Barbara H. Peterson
Vermont has passed a genetically engineered (GMO) labeling act, and the Governor intends to sign it.
On Thursday May 8th at 2:30 Governor Shumlin plans to sign H.112 (Vermont’s GMO labeling bill) in to law on the steps of the State House.
Good news! This means that a portion of roughly 2% of the GMOs that are grown will most likely be labeled. Hopefully. Just make sure to read between the lines for those oh, so pesky exemptions.
Vermont labeling bill:
§ 4094. EXEMPTIONS
The following foods shall not be subject to the labeling requirements of section 4093 of this title:
(1) Food consisting entirely of or derived entirely from an animal which has not itself been produced with genetic engineering, regardless of whether the animal has been fed or injected with any food or drug produced with genetic engineering.
Since most genetically engineered crops are grown for livestock consumption and fuel, tell me again how labeling will prevent the spread of GMOs.
Mountains of documents have been produced by scientists who have graphically detailed the dangers of GMOs and Glyphosate, and people are being sickened daily by genetically engineered, pesticide-soaked, USDA and FDA approved crop mutations just so the chemical industry can make a buck. We are eating animals that are pumped full of GMOs and Glyphosate and dumped into our food supply, but not to worry, some of this mess just might actually get labeled. Just not the GMO and Glyphosate-filled, sickened animals. Yippee!!!
Okay, how exactly did we get to this point?
Hmmmm… Let’s see… Take good people, inform them of the dangers of GMOs, then purposely lead them down the path of labeling, not banning as the solution, then include exemptions that leave out one of the most prolific GMO sectors – animal feed, then laugh all the way to the bank because you know that this will be a long, hard fight, and even if you win, GMOs will still be around, so you will still have a job fighting them tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that…
Sounds like a tactic straight out of the Monsanto Play Book, but who am I to point out that inconvenient little detail? So, for now, let’s all hold hands and rejoice that for a limited time only, we will be allowed to actually eat GMO-free if are aware enough to read between the lines on the label. That is, until the other 98% of GMO crops contaminates the rest of our natural crops and the definition of GMO-free has to be changed, once again, to allow for just a bit more of a percentage of GMO contamination. But not to worry, because maybe, just maybe, 2% of that might just get labeled. Maybe…
Until then, we can simply hide our heads in the sand and pretend that we are eating healthier because the label tells us so. And don’t forget to plan a party celebrating the victory!
Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts…
©2014 Barbara H. Peterson