No, I’m not on a rant but I can get very outspoken on this matter.
I won’t bash you if you wish to eat GMO foods. I do not. I’ve had cancer. It came from somewhere. No one in my family history ever had kidney cancer. But it came from somewhere or something.
There is a bill that is frighteningly close to being passed into law. It’s called the “DARK” act. Denying Americans the Right to Know. On the surface, it might appear to be harmless but what is hidden there is that if passed, we will never have the right to know if our foods are from GMO crops or not. Never. States that have already passed truth in labeling laws will not be allowed to enforce those laws. States that in the future decide that they want to pass such laws will be prevented legally from doing so. Big Money aka Monsanto is standing firmly behind this law. Passage means more money in their pockets.
I don’t know about you but that scares the hell out of me. Do we seriously think Big Money will stop there? I’m not that naive. Why can’t we be allowed to have access to the truth about what is in our food? Why can’t we have the right to make our own decisions about what to eat and what to avoid? It just doesn’t make sense. Are we rats blindly following the Pied Piper?
The bill has already passed the House and is headed to the Senate for a vote SOON. I signed a petition against the DARK act and my e-mail address along with objections to GMO in our food supply went to David Vitter…a Senator from Louisiana.
I received what I believe to be a canned reply from him. Since the e-mail does not have the word “confidential” anywhere in it, I am enclosing the body here for you to read.
“Dear Mrs. Till,
Thank you for contacting me in opposition to genetically engineered crops. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As you know, many of the crops grown around the world are genetically engineered. Geneticists have developed strains of crops that possess a variety of special traits, such as the ability to produce higher yields, to better withstand agricultural pests, or to exhibit other traits that may benefit production or reduce harmful effects of pesticides.
Many have questioned the safety of genetically engineered crops. However, with the world’s population growing, specialized crops are being explored as a way to meet the world’s increasing food needs. Rest assured I will keep your thoughts in mind as the Senate considers these issues and as I continue working to support a safe and stable food supply.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about any other issue important to you. “
Senator David Vitter
United States Senator”
So……I responded with:
“You miss the point. The point is that the public has the right to know what is in the foods that we are eating. If you want to eat foods from GMO crops, that is fine with me. I do not want to do that. Labels should be factual in listing where and how these foodstuffs are grown. An informed public is an advantage to everyone. Do not vote to take away our right to know.”
I doubt that I get a response from him. Public officials should look out for the rights of the people who elect them…..not the lobbyists who only care about bottom line dollars for Big Money.
If this is important to you, please consider visiting this site and showing your Senators that you oppose this law. Time is running out quickly for us to make our voices be heard.