When it comes to elected officials in the U.S., only two things will cause them to listen… either 50,000 angry voters banging at their door with pitchforks, or the more common reason, money. And when states like Maine pass strong legislation forcing companies to clearly label their food products as GMO if they are made with non-natural elements or processes, the bought and paid for members of Congress are quickly recruited to over-ride the will of the people.
In a not so surprising outcome on July 24, the House of Representatives passed a new anti-GMO labeling bill that will restrict any state from passing their own laws to have foods labeled as GMO.
A contentious bill that may keep states from enacting local GMO laws, instead creating a federal “voluntary labeling” standard, has passed a House vote. The bill also regulates the use of the term “natural” on food labels.Following a 275-150 vote on Thursday, the bipartisan bill is heading for the Senate. If enacted into law, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would create a voluntary GMO-free certification program overseen by the US Department of Agriculture, and override any state and local GMO labeling laws.
The legislation preempts any state and local restrictions and labeling requirements for genetically modified organisms, foods containing GMOs, as well as non-GMO and “natural” food.
The FDA would review the product before it goes to market and require a label only if a “material difference between food from genetically engineered plants and comparable foods” is found. The companies however would be allowed to label their products as GMO under a new voluntary certification program.
The measure would represent a setback for advocates and voters who lobbied for GMO labeling laws that have passed but are yet to take effect in three states – Vermont, Connecticut and Maine. There are at least 15 other states who have introduced similar regulations on foods containing GMOs. – Russia Today
The culprit for this draconian law is a Republican from the state of Kansas named Mike Pomeo, who has received campaign contributions from Monsanto, and introduced this bill into Congress to stave off the rising crusade against the effects of GMO foods. In fact, with the Republicans voting en masse for passage of this bill, contributions to legislators from Monsanto are for Republicans by a more than 2:1 ratio.
There is a reason why Princeton University declared the United States government an oligarchy, and one that is now almost completely fascist with the merging of corporations and state. And the irony in all of this is that not only is the head of the FDA a former executive from Monsanto, but he will now be determining the nutritional and health value of the food you eat if the Senate follows through with confirming the House vote.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com, Roguemoney.net, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.