Why the GMO ‘Labeling’ Bill That Obama Just Signed Into Law Is a Sham—and a National Embarrassment
By A Andrew Kimbrel 08/05/2016 06:13 pm ET | Updated Aug 05, 2016
It is known as the DARK Act. D-A-R-K standing for Denying Americans the Right to Know. It was signed by President Obama last Friday in the afterglow of the Democratic National Convention, without fanfare or major media coverage. The bill’s moniker is apt. With a few strokes of his pen Obama scratched out the laws of Vermont, Connecticut and Maine that required the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.
He also nullified the GE seed labeling laws in Vermont and Virginia which allowed farmers to choose what seeds they wanted to buy and plant. And for good measure he preempted Alaska’s law requiring the labeling of any GE fish or fish product, a law passed to protect the state’s vital fisheries from contamination by recently approved genetically engineered salmon.
The White House justified the Dark Act’s massive onslaught on local democracy on the grounds that the bill would create national standards for labeling of GE foods. It does nothing of the sort. In fact, according to Obama’s own Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if enacted, the bill would exempt most current GMO foods from being labeled at all. The FDA further commented that it “may be difficult” for any GMO food to qualify for labeling under the bill. And even for any GE foods that might be covered, the bill allows for food to be “labeled” through a digital system of QR codes that can only be accessed if the consumer has a smart phone and reliable internet connectivity.
Obama’s action is deplorable. But how did this train wreck of a bill even reach the president’s desk in the first place? The answer is a sad commentary on the corruption seen far too often in our federal legislature. The DARK Act was not subject to any hearings. No expert testimony was taken. Rather, it was the result of backroom dealing between a few senators and industrial food and biotech companies. The DARK Act was actually defeated in March in the Senate as the food movement in America poured in millions of outraged comments to their senators.
Corporate Money Defeats GMO Labeling—What Would Gandhi Do?
July 31 2016
The deed is done. On Friday, July 29, 2016, President Obama signed a bill that was written by corporations, paid for by corporations and that serves no one in this country—except corporations.
S.764, known by its opponents as the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act, preempts Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law and substitutes in its place a federal bill that, no matter how Obama and his Congress try to spin it, is not mandatory and does not require labels—at least not labels that anyone can read. Not to mention that most GMO ingredients will be exempt under this fake “law.”
I could, once again, list all the reasons this bill fails consumers. But I and others have already done that countless times, to no avail. The bill is a sham, a slap in the face to the 90 percent of Americans who support labeling. It’s an attack on states’ rights. It’s another “gift” to Monsanto and Big Food.
And, for anyone who still harbored any doubt, S.764 is proof that our Democracy is broken, that our lawmakers answer to Corporate America, not to us, the people who elect them.
Pesticide Poisoning Ignores Laws and Avoids Liabilities
Aug 10 2016
n a survey of 1,000 people, 71 percent of Americans expressed a concern over the number of chemicals and pesticides in their food supply.1 The respondents’ largest concerns were about toxic pesticides (88 percent) and genetically engineered (GE) foods (79 percent).
Research has linked long-term pesticide exposure to infertility, birth defects,2,3 endocrine disruption,4 neurological disorders5 and cancer.6 It is only a common sense conclusion that ingesting and being exposed to fewer pesticides would result in improved health.
The amount of pesticides used both commercially and in residential areas has grown immensely since 1945. More than 1 billion pounds are used each year in the U.S. alone.
The recent CHAMACOS study, a longitudinal study examining the impact of chemicals on children’s health, found exposure to organophosphates and flame retardants shortened pregnancies, lowered the IQs of the exposed children and increased the risk of attention deficit disorder (ADD).7
Experiments Involving GMO Animals Are Skyrocketing, Study Finds
Aug 10 2016
Experiments involving genetically engineered animals have nearly tripled in Germany in the past 10 years, driven by a burgeoning global industry that involves inventing and patenting genetically altered species for scientific research, says a new study commissioned by Germany’s Green Party and conducted by the research group Testbiotech.
“The massive increase in animal testing in the genetics field is unacceptable,” said Nicole Maisch, the Green Party’s parliamentary spokesperson for the protection of animals and consumer policy, to the newspaper Der Westen.
“Particularly when the experiments’ usefulness from a medical standpoint is extremely questionable, or when the trials have revealed themselves to be unsuccessful,” Maisch said, “we must not allow any more animals to be tortured.”
“100% Natural” Weed Killer?
Aug 31 2016
You’ve heard a lot in the past few years about consumers’ right to know about GMOs. And believe me when I say that battle is not over yet.
But what about your “right to know” about irradiated synthetic ingredients in “organic” baby formula? Or about Monsanto’s glyphosate in “100% Whole Grain” Shredded Wheat and “100% Natural” Nature Valley granola bars?
And shouldn’t you have the “right to know” if the eggs you bought that had a “pasture-raised” label on them actually came from chickens that never spent a day outdoors, much less on a pasture?
Food manufacturers are lying to you. Every day.
