(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!
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