Monsanto already succeeded in passing Rep. Mike Pompeo’s H.R. 1599 bill, otherwise known as the DARK Act, in the House this summer by a vote of 275 to 150. Now we need to make sure we stop their dangerous plan from going through the Senate.
The Senate Agricultural Committee, which is heavily influenced by companies like Monsanto, has scheduled a hearing on October 21st, just three weeks away, to try to take state’s rights to label GMO away from them. This means that big wins in Vermont and Maui County would become null and void. It also means you would never know if you were eating a GM product or not when you pick up food in grocery store aisles.
It would also allow GMOs to be labeled ‘natural’ so lawsuits which hold large companies liable for lying to consumers about what is in their food (ie., Kellogg’s recent Kashi fiasco) would become a thing of the past. Big Food is basically saying this: ‘we’ll tell you what’s safe, and we’ll call something natural even if it’s made in a lab, and you’ll shut up and eat it.’
If this is not something you want to see happen, then I suggest you contact your senator and tell them exactly what you think of H.R. 1599.
Some say a quarter of our US senators have been bought out by Monsanto, so it is imperative that we get to the ones that haven’t been tainted with biotech money.
As Natural Society previously reported:
“Looking at these figures, over $260,000 was openly pumped into the House, and $122,000 was pumped into the Senate. And again, this is openly. I’m speculating, but I would imagine the real number to easily be in the millions. Can you imagine how much they must pay these politicians to shoot down GMO labeling bills that 90 plus percent of the entire country wants?
Or how about the nice chunk of cash that Monsanto paid Senator Roy Blunt to ‘help write’ the Monsanto Protection Act that grants Monsanto immunity from federal courts? Roy’s cash payment is not included in this list, however RT reports he received $64,250 towards his campaign from the company. Surely they expected nothing in return.”
To find out how your Congressman voted on House Vote 462 to pass H.R.1599 275 to 150, click here.
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Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.