July 18, 2016
We Have Been Betrayed
As we watch the world go into a spin with fear from terrorism, there is another insidious form of alarm right here in our midst.
If you read my Lu’s Views last week and my alert about the passing of the DARK Act 2 by the Senate (you will have to read July 11th Issue #16, to understand), I am so very saddened. It seems the freedoms we have known in the past are slowly eroding. Even the Food & Drug Administration recognizes the Monsanto DARK Act 2 as a total sham.
We were finally getting somewhere with the labeling of GMO foods, many national food companies had already started providing simple and clear on-package GMO labeling. The food companies were recognizing that with 85% of the American people wanting clear labeling, they were looking at their bottom line. We the people, were affecting these big companies by having our voices heard through our purchasing power. This is how it should be. We pride ourselves on free enterprise, and this is the optimum of free enterprise.
But now under the new law proposed, food companies could avoid any mention of genetic engineering on their packages. In this bill introduced by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-Kan) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) the law would allow companies to choose between using symbols and electronic codes. Consumers would be directed to “scan here” for more information with a smart phone to find out the information or be provided with a phone number “for more information.” Also, the law provides no federal penalties for violations of the labeling requirements, which means it really has no teeth.
The other side of all this is that Vermont’s law on labeling which went into effect on July 1st, would be nullified immediately, ignoring the voice of the people!
What also gets me upset, are the untruths that the media continually promotes as fact.
In my newspaper yesterday, it stated “using genetically modified crops, farmers have reduced pesticide use by 37% over the last 20 years.” This was reported by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications. Take a guess who funds this organization. Just to name a few, Monsanto, Rockefeller Bros. Fund and Bayer. Whose interest do you think they serve?
This report is actually contrary to what is happening. It is reported that between 1996-2011, Roundup ready GMO crops increased herbicide use in the US by 527 million pounds. This increase in use of the herbicides are actually producing “super weeds” that are becoming immune to these chemicals, thereby having to increase the use. See Issue #14.
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