Across this great nation of ours, state and local organizations are trying to insure healthy foods for you, me, our families, friends, and all the generations yet to come. Unfortunately though, big corporations like Monsanto or Kraft, are allowed to throw billions of dollars into advertising and their highly paid lobbying groups to prevent that from happening.
Common sense tells us that when foods we consume are no longer natural, as God or Mother Nature had intended them to be, they cannot possibly be better for us. When all of a food’s healthful nutrition has been stripped away and infused with something man-made, it cannot be healthier for us. Or, when you try to cross-breed tomatoes with fish, or you feed slave fish coloring to make them look like the ‘real’, natural, wild caught variety, or when you mix a bunch of chemicals together to make it look like something natural (like cheese) that doesn’t need refrigeration, there cannot be anything healthful about it! When your body goes to digest such an unnatural concoction, it has to wonder where the nutrition is and what it is to do with all those chemical components! When you strip all of the natural enzymes out of a product that will aid in a person’s digestion (like milk) and replace those natural enzymes with chemicals, how can you imagine that product to be healthier? And, when large corporations try to take away your right and ability to purchase natural food based vitamins and minerals so they can sell you their man made, chemically based products instead … do you think they have the betterment of your health in mind? Or, are they looking to make themselves and their stockholders wealthier? Do you ever wonder why some countries will not buy our meats and produce? Why would our government allow us to eat what other countries and governments protect their people from?
We still have a say on what goes on our tables and into our bodies. Don’t allow big corporations to ‘buy’ your health and the health of those you love or the ones yet to be born. You and I and all of the people of this great nation have a right to know what it is we are eating or feeding to those we love.
Below is a call to action from Organic Bytes. Please take the time to read and respond to their call for help in stopping Big Foods gross manipulation of our foods and our right to know. Thank you …
Revealed: Big Food’s New Plan to Kill GMO Labeling Laws
The food industry is going door-to-door on Capitol Hill, seeking lawmakers willing to sponsor a bill to preempt state mandatory GMO labeling laws by substituting a weak federal “solution.”
The “solution” Big Food has in mind, revealed on Jan. 7 by POLITICO, would limit the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) power to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It would also wipe out states’ rights to enact mandatory labeling laws, and would guarantee companies the right to use the word “natural” on products that contain GMOs.
Big Food’s plan also would likely try to appease consumers by including weak FDA guidance on voluntary labeling of GMOs—guidance that would exempt common ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, canola oil and others. And require little or no independent verification for claiming a product is GMO-free.
It’s not as though we didn’t see it coming.
Last week, after learning that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (Big Food’s lobbying group), had petitioned the FDA to allow food makers to use the word “natural” on GMO-contaminated foods, we predicted a treacherous road ahead for the anti-GMO movement in 2014.
In 2013, we warned about a letter to the FDA asking the agency to finalize its 2001 guidance on voluntary labeling of GMOs—a move we suggested then, and still believe, would preempt state and federal mandatory labeling of GMOs.
In a recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, two former government officials floated the idea of a compromise that would include allowing specific amounts of GMOs, and/or exemptions for certain ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup or canola oil, where processing has made it impossible to detect GMO ingredients. The authors also reiterated industry’s argument that if consumers want GMO-free, they can buy organic. In response, one scientist told the OCA:
“That is a smokescreen that allows the biotech industry to avoid taking responsibility for the harm caused by their patented, transgenic creations. Without mandatory GMO labeling, there is no way to understand public health impacts or conduct epidemiological research on diets containing GMOs.”
After decades of quietly profiting by contaminating food products with cheap, unsafe GMO-contaminated ingredients, the food industry sees those profits at risk. They’ve spent millions to defeat laws that are common in 60 other countries. Now, in an effort to undermine state laws, and subvert the democratic process, Big Food wants to cut a deal with Congress and the FDA. A deal that will provide no meaningful protection for consumers, and hand industry yet another free pass to poison and pollute.
Consumers have been clear. More than 90 percent of us want mandatory GMO labeling laws. No voluntary schemes. No watered-down regulations. No compromises. Please sign our petition to the FDA asking the agency to reject any federal law that is weaker than the state laws already passed in Maine and Connecticut, and proposed in Vermont and other states.
Tell the FDA: Don’t Cave
The FDA made the wrong decision in 1992 when it caved in to Monsanto, and ruled that genetically engineered foods were “substantially equivalent” to non GE foods.
Now the food industry, led by its multi-billion dollar lobbying arm, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), wants the FDA to protect Big Food’s profits by ruling against mandatory GMO labeling laws.
It’s time for the FDA to protect consumers, not corporations.