In another display of widespread grassroots support for GMO labeling following the suspicious failure of GMO labeling bill Prop 37 in California, a new petition calls upon the Obama administration to require the FDA to label GMOs within consumer products. Growing in popularity each hour, the petition is receiving thousands of signatures per day and currently stands at over 13,390.
The petition comes as more and more activists have been taking to the streets and labeling GMO-containing products for themselves using printable warning stickers.
It seems that the bottom line is that the public will not settle for major corporations dictating what they can and cannot know — especially when it comes to what they are putting into their mouths. As the petition description states plainly on the White House website, corporations have taken over the food supply through patented genetically modified seeds and various extortion methods. And on the economic side, what happens if these juggernauts use their agricultural foothold to secure further profits through charging unknowing consumers exorbitant prices?
The petition description states:
“Corporations have patented our food with GMOs and now control of our food supply… what happens if they decide there is a shortage or raise prices?”
Label GMOs: Monsanto Bankrupting Small Farms, Eliminating Competition
We have seen in the past the numerous ways in which Monsanto takes advantage of small farmers, ultimately thought to be a major influence in the shocking number of farmer suicides within India’s poverty-stricken ‘suicide belt’ where a farmer commits suicide every 30 minutes. In total, there has been a quarter of a million suicides over the past 16 years. Suicides that experts believe Monsanto’s expensive and ineffective seeds and biopesticides are one of the largest (if not the largest) contributing factors.
Back in 2008, the Daily Mail labeled the scenario the ‘GM genocide‘. In the report, journalists spoke to families ruined by Monsanto’s GMO seeds that failed to increase yield and ultimately bankrupted many poor farming communities — many taking their own lives with Monsanto’s very own biopesticides. In a disturbing statement from one of the farmers to a Daily Mail reporter, the wife of a farmer who committed suicide after signing his finances away to Monsanto explained:
‘We are ruined now,’ said one dead man’s 38-year-old wife. ‘We bought 100 grams of BT Cotton. Our crop failed twice. My husband had become depressed. He went out to his field, lay down in the cotton and swallowed insecticide.’
The time is now for citizens to demand labeling to put Monsanto out of business. As more and more consumers realize what they are eating contains GMOs, they will simply choose products that do not contain them. In the process, corporations will be forced to switch to non-GMO alternatives. It would be the end of Monsanto, or at least a financially crushing blow that they would likely not recover from. Take action below and sign the petition. It currently needs around 11,000 more signatures before it is legally required for the Obama administration to respond.