According to this article on Reuters (and about 100 others) a Congressman from Kansas has introduced a bill called the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” which would essentially make it illegal for states to require GMO labeling.
Now, as anyone who bothers to listen to my views will tell you, I am not an anti-GMO person. I personally hold the position that intelligently modifying genetics of plants and animals to improve human life is good thing to do. I also believe that we have been doing so through selective breeding for about 10,000 years.
That said, I am not a fan of the way it is being approached currently. The notion of making plants better able to withstand poison (which is poisonous to humans as well as the weeds or insects the poison is trying to kill) is not only dangerous, but foolhardy as those “pests” perform a function in nature and nature will find a way to perform that function, including evolving more effective “pests”.
Besides these types of foibles I also think it would be very wise to slow down the process some, and allow for more contained testing before unleashing our frankensoy onto the world. News outlets online are routinely riddled with announcements that this nation or that nation has outlawed some GMO variant for some type of health risk…years after that food product has been manufactured and sold to the unwitting public.
I understand that release and retract is by far the cheapest way to test product safety, but I don’t think I need to waste any ink telling you how wrong it is, especially when the public is being intentionally kept out of the loop as to what is being tested on them, or that they are even eating anything other than what they expect to be eating.
And that ladies and gentlemen is the crux of this article and why I am writing it. Regardless of the views you or I hold on GMO’s and their application, I am confident that we both agree that people have the right to know what they are eating.
Even if we disagree, we have a long tradition of law in this country which requires truth in advertising and proper food labeling. It hasn’t been perfect and it has never been well enforced…but it has been there.
GMO based foods should not be allowed to be sold unless they are adequately identified as such. Not because I or anyone else wants to inspire fear. No, for no other reason than people have a right to know what they are eating.
Its that simple.
Speaking of simple, there is a simple solution to this problem, and it has nothing to do with sending Pompeo back to Kansas where he will undoubtedly spend the remainder of his life washing the Koch brothers cars.
The solution is to quit trusting people to feed us safe food and to start producing our own. What we can’t produce we should by locally from as direct of a purchase from the producer as possible.
What do you say to that Pompeo? Have a you written a law to keep me from eating my own produce yet?