Response to the label law…
Posted: 2013-05-22. Categories: Food

I received an email today from Food Democracy Now, you can read it following my response. 

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I’m the first one to tell people to buy organic and I support labeling GMO’s in principle, in so much as I support accurately labeling GMO products. What I do not support is giving people a false sense of security. These bills have no substance. There are holes big enough to drive a truck through.

Now, I haven’t read the Connecticut bill but if it was the same labeling bill we tried to take to the voters here in California last election, it’s barely better than no bill at all.  It allows GMO’s to be labeled GMO-free under certain exceptions that are simply unacceptable.  I don’t want to eat GMO’s. They affect my health and I feel better when I eat real food.  I want to know when I’m buying real food. Anything less than accurate labeling may as well not be labeled at all.

Right now, it’s a nightmare trying to buy real food.  You read the label and try to sort out the fluff; words like “natural” don’t mean anything at all.  They are there only to make you feel good about buying a product. I quit buying Cadia Organic food because even though the label says “organic,” it’s not.

Our products are either “organic,” containing 95% or more organic ingredients (excluding salt and water) or are “made with organic ingredients,” containing between 70-94% organic ingredients. A few of our products are “all-natural” and are produced without the use of artificial flavors, preservatives, colors or sweeteners.

I’m not at all certain what (excluding salt and water) means, I’m sure I don’t want to know.  If the label says, “artificial flavors” trust me, you don’t want to eat it.  They can use anything from Aspartame to beaver anal glands; limited only by their imagination.

I’m afraid if these labeling laws are passed, as they certainly should be, the food companies will just make a few minor adjustments in their recipes and it’ll be business as usual.  With you and I left holding the bag.  (Most likely the barf bag, when we get sick.)

You may not get sick today or tomorrow, but this stuff works from the inside out, it starts eating away at your stomach and branches out from there.  Those who eat a lot of it, will become sicker sooner, but sooner or later you will become sick.  You are what you eat and we are eating a bunch a chemicals and frankenfoods… not real food.

Please pass intelligent and accurate labeling laws that actually protect us, not just make us feel good.  I have vitamins for that.

Yesterday was an incredible day for the movement to label GMOs and take our democracy back from corrupt chemical and biotech seed companies like Monsanto.

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Late last night, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill to label GMOs by a margin of 35 to 1!

Yesterday morning, less than 2 months after the Monsanto Protection Act was signed into law, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced an amendment, S. 954, to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act – the most outrageous special interest loophole in recent memory.

And yesterday afternoon, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced a Right-to-Know GMO labeling amendment to put pressure on the Senate to get in the game for a federal bill that requires labeling for all Americans!

Today we need your help to keep this momentum going to stop Monsanto and win GMO labeling and build a better food supply. Right now, Monsanto and the biotech industry is running scared. The tide has turned on the conversation to label genetically engineered foods and we need your help to drive it home!

This week the Senate is taking amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill and we need you to take action to protect our future!

These are the list of amendments that Food Democracy Now! and our allies support to build a better future!

Take action by calling your senators today!

List of Amendments to S. 954, the 2013 Farm Bill to Build an Organic, Sustainable Food Supply

1. Repeal Monsanto Protection ActMerkley Amendment #978 In an unprecedented move, Senator Merkley, introduced an amendment to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act, Section 735 of H.R. 933, which was passed into law last March. The Monsanto Protection Act has been called “the most outrageous special interest provisions in years.”

2. Support GMO labeling: Boxer Amendment #1025 to Label Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know: Boxer has introduced an important amendment to the farm bill that would show support for labeling foods with genetically engineered ingredients

3. Ban Genetically Engineered SalmonBegich Amendment #934 to ban the sale of genetically engineered salmon until Federal wildlife agencies are properly consulted.

4. Protect Honey Bees and PollinatorsBoxer Amendment #1027 to protect honey bees and native pollinators, that have declined over 45% last winter as a result of pesticides and industrial agriculture.

5. Wyden Common Sense Hemp Amendment #952: Senator Wyden introduced Farm Bill Amendment 952 to define industrial hemp and allow the states to regulate it. S.952 is in support of the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act” (S. 359), that Wyden filed earlier this year to support family farmers who want to grow hemp on their farms to grow this sustainable crop for food, clothing and bio-fuels. The amendment has broad bipartisan co-sponsorship from Senators Paul, McConnell and Merkley.

6. Limit Payments to Large Corporate FarmsShaheen-Toomey Payment Limit Amendment #926: Limits crop insurance premium support to $50,000 per farmer annually; requires a farmer to be actively engaged in the farm business in order to be eligible for premium support; generates more than $4 billion in savings over ten years; and impacts fewer than 4 percent of farmers.

7. Support Caps on Insurance Payments: Coburn-Durbin AGI Amendment #953: Supports caps on isurance payments to reduce premium support by 15% for farmers with an Adjusted Gross Income of more than $750,000; generates more than $1 billion in savings over ten years; impacts less than 1 percent of farmers.

8. Open Transparency for Public SubsidiesBegich-Flake Transparency Amendment #936: Permits RMA to disclose the names of insurance subsidy recipients, making crop insurance disclosure requirements consistent with requirements for other subsidies, disaster payments, and conservation payments at no cost to the taxpayer.

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It’s incredible how far we’ve come in such a short period of time and with your help we can win these important amendments to help family farmers grow an organic, sustainable and non-GMO food supply!

Remember, democracy is like a muscle – either you use it or you lose it!

Thanks for participating in food democracy,

Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team

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