Some Americans really believe that the Federal government is looking out for their health and well being. Which is a particularly interesting line of thinking when you think about last year’s Veterans Administration scandal.
This bit of legislation won’t improve the Federal government’s track record on these kinds of issues: the House of Representatives passed a bill banning labeling of GMOs.
Never mind current state laws in Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine that mandate the labeling of GMOs. Never mind that “There are NO peer-reviewed scientific papers establishing the safety of GMO crops.” (see here.) “There are, however, both clinical and peer-reviewed scientific papers showing the hazards of GMO crops, including harmful secondary effects.”
Dr. Don Huber says,
“A group of us met with top USDA administrators. They assured us that they based all their decisions on peer-reviewed science. When we asked them if they would share any of that, they were unable to produce any.”
To make the situation worse, Dr. Mercola notes,
“Epidemiological patterns show there’s an identical rise in over 30 human diseases correlated with our increased usage of glyphosate and the increased prevalence of genetically engineered proteins in our food.”
In other words, GMOs have, at least, a correlational relationship to 30 human diseases and potentially a causational relationship, meaning a direct link between GMOs and those 30 diseases.
Those in favor of GMOs will say things like “We need GMOs to increase the nutritional value of foods to support the exploding world-wide population!” Of course, these same people will hate Dr. Huber’s comments about this:
“We can increase all of the nutrient density with traditional breeding. In fact, the Brazilians are doing that. They’ve just released new varieties of soybean with higher vitamin A, and corn with higher vitamin A and vitamin C. We can do all of that with traditional breeding. We’ve been doing it for years. You don’t need to disrupt the genetic integrity and introduce all the collateral damage with its long-term effects.”
Oddly enough, the bill would also allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to define “natural” in food labeling to include GMO products, even though GMOs contain combinations of genes that are completely impossible in nature.
It seems pretty clear that this legislation was passed to favor large food corporations without regard to the preferences of the American people and the marketplace. Be aware, and know where your food comes from because you cannot trust the Federal government to tell you the truth about it.