Would You Like A Little DDT With Your Breakfast Cereal?
We’ve heard it before. Agent Orange is “essentially so safe you can drink it,” the increased IGF-1 levels in rGBH-treated milk are perfectly safe, too, and DDT goes great with your favorite Honey Nut O’s: (Seriously, watch the video below)
And of course, genetically modified foods have never been shown to be harmful to humans. Nevermind that there have been NO HUMAN SAFETY STUDIES, the company that brought of all of these “miracles” wants us to believe that they’re simply on a benevolent mission to feed the world. Considering that the “food” is officially classified as a pesticide, I hope you forgive my skepticism about their latest reassurance.
Today the USDA and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed that unapproved GMO wheat has been found in an Oregon wheat field. The extent of the contamination is currently unknown, but we do know that the GMO strain can be traced back to Monsanto.
The tests confirmed that the plants were a strain developed by Monsanto to resist its Roundup Ready herbicides and were tested between 1998 and 2005. At the time Monsanto had applied to USDA for permission to develop the engineered wheat, but the company later pulled its application.
The Agriculture Department said that during that seven-year period, it authorized more than 100 field tests with the same glyphosate-resistant wheat variety. Tests were conducted in in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.” says Huff Post Green.
No worries, though, Monsanto says there are no “safety concerns associated with the presence of the Roundup Ready gene if it is found to be present in wheat.” (source) I feel so reassured, don’t you?
This finding could have huge implications for wheat exports due to the number of nations who have rejected genetically modified foods.
Biotech Poised To Contaminate More Of Your Fave Foods
Unfortunately, thanks to the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act,” the USDA is now required to ignore court orders and allow biotech companies to plant GMO test crops at will. This measure, of course, blatantly disgregards evidence that such “test fields” have the potential to severely contaminate the food supply.
That’s right, this is no isolated incident. In 2006, a few “carefully controlled” Bayer test fields contaminated more than 30% of all the long-grain rice in the U.S. with an GMO variety not approved for human consumption. There’s actually an entire registry devoted to documenting illegal GMO plantings and contamination incidents around the world.
Are You Okay With This? NO?!?!?
Well then, I should probably tell you that Congress is considering a bill that could take away states’ rights to label GMO’s. That’s right, ANOTHER piece of legislation that favors biotech firms over consumers. You see, states aren’t quite as enthusiastic about biotech companies as the federal government seems to be, and some have come up with the novel notion that consumers have a right to know what they’re eating. (Ironically, the federal government requires that manufacturers tell us exactly what’s in our mattresses, but pesticide-as-food does not seem to be a sticking point for them).
GMO labeling bills recently cleared hurdles in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut. In response, on Wednesday May 15th Congress passed the King Amendment, which is:
a measure some say could take away states’ rights to label genetically modified organisms. If passed by the Senate, the King Amendment would take away states’ rights to ‘pass laws governing the production or manufacture of any agricultural product, including food and animals raised for food, that is involved in interstate commerce.’
~ Organic Consumers Association
Tell Congress States Should Be Able To Label GMO’s
If you want them to reject the King Amendment and any other rider or amendment to the Farm Bill that would take away states’ rights to label GMOs, please let them know!