You know what I am really tired of? I’m tired of the government and government agencies trying to tell us what foods to eat and what products to buy. I have a right to purchase homeopathic remedies, and to know what is in my food. I have a right to know how food is made. I have a right to know whether or not the food on my plate has been genetically modified. And so do you.
Whether or not you choose to purchase conventional or genetically modified/edited food is completely your choice. Or is it?
Let me rephrase that for a moment. Whether or not you choose to purchase conventional or genetically modified/edited food should be completely your choice. It should be up to you. Perhaps you and I feel differently about the subject. That is perfectly fine. As long as each of us is given the information we deserve in order to form our own opinions and make our own decisions.
Yet once again, the government may step in and deny us that right. Legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) would effectively deny both mandatory and voluntary ways for consumers to know what is in our food, and whether or not it contains genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.
This proposed legislation would:
– Block federal or state acts requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. (This would make laws already on the books in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine null and void.)
– Block states from regulating how GMO crops are produced.
– Prohibit food companies from making voluntary non-GMO claims.
– Prohibit food manufacturers from implying that non-GMO foods are superior to GMO foods.
– Restrict the authority of the FDA to encourage companies to disclose GE ingredients.
– Restrict the FDA’s ability to develop a national GMO labeling system.
Why is Mike Pompeo so worried that we might find out the truth behind genetically engineered foods? The mere fact that he and his supporters are going to such lengths to deny our right to know what is in our food is inherently suspicious. Don’t you agree?
Last time I checked, the very First Amendment in the Bill of Rights upon which this nation was founded says that Congress shall make no law which abridges the freedom of speech.
However, this legislation, now known as the DARK Act would effectively Deny Americans the Right to Know how the food we eat has been made. Not only would it severely limit state and county efforts to inform consumers, it would limit the protection of residents from exposure to herbicides used on GMO crops. Many schools, churches, homes, and other institutions are located within mere feet of farms that use herbicides on their GMO crops.
Food manufacturers developing GMO foods would be required to go through a safety review system prior to going to market. A review system which, in all likelihood, relies on industry-based (not years of unbiased third party) scientific research.
Let’s not forget to note that pesticides are sprayed on conventional (non-organic) crops as well. Conventional crops that are not genetically engineered are still welcome to seek an organic certification from the USDA. Buying items labeled as Certified Organic, 100% Organic, or USDA Organic still gives consumers a method for avoiding genetically modified foods. At least until representatives such as Mr. Pompeo try to take that away from us as well.
Mr. Pompeo, I understand that certain companies with lots of lobbying dollars may want you to tell me that genetically modified and genetically engineered foods are safe. These same companies may also want you to tell me that spraying synthetic pesticides on GMO crops is safe. They may tell you that everything from glyphosate and other herbicides, to parabens and phthalates are safe. In fact, they may give up quite a few bucks to get folks like you to tell folks like me that it is safe.
However, this is not a case where it looks like a duck or walks like one. A food is not safe enough for my family simply because you declare it so. It is my decision which products to buy and which foods to consume. You have no right whatsoever to keep me in the dark. The First Amendment says so.
Nine in ten Americans want mandatory GMO labeling. We simply want what 64 other countries already have, the right to know what is in our food and how it was grown. If this legislation should become law, consumers will have no longer have a way of knowing. We will be effectively left in the DARK.
Let me make this very clear. I will not vote for anyone, ever, who believes that lobbying dollars trump freedom.
Fortunately, the First Amendment also states that Congress shall make no law which abridges the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. So, if you agree that the DARK Act is simply un-American, please consider signing this petition: http://bit.ly/1QGftlx.
Please share it with friends and across your social media channels. Let’s not let our own government deny us the civil liberties we so rightly deserve.
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