A so-called ‘Monsanto rider,’ quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill, would require – not just allow, but require – the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed. All the farmer or the biotech producer has to do is ask.
A petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says:
Stop the Monsanto Rider. Unless the senate or a citizen’s army of farmers and consumers can stop them, the House of Representatives is likely to ram this dangerous rider through any day now.
If you have been watching Monsanto’s moves to push their biologically unsafe, Genetically Modified foods onto the unsuspecting public with alarm, then you will want to sign this petition against the Monsanto rider!
Last week the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a weak and dangerous position on Genetically Modified foods: “trust but verify.”
If you’re like me, this probably made you say, “What?”
Apparently “trust but verify” means the foods seem safe but should still go through a “mandatory pre-market safety approval process” to look for major changes in nutrient or toxicant levels. Of course, we are way too late to institute “pre-market approval processes” for GMO crops as 94% of soybeans, 88% of corn, and 90% of cotton in this country are already Genetically Modified.
Though the AMA admits that the science proving the safety of GMO food is lacking (a massive understatement), it still argues against labeling of GMO products. GMO producers are fighting labeling because they believe consumers will choose non-GMO products when given a choice. It’s tragic to realize that powerful biotech lobbying interests exert corporate influence at the cost of the public health with this country’s most respected medical association.
Tragic, or disgusting?
Since GMOs first appeared on shelves in 1996, the biotech giants like Monsanto have been playing fast and loose in an experiment with the public health on a nationwide scale. The effects of GMO foods on humans have yet to be determined, but studies on mice fed GMO feed showed that each successive generation experienced increasing infertility, and within three or four generations the mice were infertile.
What we eat today could affect our great grandchildren… or lack thereof.
Interestingly, even though the AMA would like to see testing done on nutrient and toxicant levels in GMO foods, those levels may not reflect how the altered DNA affects living bodies when absorbed and assimilated. That’s the really scary part.
We should demand that the AMA care more about our health and wellbeing than about corporate profits. And continue to push for mandatory labeling of GMO foods, because we deserve to be able to make our own decisions about what we eat.