Recently, Rand Paul came out in defense of his rejection of SA 2310 CONSUMERS RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD ACT, a proposed amendment to the Farm Bill. He stated the following:
“I am an opponent of the FDA’s war on natural foods and farmers. I’ve stood up for raw milk, hemp and natural supplements. I fought to take power AWAY from the government on these issues. So while there is evidence we should be concerned about GMOs, we should also be careful not to lose our constitutional perspective simply because the end result is one we may desire. That’s what we fight against. That’s what the statists do. Take a look at a pretty thorough rundown on the recent GMO amendment. There were many more problems with it, including the potential the FDA could have assumed broad new rulemaking authority if this badly written amendment had passed.”
Really!!! Well folks, here is the text of the amendment. Look for yourselves and see what Rand Paul considers badly written, having many problems and potentially gives the FDA broad new rulemaking authority:
SA 2310. Mr. SANDERS (for himself and Mrs. BOXER) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 3240, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 2017, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:
On page 1009, after line 11, add the following:
SEC. 12207. CONSUMERS RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD ACT.
(a) SHORT TITLE.—This section may be cited as the ‘‘Consumers Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food Act’’.
(b) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that—
(1) surveys of the American public consistently show that 90 percent or more of the people of the United States want genetically engineered to be labeled as such;
(2) a landmark public health study in Canada found that—
(A) 93 percent of pregnant women had detectable toxins from genetically engineered foods in their blood; and
(B) 80 percent of the babies of those women had detectable toxins in their umbilical cords;
(3) the tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States clearly reserves powers in the system of Federalism to the States or to the people; and
(4) States have the authority to require the labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering or derived from organisms that have been genetically engineered.
(c) DEFINITIONS.—In this section:
(1) GENETIC ENGINEERING.—
(A) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘‘genetic engineering’’ means a process that alters an organism at the molecular or cellular level by means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes.
(B) INCLUSIONS.—The term ‘‘genetic engineering’’ includes—
(i) recombinant DNA and RNA techniques;
(ii) cell fusion;
(v) gene deletion and doubling;
(vi) introduction of a foreign gene; and
(vii) changing the position of genes.
(C) EXCLUSIONS.—The term ‘‘genetic engineering’’ does not include any modification to an organism that consists exclusively of—
(v) in vitro fertilization; or
(vi) tissue culture.
(2) GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENT.— The term ‘‘genetically engineered ingredient’’ means any ingredient in any food, beverage, or other edible product that—
(A) is, or is derived from, an organism that is produced through the intentional use of genetic engineering; or
(B) is, or is derived from, the progeny of intended sexual reproduction, asexual reproduction,or both of 1 or more organisms described in subparagraph (A).
(d) RIGHT TO KNOW.—Notwithstanding any other Federal law (including regulations), a State may require that any food, beverage, or other edible product offered for sale in that State have a label on the container or package of the food, beverage, or other edible product, indicating that the food, beverage, or other edible product contains a genetically engineered ingredient.
(e) REGULATIONS.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and the Secretary of Agriculture shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary to carry out this section.
(f) REPORT.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, shall submit a report to Congress detailing the percentage of food and beverages sold in the United States that contain genetically engineered ingredients.
Download the PDF file here: CREC-2012-06-11-pt1-PgS3903
Has he even read it?
©2012 Barbara H. Peterson