We Know Who You Are!!
On the evening before the massive and historic protest against Monsanto, 71 US senators voted against an amendment to the senate version of the 2013 farm bill that would have guaranteed states the right to enact mandatory GMO labeling laws. 71 senators voted against the 90% of consumers who want to exercise their right to know what is in their foods. Included in this 71 senators are 20 liberal Democrats and 43 Republicans (the very same who have fought so hard in the past to defend the rights of states!) Yep, it’s true my friends, these elected officials voted against your state’s constitutional right to protect the health safety and welfare of it’s local businesses and its citizens!!
We here at the Food Revolution feel you have the right to know who stands against health and wellness, and who were elected to represent your best interest and simply are not. We know you deserve the right to know who has no respect for your health and wellness, food safety, or for food sovereignty. In addition to listing the names of these individuals, we thought you’d like to read this:
The Corporate Takeover of Local Decision-Making
Arguing against the Sanders Amendment, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chair of the Agriculture Committee, said that the amendment “ . . . would interfere with the FDA’s science-based process to determine what food labeling is necessary for consumers.” Stabenow’s statement shows either her ignorance of, or dismissal of, the existing scientific evidence that GE food has been linked to everything from allergies to kidney failure to cancer.
But Stabenow’s real argument was one of efficiency: “It’s also important to note that around the world now we are seeing genetically modified crops that have the ability to resist crop diseases and improve nutritional content and survive drought conditions in many developing countries. . . We see wonderful work being done by foundations like the Gates Foundation and others, that are using new techniques to be able to feed hungry people.”
Let’s forget for a moment that Stabenow took in $739,926 in campaign contributions from Big Ag in 2012. Or that Bill Gates is a Monsanto shareholder. Or that there’s plenty of evidence refuting the claim that GMO crops can solve world hunger, improve nutrition or survive drought. The focus on efficiency over health and safety, when we’re talking about our food, should be enough to set off alarm bells. Claiming efficiency, whether it’s a valid claim or not, as a reason to trample states’ rights to make their own decisions regarding food and agriculture, should have us thinking “slippery slope.”
In their book, Slow Democracy, Susan Clark and Woden Teachout write: “ What we have now is the McDonald’s of democracy. It isn’t necessarily a rapid process, any more than our processed foods – with slaughterhouses, processing plants, intercontinental transportation routes, and months in the freezer – are actually quick. But it’s fast in the sense that fast food is fast: It’s a centralized process based on the premise of efficiency, delivering a simple, easy-to-use product, but one that leaves citizens unnourished and unsatisfied. Like industrial agriculture, this ‘fast democracy’ has encroached on our communities in a silent and invisible way. And Americans, with a deep stake in the quality of these decisions, know we are losing out.”
Right, remind me exactly who it is that is losing out, when over 90% of the American just want to know what is in their food so they can make better health and diet choices, and so far that percent of people means nothing to the people elected to represent and fight for those same things. Shameful! We tend to agree with those that say the real losers are those of us who have come to the harsh reality that we have been lied to by the government and food industry for too long. That it is us who are the losers when when 71 Senators ignore such a large percent of their constituents. That is us who are the losers when 71 Senators ignore the science that says, at the least, GE food should be adequately tested and labeled and banned. And it is us who are losing out when these same 71 Senators are willing to walk all over the US Constitution that guarantees states’ their right to protect the health and safety of their citizens! Shame on you! And he rest of the world seems to agree with us!
The Food Revolution was created to educate, empower, encourage, inform, and offer support to those who have come to cruel awakening that we are being poisoned through the foods and beverages we have become so reliant on and addicted too. Tired of being guinea pig, as time after time the BioChem companies are allowed to flood our global food supply with GE crops and gmos with first having to have extensive research and testing being done, or without being held responsible for the environmental, wildlife, or human health and safety that is put at risk without extensive testing and research ever being done. Here my fellow Food Revolutionaries, is that list of names:
The 71 Senators Who Voted Against Your Right to Know
Posted on June 10, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged agriculture, earth, feed, food, foodie, gardening, good food, healing, health, healthy, hope, monsanto, natural, nature, organic, people, power, protest, revolution, support, unite, united, wellness. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.