(NaturalHealth365) The GMO labeling battle is really heating up. The United States government recently introduced the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” – a bill which would prohibit individual states from labeling genetically engineered foods.
Corporate profits are more important than public health. Multinational food producers do not think it’s necessary to inform the public about what’s in the food supply. They view such labeling laws as ‘prohibitive’, ‘restrictive’ and ‘limiting’. But, as Homeland Security officials would say – what have they got to hide?
Watch out Monsanto – the world is waking up!
The biotech industry is spending millions of dollars to keep you in the dark. In fact, companies like Monsanto, Kellogg’s and Pepsico – to name just a few – have spent over $30 million to defeat Washington state I-522 and California Proposition 37 – which would have required the labeling of any food with genetically modified organisms.
If this federal law is passed, by both chambers of the U.S. Congress, this would make any state law, requiring GMO labeling, null and void. Keep in mind – states like Vermont, Maine and Connecticut have already passed laws in favor of GMO labeling – with more states wanting to follow suit. In my mind, any anti-GMO labeling legislation clearly illustrates total ignorance of basic human biology and a complete lack of concern for human health.
A shameless display of corporate greed
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is now considering a lawsuit against the state of Vermont for unconstitutional infringement of free speech – on behalf of over 300 major food producers, which happen to sell genetically engineered food ingredients. Despite the overwhelming evidence that GMO foods pose a significant health risk – the GMA does not care to inform the public about genetically altered foods.
After all, in their minds, what’s the point?
What do corporate food executives have to say about GMO foods?
Spokesman Mark Klein summed up the position of Minnetonka, Minn.-based Cargill Inc., one of the world’s largest distributors of crops and meat, with a strong endorsement of the federal legislation and praise for genetic engineering.
He said foods with GMOs “are materially the same” as foods without them, he maintained. Genetic engineering “is not the only tool, but it is a powerful tool that can meet the growing demand for food.”
General Mills Inc., which spent more than $2 million helping to defeat the California and Washington labeling initiatives, backs the new U.S. House bill and called for a national labeling standard.
Louis Finkel, the vice president of government affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a trade group for food makers and distributors said, ’mandatory labeling for GMOs (genetically modified organisms) is not justified and would be misleading.’
He went on to say that the government only needs to mandate labeling to convey information about health, safety and nutrition. In other words, GMO foods have nothing to do with health, safety and the nutritional value of our food. (yeah, right)
Hormel endorsed the House bill and national standards. Land O’Lakes and Faribault Foods did not respond to requests for comment, but both companies have contributed to past food industry campaigns to defeat state labeling initiatives.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have not determined that genetically engineered food ingredients are ‘demonstrably different than an item that has not been genetically engineered,’ said William Hueston, coordinator of the University of Minnesota’s Food Policy Research Center.
Our spending dollars have real power to change the world
Each month, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans buy $56 billion to $68 billion worth of food to eat at home. That makes the stakes in the labeling war enormous for food producers and consumers.
This is where consumers can make a significant difference.
JustLabelIt.org has gathered 1.3 million signatures – directed toward the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – asking for mandatory labeling rules similar to those that took effect in Europe more than a decade ago.
This is a partial list of countries that require labeling: Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bosnia, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.
Currently, 64 countries – around the world – require labeling of genetically engineered foods. Unlike most other developed countries – such as 15 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and even China – the U.S. has no laws requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Very few of these countries have the freedom that America claims to give their citizens and very few of them have the resources of the United States. At some point, we must question the motives of our government and the food giants who are filling the shelves of every grocery store across the United States.
Make your voice heard. Support GMO labeling by contacting your local and state elected officials and tell them how you feel – in writing. As much as you can, make purchases of organic, non-GMO foods and if you’re buying processed foods – look for the non-GMO project verified seal.
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Remember, you and your spending dollars have tremendous power.
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