Politics is not my thing but when politicians’ votes affect my food is when I want to do my part to help turn the tide.
Last week the House of Representatives voted for H.R. 1599,the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 (better known as the DARK – Deny Americans the Right to Know- Act) a bill that will prohibit State’s rights to require mandatory labeling of foods that contain Genetically Modified ingredients. This means that the states, like Vermont, and individual counties that have banned GMO crops from their jurisdictions will not be able to enforce them due to Federal law overrides.
GMO crops (such as corn, soy, canola and sugar beets) are in many of our processed foods and have been connected to a host of chronic illnesses, including cancer. If you want the assurance of knowing exactly what is in your food and that it is free of harmful, engineered pesticides, help to stop H.R. 1599 by contacting your Senators here.
An organization that you can support that is working very hard to help get GMO products labeled is the Organic consumers Association. Contact them to learn more about GMOs and how you can help get GMOs labeled.
Driving GMOs and Monsanto’s Roundup off the Market
April 21, 2015
by Dr. Mercola
Since genetically engineered (GE) crops, foods, and animal drugs were brazenly forced onto the market in 1994 by Monsanto and the FDA, with neither pre-market safety testing nor labels required, consumers and small farmers worldwide have mobilized to ban, label, or boycott these controversial “Frankenfoods.”
With mounting scientific evidence1 underlining the human health and environmental toxicity of GE foods, and growing alarm over the toxic pesticides such as Monsanto’s Roundup that invariably accompany genetically modified organisms (GMOs), currently 64 nations require mandatory labeling of GMOs.
Numerous states and regions in the European Union, and several dozen entire nations, including Switzerland, Australia, Austria, China, India, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, and Russia, have banned GMO crops altogether.2
In the European Union (EU), where mandatory labeling laws are in effect, little or no GMO crops or food are on the market (except for imported GMO animal feed). In addition to banning GMOs, a growing number of countries, including El Salvador and Sri Lanka, have begun to ban the use of Monsanto’s Roundup.
This toxic herbicide is sprayed heavily on 84 percent of all GMO crops, and increasingly applied as a pre-harvest desiccant, or drying agent, on scores of other non-GMO crops including wheat, rice, beans, potatoes, barley, oats, flax, peas, lentils, and sugar cane.
Even in the US where 168 million acres of GE crops are under cultivation (including 90 percent or more of all corn, soy, cotton, canola, and sugar beets), survey after survey has shown that Americans, especially mothers and parents of small children, are either suspicious of, or alarmed by, unlabeled GMOs.
This is understandable given the toxic track records of the chemical companies pushing this technology (Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, Dupont, BASF, and Bayer), as well as the mounting scientific evidence that these controversial foods and crops—and the toxic herbicides and insecticides sprayed on them or laced into their cells—severely damage or kill birds, bees, butterflies, lab rats, farm animals, and humans.
Currently US regulatory agencies, in sharp contrast to Europe, rely on industry’s own indentured scientists to determine whether GMOs—and the toxic chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers that accompany their use—are “safe” for human health, animals, the environment, and the climate.
Meanwhile mass media journalists and food industry representatives monotonously regurgitate Monsanto’s dangerous mantra: Genetically engineered foods and crops are just as safe as “conventional” foods and crops, and there is no “mainstream scientific evidence” that GMOs are dangerous.
Consumers Want Genetically Engineered Foods to Be Labeled
Polls consistently indicate that 90 percent of Americans want to know whether or not their food has been genetically engineered, even though massive lobbying and advertising by the GMO lobby has prevented labeling laws from passing at the federal level and in most US states.
The notable exceptions are mandatory GMO fish labels in Alaska (passed in 2005) and mandatory food labels in Vermont (passed in 2014). In addition nine counties in the US have banned the cultivation of GMOs.
Stimulating demands for GMO labeling or bans, the prestigious IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) of the World Health Organization published a report3 in March 2015 declaring that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (active agent glyphosate), sprayed heavily on 84 percent of all GMO crops (including soy, corn, cotton, canola, and sugar beets) is a “probable carcinogen.”
After reviewing 44 scientific studies, half of the IARC panel thought that that glyphosate should be classified as a Group 1 “known carcinogen,” with the other half opting for a Group 2 “probable carcinogen” rating.
Given the fact that new peer-reviewed studies damning glyphosate are being published nearly every week, the IARC may very well reclassify glyphosate as a “known carcinogen” in the near future.
10 Actions We Need to Take to Protect Ourselves and Our Families
- Stop Congress from passing… R. 1599,the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 which would take away states’ rights to pass mandatory GMO food labeling bills, and make it legal for unscrupulous food and beverage companies to continue mislabeling GMO-tainted foods as “natural” or “all natural.”
- Stop Congress from “fast-tracking” and passing secretly negotiated “Free Trade” agreements (the TPP-Trans-Pacific Partnership, and TTIP-Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) that would weaken consumer and states’ rights to label and safety test GMO and factory-farmed foods.Contact your member of Congress and tell them to oppose Fast Track.
- Support the passage of more state laws requiring mandatory labels on GMOs.
- Pass more bans on GMOs, neonicotinoids, and Roundup (glyphosate) at the township, city, and county levels.
- Support Vermont, Maui (Hawaii), Jackson, and Josephine counties (Oregon) in their federal and state legal battles to uphold their laws requiring labels and/or bans on GMOs.
- Educate the public on the dangers and cruelty of GMO-fed, factory-farmed meat, dairy and egg products, and join the “Great Boycott” of all factory-farmed foods.
- Support mandatory state legislation to label dairy products and chain restaurant food coming from factory farms or CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations).
- Pressure natural food stores, coops, and restaurants to follow the lead of Whole Foods Market and the Natural Grocer to label and/or ban all GMO-derived foods, including meat and animal products and deli foods.
- Educate your friends and family on the positive health, environmental, ethical, and climate friendly (greenhouse gas sequestering) attributes of organic, grass-fed, and pasture-raised food and farming.
- Boycott the “Traitor Brand” productsof the Grocery Manufacturers Association, International Dairy Foods Association, and the Snack Food Association.10
Also please consider making a donation to the Organic Consumers Association. Your donation today will help us support GMO labeling efforts in New England, including Maine and Massachusetts.
- 1 Earthopensource,org
- 2 The Nation October 29, 2013
- 3 Organic Consumers Association March 20, 2015
- 4 Organic Consumers Association March 28, 2015
- 5 Organic Consumers Association October 15, 2014
- 6 Washingtonblog.com November 17, 2014
- 7 Reuters April 17, 2015
- 8 GM Watch May 3, 2013
- 9 Institute of Science in Society March 24, 2015
- 10 Organic Consumers Association May 14, 2014
Source: Read the full article at Dr. Mercola
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The best way to avoid GMOs is to eat organic foods of all kinds and stay away from non-organic, processed foods.
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