The illustrious US Congress is (again) being used as a blunt instrument against their constituents, wielded (again) by Big (fill-in-the-blank) In this case, Big Ag.
I’m not perhaps as alarmed by the health risks of foods whose genes were modified “from the outside” rather than by selective breeding as has been done for millennia. But I am opposed to corporate control over even the knowledge of consumers of the ingredients of the things they put into our children (if we let them.)
And I am very much opposed to proprietary tyranny over seeds and fertilizers used to grow GMOs and to the ownership this gives over the world’s most important food crops. That of all resources should be fully democratic and not trade-marked by Monsanto, Dow and the other chemical dictators that currently call the shots. Except maybe NOT this time if we make enough noise. Hence please read and sign the petition if you are lead to do so…
“Recently introduced legislation (H.R.1599) would prohibit any state efforts to require labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs), overruling legislation already passed in Maine, Vermont and Connecticut as well as bills moving in many other states”…
“The Grocery Manufacturers Association, an industry group that represents Monsanto, Nestle, Dow, and Pepsi, is pushing this bill because it would let its members continue to keep quiet about their production and use of GMOs. 2
We need to make sure our members of Congress hear from their actual constituents, since they’re already hearing from the industry lobbyists. Over 90% of voters support required labels for GMOs.3 Industry should not use Congress to undermine the public’s right to know or the decisions of state legislatures that are responding to what their citizens want.
It’s our right to know what’s in our food, and corporations should not be allowed to keep us in the dark.”
But wait! There’s more…
The header image here is something we saw commonly on our trip last week to Missouri (though I did not take this picture.) Fields were yellow with what looked like common field cress. But no. This is a GMO crop you need to know about. You probably think it’s a better choice for your family. Think again.
So check back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion. Or just because you’re bored and have nowhere else to go. You’ll always be welcome here, where I reliably have an over-abundance of vacuous words (some of which I make up on the spot) to go around to serve the wandering web-browsing hobo.