New Bill On Senate Floor Coud Mean More Protection For Monsanto
Let's start a few years ago, when the public first heard about the "Monsanto Protection Act". A bill was introduced allowing large corporate businesses to ignore (or override) United States Federal Courts on the issue of planting experimental, genetically-engineered crops all over the country. What you may not know is that once the public learned more, they actually named the bill themselves. It was dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act", since that's exactly what it did - protect a harmful corporation.
This bill basically left the government without the proper amount of power to stop other biotechnology corporations from planting and harvesting harmful foods. So what's happening now? A new bill is being introduced (and 4 politicians voted to take it to the Senate floor) that would permanently preserve Monsanto’s ability to technically deceive consumers. The “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act Of 2015" is what it's called (although we aren't exactly sure the name fits the description) and it has been proposed by Congressman Mike Pompeo. The act seeks to override bills in over 24 states that require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled accordingly.
If that's what they want to call "safe and accurate food labeling", then we have a real problem. And people in over 30 states understand this. There are movements to get legislation in place that would require warning labels on all products containing GMOs. However, their efforts may render useless.
This new bill uses language the deems most of these crops perfectly "safe" to consume. This idea is baffling if you consider the concerns of many educated, well-informed individuals. There are large groups of people who do not appreciate the lack of importance placed on true, organic farming. Joan Goodall states that "the bill then sets to work to convince the public and government officials, through the dissemination of false information, that there was an overwhelming expert consensus, based on solid evidence, that the new foods were safe.”
There are basically just as many reputable publications that outline the safety of genetically modified foods, as there are that outline the serious risks of consuming genetically modified food. It's clear to us that a bill claiming there is "no scientific evidence" of genetic modification being dangerous whatsoever, is simply false. If there is this much cause for a substantial debate, why are we taking such a great risk with the health and lives of all Americans?!
David Suzuki, a geneticist and environmental activist, states that "most developed nations have policies requiring mandatory labeling of GMO foods at the very least, and some have issued bans on GMO food production and imports.” (DavidSuzuki.com). This should be another obvious red flag to our government and to our people. There are tangible records of other advanced countries labeling any GMO foods; we can't believe this to be a useless action. It's understandable why people want answers. And it's disheartening that our government "protection" acts made to keep us safe are causing such chaos and fear.
This is a blog, so we are not going to present a full-length research paper. However, we do encourage our readers to educate themselves further on the subject. The only way to shut down unhealthy practices and to keep our families healthy and safe is for the people of the American democracy system to speak up. There are hundreds of studies available, and numerous concerns that have been raised when it comes to GMOs. These concerns deserve our focused attention. People have the human right to know what it is they are choosing to consume, and the right to demand safe farming practices.
The consumption of these crops has been shown to cause negative side effects. EcoWatch has listed various cases where GMO's have been linked to severe health problems like ADHD, Alzheimer's and more. Check it out before you decide where you stand.
When a bill reads that there is no cause for alarm, we suggest you realize this could be misguided information. How are these health records and proven cause for concern being ignored? We don't know, but we have our ideas. It's obvious there is a problem and a necessary debate.
We suggest all of our readers check out our previous post on Why Organic Eating Is So Important, as well as our Soil Vs. Hydroponic Growing article, to learn more about why removing GMO's from your diet is imperative to your overall health and longevity. And we encourage you to always take action in your local governments to help keep Americans safe and well-fed. What do you think about the Monsanto debate? Sign-up today and share. We love hearing from our readers and hope to get everyone involved in the organic eating movement!
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