GMO – Why the Need to Know
I hope you are not getting tired of my focusing on GMO right now. But this info is important. It is not an every day conversation, but I provide this information, just so you can have the knowledge to make good decisions about what you and your family are exposing your bodies to. Remember “I do the research, so you can choose wisely.” I will be going onto other pertinent subjects as well. But Florida and other states, will be asked to vote whether GMO labeling should be on foods that are GMO.
The DARK Act. I talked about this before, but this is a reminder of what this bill is about. Deny Americans the Right to Know Act. This bill tries to block the individual states from enacting their own GMO labeling laws. It has sort to keep consumers in the dark by allowing biotech companies, i.e., Monsanto, to continue masking their herbicides, pesticides and use of genetically modified organisms, in the food supply.
Vermont voters courageously voted to pass a law (which came into effect July 1st) to disclose GMO foods. California’s same bill was defeated last year due to MILLIONS of dollars spent by Monsanto and DuPont to defeat it, even though 85% of the people were for the bill. You Floridians will be asked to vote on this very issue in the near future. Other states will follow.
But, there is now a bill DARK 02, which seeks to stop states that vote to stop the DARK Act. It is now in the Senate. Why stop something the people over whelming want? The deep, deep pockets of Monsanto and the other biotech companies will most certainly affect their bottom line.
I am going to insert here an article from Natural News – naturalnews.com , which will explain it more fully.
Why do Big Food and Big Biotech keep fighting against Americans’ desire to know what they are putting in their bodies? If these genetically engineered ingredients and manipulations of nature are as safe as advertised, then why not be transparent about it all?
Let people make informed choices. 64 other nations around the world require some form of GMO labeling, including places like Russia and China.
If people don’t know what’s going into their bodies, how will the free market ever progress? When bills like the DARK Act are drafted, it becomes apparent that the federal government is owned by corporate demands. How will people ever be able to make a clear vote with their dollars if they don’t know what the hell they are buying in the first place?
Food companies use the excuse that it would cost too much to disclose GMO ingredients on the label, but that is such a sad excuse, because these corporations already waste millions of dollars lobbying the federal government to block GMO labeling!
Over the first two quarters of 2015, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Kraft, General Mills and Land O’Lakes disclosed $12.6 million on lobbying expenses for legislation that would stop state and federal GMO labeling. In the first half of 2015, trade associations, Big Food and Big Biotech all teamed up to spend $51.6 million to fight GMO labeling.
It’s important to know which products contain genetically modified ingredients so that consumers can avoid food that has been sprayed with glyphosate. Herbicides such as glyphosate, which destroy the microbiome and initiate disease processes in the body, should be avoided whenever possible. Glyphosate is now recognized as carcinogenic.
If enough states get on board with GMO labeling laws, it would become inevitable that Big Food and Big Biotech lose their stranglehold on the American people. Instead of using millions of dollars to lobby for secrecy, they would have to use the money to create new labels that tell the public exactly what is in their products. As transparency comes, the people can then vote with their dollars whether they want to remain suppressed by agro-chemicals, or want to support more organic agriculture practices.
I think this says it all.
Just a note, Dementia/Alzheimer’s is being diagnosed in younger adults by alarming numbers. Up to 100,000 people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s my have it. It used to be called a disease of the aging, not anymore. Why do you think there is such an alarming increase, not only in Dementia/Alzheimer’s, but in other diseases? If you have had any exposure to Dementia/Alzheimer’s you know what a horrible, wasteful disease this it. Use your thinking cape. Is it because we are being exposed to so many toxic chemicals?
There is a solution – hang in there.
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Just as I was about to send my Monday’s (today) Lu’s Views out, I received this notice that 63 US Senators robbed you of your right to know! The DARK 02 was passed.
The bill late Thursday night is intended to hide information (behind electronic codes) from consumers, not provide it—in plain English, on a label.
The bill passed is intended to exempt the vast majority of GMOs from even having to be hidden behind codes, much less labeled in plain sight.
The bill passed is voluntary—it contains no enforcement mechanism, no penalties for non-compliance. So, in other words, it has basically prevented us ever knowing what is actually in the food we are eating.
The bill passed is an attack on democracy, an attack on states’ rights. It not only overturns Vermont’s carefully considered and fairly debated mandatory GMO labeling law, but this bill overturns nearly 100 other state laws.
The bill passed late Thursday night is a fraud, an affront to the nine out of 10 Americans who want what citizens in 64 countries already have—the basic right to know what’s in our food.
I will keep you updated on this as I learn more.