New Bill Would Give Monsanto Immunity and Squash GMO Labeling
Biotech would grow GMOs without labels or consumer input
If ever there was a GMO lackey and puppet that stood for the poisoning of the people with GMOs over standing up for the constituents who voted him into office, its Representative Mike Pompeo. There’s a special kind of ‘wow’ reserved for Congressional bills like the one he’s once again proposing on behalf of Monsanto and Big Biotech.
The Kansas Republican would like to re-introduce Monsanto’s dream bill – it would give Monsanto, and their friends like Syngenta, Dow, and Bayer carte blanche (complete freedom) to grow GMO foods without labels, without state rights, and without consumer choice. It is a law that promotes the biotech agenda through and through. It was introduced during the last congressional sessions, but fortunately, did not pass. Pompeo is presenting it again.
If the US ever wanted to just write Monsanto a blank check for their biotech herbicides and GMO crops, known for ruining health and damaging soil, then this legislation, dubbed by critics the Deny Americans the Right-to-Know (DARK) Act, is it.
Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association says the bill:
“. . .is not only anti-consumer, but anti-democracy and anti-state’s rights as well.”
“Understanding that they are losing the battle at the state level to keep consumers in the dark about whether or not their food is genetically engineered, Monsanto and its minions are now prepared to abolish consumer choice and overturn state’s constitutional rights so that they can continued to force feed us their GMO food.”
Forget all the progress that non-GMO advocates have made so far, too, if this bill receives enough support in Congress to actually pass. With its passing, it would preempt any local or state requirement thus overturning existing laws in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine – a direct attack to state sovereignty.
This is sad, news, concerning the fact that most Americans want GMOs to be labeled (at least). Polls show that a whopping 92% of US citizens are asking their government to label GE foods.
Despite this landslide request, Monsanto, Bayer, and Syngenta have infiltrated our governments to such an extent that nothing short of firing all of Congress, the FDA, the EPA, and the Senate would give us a chance to slay the biotech dragon that has its hold over us.
“This poll underscores that, across the country, consumers want labeling of GE food, including GE salmon, and consider safety standards set by the government of such food imperative,” said Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports.
We can’t let Monsanto, who already was able to pass HR 933 – dubbed “the Monsanto Protection Act” – pass this legislation through Pompeo, too. The previous bill effectively bared federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future.
Interestingly, the World Health Organization has even admitted that glyphosate – created to be used specifically with GMO crops – is carcinogenic.
You can help spread the word, and of course, contact Mike Pompeo if you live in Kansas. Heck, contact him if you live in Bulgaria! The world should let him know we’re onto him, and his biotech buyout!
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.