GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are labeled, restricted or banned for over three billion people in the world! Our country is far behind.
Most people in the industrialized world get to choose whether they eat GMOs or not, but we are kept in the dark about what is in our food. We also do not share most of the world's understanding of the harm GMOs cause to our health and to the environment. The more people know about GMOs, the more they reject them. Even the Chinese government is sounding the alarm about GMOs, saying “We must face the harm caused by imported GM soybeans to 1.3 billion Chinese people” (from the government's “Science & Technology Abstracts Newspaper" April 25, 2014)
Many in this country just assume GMOs are safe because they think the FDA has done extensive testing to assure their safety. They have not. The FDA depends on companies like Monsanto to tell us GMOs are safe. Twenty years ago, there was an overwhelming consensus by FDA scientists that GMOs could create nutritional deficiencies, new hard to detect allergens, toxins and new diseases, but political appointee and former attorney for Monsanto, Michael Taylor, overruled their concerns and wrote the policy saying GM food was substantially equivalent to normal food. Taylor was awarded for this by being named the VP of Monsanto and is now back as the FDA Food Safety Czar! The system is rigged to benefit corporations even at the expense of public safety.
How many Americans are aware of the corruption of the FDA? How many stories about GMOs do you see on mainstream media (MSM)? Even the NY Times repeats Monsanto's talking points rather than expose the hundreds of studies that show that GMOs are dangerous to our health and the future of the planet. The collusion of government and corporations, which includes MSM, is a mighty force, but our desire to protect our loved ones and our earth is stronger. Other countries, like those in the European Union have done it and we can too.
There Is Hope!
Connecticut and Maine have passed GMO labeling bills that will go into effect when surrounding states pass similar legislation which is inevitable. Vermont just passed and the governor has signed into law the first GM labeling bill with no strings attached.
And now it is our turn. Last year in New York, we lost the opening volley by only two votes. This year, we have already passed one hurdle (the bill requiring GM labeling passed in one committee!) and now we have to keep the momentum going. Please get involved. New York State legislators tell us hundreds of phone calls, and e-mails DO make a difference!
The legislative 2014 session is over June 20, so we have no time to lose. In addition to the legislators below (please share this with people across our state) if you are local, please call your Hudson Valley representatives too:
Assemblyman Kevin Cahill
Senator John Bonacic
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