A small step forward for mankind was achieved earlier this week when the Connecticut Senate passed a bill calling for the labeling of GMO (genetically modified organisms) foodstuffs. In the bill’s language, “Genetically Modified or Genetically Engineered means “any food produced from an organism or organisms in which the genetic material changed by (1) in vitro nucleic acid techniques such as recombinant DNA techniques and the direct injection of nucleic acid into cells or organelles or (2) fusing cells that are not in the same taxonomic family, in a way that does not occur by natural multiplication or recombination”.” Any elation over the bill quickly died down once, as the article shows, the myriad holes in it were made public, such as:
|And you thought they were just kidding. Tsk tsk.|
The bill exempts from the labeling requirement:
1. food from a non-genetically-engineered animal even if it was fed or injected with a genetically-engineered food or drug;” (So- the meat from any animal that was doped up is exempt from being labeled as such. Given the rampant use of steroids in the meat industry, I guess this serves more as a method to keep it afloat, which undercuts the point of it all). Other exemptions in the Connecticut bill include: food served or sold in a restaurant for immediate consumption, as well as alcoholic beverages and farm products sold at the farmer’s markets, roadside stands and pick-your-own farms.
That’s a pretty big list of “yeah, but…” So vodka made from jacked-up potatoes or beer from hyped-up hops is ok. Wonder what kinda buzz that’ll give you? Hell, at least it can’t make Budweiser or Coors taste any worse… can it? And if a pick-your-own farm decides to mess with their apples, why should they be allowed to get away with it? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of going there in the first place?
|Gives a whole new meaning to Walking Dead.|
Monsanto’s global brand took a couple of hits recently when a report surfaced detailing the high toxicity and non-existent nutritional content of GMO corn crops. Also coming to light is the news that Hungary has burned all of its GMO corn fields. And despite the fact that GMO labeling is standard policy in Russia, China, Japan, Australia and several EU countries, once again, in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, it’s more important to have your citizens ingesting poison without their knowledge or consent just to make a few bucks. How ’bout that- RUSSIA and CHINA care more about their citizens than our elected officials do. And then they do this stuff in other countries at taxpayer expense, too.
But it’s good to know that none of this is being taken lying down. Even as the FDA is poised to approve the use of genetically modified salmon, Whole Foods has a policy of clearly labeling all GMOs as such (at least you’ll get what you pay for!) and Trader Joe’s has joined them in refusing to carry said modified sea food. (Read the article here)
|Finally an answer to the eternal question: “are they Evil Sea Bass?”|
A huge global protest, the March Against Monsanto, is scheduled to take place on May 25th at various locations across the world- check your local listings. Not to be outdone, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant (no, not that one) has started bitching about the public not playing fair.
Ultimately, there’s really one question to ask politicians, Monsanto executives and their supporters: as you’re well aware this shit has negative side effects- if not flat out poisonous- why the hell are you still trying to sell it to people?
I’m not sure we want to know the answer.