time, energy and money trying to get a law passed to label GMO foods without success so far. Politicians won’t listen to us as they seem to have forgotten who they work for. The food companies are the same. They keep producing food full of GMO’s. Even without GMO’s in most packaged or processed food, they still contain high levels of chemicals, preservatives, antibiotics, growth hormones and other crap that is really not fit for human consumption. These foods contain no nutritional value. This is all done in the name of profits. Even if we manage to get a GMO labeling law passed, we will still have all this other crap in these foods.

    Why don’t we do this. Why don’t we do something they will truly understand. It’s so simple that I can’t believe no one has thought of it yet. We all stop buying packaged and processed foods of any kind. Just buy whole foods that we know are not genetically modified. We stop eating restaurant food and fast food as well. Our bodies will love us for it and we will be sending a powerful message. It’s a pretty safe bet that all packaged and processed foods including restaurant and fast foods contain GMO’s. We don’t need a label to know that. The reason that we want a labelling law passed is to stop food companies from using GMO ingedients. These companies that stand to make a profit on our health will get a rude awakening. If Monsanto can’t sell their food they will eventually go broke. The food companies would have to answer to their shareholders as to why they are losing money. The food companies would in turn have to start producing better quality foods if they did not want to go broke. The only thing these companies understand is profits, so lets hit them where they are most vulnerable. We as a people if we stand together have the power.

    I decided a while back to only eat whole organic food. I can’t tell you the difference it’s done for my health. Not everyone can afford to eat organic, especially if you have a large family but you could at least switch to all whole foods. If we keep eating the crap foods they produce, they will keep making it.

  • J. Russell Lemon

    If GMOs are so great, why are the White House and congressional cafeterias organic? Why do Monsanto’s gene splicers insist on a non-GMO cafeteria? Foods deficient in nutrients [RoundUp Ready] and contribute to type 2 diabetes, infertility, miscarriage and memory loss should be labeled. Foods registered as a toxic pesticide and that puts holes in your stomach and gut and contribute to attention deficit disorder, MS, and ALS need to be labeled. NoGMO.FarTooMuch.Info

  • John Montgomery, III

    It is obvious that the American government has approved the mass murder of Americans for corporate profits. Did you ever think that you elected officials might consume some of this poison without knowing it. Do you have a death wish? It kills. Do some research and find out how evil and poisonous GMO’s are.

  • Carole Gaulden

    Apparently these Senators are afraid of being reprimanded by those in charge and not caring about the health of American citizens. How can we get a list of the Senators voting against labeling of GMO?

  • Jane zion

    im

    totally against gmos.
    labeling is a must

  • tonylane

    my only conclusion to this that the senate has either been threatened or is in league with this declaration of war against the American people and the rest of the world.

  • Emily M

    Firstly congratulations to Monsanto and the other GM companies for helping us turn away from Packaged processed food to a more raw, organic nutritious diet. We were designed to consume fresh home grown or local produce.
    My suggestion is, avoid processed food altogether, start growing some salad vegetables (easy for anyone, no matter how much room you have) be creative. Stop giving your power away to multinationals and take control of your health. There may be a time when will need to be self reliant so start practicing it now. It is fun and great to be able to go to the vegie patch each day and select the food we will eating. It will be more nutritious and chemical free what a bonus!
    Encourage pretator insects to your garden like lady birds, wasps that eat green caterpillars etc. There is much on organic garden on the net. Most importantly, enjoy life and stop giving this draconian technology any more energy. Put your energy into more positive things.

  • Sandy

    Bernie Sanders’ amendment is just a sop to trick people into thinking something’s being done. All it would do is further distort court proceedings by “giving” states a narrow type of immunity against lawsuits. This is more lawyers writing more laws to enrich themselves and their buddies.

    Congress has the authority AND the ability to force the FDA to retract their assertion that GMOs do not materially differ from natural foods. This is the step which must be taken. Then Monsanto & friends would not have a leg to stand on in court.

    Monsanto is a lawyer-driven company. All laws which benefit lawyers over laypersons will ultimately work in Monsanto’s favor. Without their intimidating lawsuit threats, Monsanto would be nothing.

    Please urge your Congress-Criminals to put together a straightforward law which declares that any product of an unnatural union must be labeled clearly as such. Frogs cannot interbreed with corn any more than tomatoes can interbreed with fish. Don’t let our energy and passion be derailed by mere distractions like the Sanders amendment. Keep the focus and we can turn this ship around!