That’s why the OCA is behind five lawsuits against food companies—and why we will soon announce several more.
Monsanto and the Poisonous Cartel of GMOs in India
Dr. Vandana Shiva Sept 9 2016
India is steeped in a synthesized controversy created by Monsanto on the first GMO crop supposedly approved for commercialization. Engaged in litigation on many fronts, Monsanto is trying to subvert India’s patent laws: Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Right Act, Essential Commodities Act and Competition Act. It is behaving as if there is no Parliament, no democracy, no sovereign laws in India to which it is subject. Or it simply doesn’t have any regard for them.
In another theatre, Monsanto and Bayer are merging. They were one as MoBay (MonsantoBayer), part of the poison cartel of I.G. Farben. The controlling stakes of both corporations lie with the same private equity firms. The expertise of these firms is in war. I.G. Farben, Adolf Hitler’s economic powerhouse and pre-war Germany’s highest foreign exchange earner, was also a foreign intelligence operation. Hermann Schmitz was president of I.G. Farben, Schmitz’s nephew Max Ilgner was a director of I.G. Farben, while Max’s brother Rudolph Ilgner ran the New York arm as vice-president of Chemnyco.
Paul Warburg, brother of Max Warburg (board of directors, Farben Aufsichtsrat), founded the U.S. Federal Reserve System. Max Warburg and Hermann Schmitz played a central role in the Farben empire. Other “guiding hands” of Farben Vorstand included Carl Bosch, Fritz ter Meer, Kurt Oppenheim and George von Schnitzler. Each of them was adjudged a “war criminal” after World War II, except Paul Warburg.
‘Five-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply’: Monsanto-Bayer Merger Advances
Sept 14 2016
Chemical and GMO giants agree on takeover offer worth $66 billion; mega-merger to be reviewed by antitrust agencies worldwide
Monsanto accepted Bayer’s $66 billion takeover offer—the largest all-cash deal ever—on Wednesday morning.
While anti-trust agencies around the world review the proposed mega-merger, environmental and consumer advocates roundly condemned the creation of what will be the largest pesticide and GMO corporation in the world.
“This new mega corporation would be the world’s biggest seed maker and pesticide company, defying important antitrust protections and giving it unacceptable control over critical aspects of our food supply—undermining consumer choice and the freedom and stability of farmers worldwide,” said Anne Isakowitsch, head of international corporate watchdog SumOfUs.
“The merger of Bayer and Monsanto should make the connection between Big Pharma, Big Biotech, and Big Food all the more apparent to consumers,” said Ronnie Cummins, director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), in an email to Common Dreams.
“This may be a move to take pressure off the manufacturer of glyphosate, the most profitable pesticide in the world,” Cummins added. “But it really doesn’t matter who manufactures or sells glyphosate, or any other dangerous chemical. The damage to human health and the environment remains the same, as does our commitment to getting these chemicals out of our food system.”
BREAKING: International Criminal Court Paves Way to Prosecute Monsanto
Sept 15 2016
Just as the International Monsanto Citizens’ Tribunal is preparing to hold Monsanto accountable for its crimes in The Hague next month, comes this breaking news from the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The ICC, will for the first time in history prioritize crimes “committed by means of, or that result in the destruction of the environment, the illegal exploitation of natural resources or the illegal dispossession of land.”
What does this mean for the Monsanto Tribunal?
It means that the work we do there next month will form the foundation for prosecuting companies like Monsanto, Bayer, Dow and the rest of the corporate biotech criminals in the United Nations-backed international court, based in The Hague.
We are still about $60,000 short of our midnight tonight fundraising goal. Please donate today and your donation will be matched by Mercola.com and Dr. Bronner’s. You can donate online, by phone or by mail, details here.
When we began planning for the Monsanto Tribunal, our intent was to draw international attention to Monsanto’s crimes—all of them.
We especially wanted to change the rules so that corporations like Monsanto could be prosecuted for crimes against nature or the environment, not just crimes against humanity.
Genetically Modified Foods (GMO) Linked to Tumors, Allergies and Early Death
A recent study published in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology is proving genetically modified organisms (GMO) may cause kidney damage, liver failure and early death. Until recently there were no long term studies done on GMO’s but the more we learn, the more we’re realizing how dangerous these “frankenfoods” really are.
Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are just what the name implies. Organisms, in this case foods, that have been altered genetically.
Genetically modified foods alter genetic codes of the DNA in an organism by wiring in genes from other forms of life including other plant forms, insecticides, pesticides, bacteria and viruses. Most GMO foods today have been modified to tolerate or produce pesticides (like canola oil).
According to a report by Dr. Oz, more than eighty percent of the foods we eat on a daily basis contain one or more type of GMO. And what’s more distressing is that the United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) doesn’t require these foods to be labeled!
Health Concerns with GMO Foods
If you haven’t been convinced of the damaging effects of GMO’s yet then this next study may cause you to think twice.
Eating genetically modified corn (GMO corn) and consuming trace levels of Monsanto’s Roundup chemical fertilizer (commonly used in GMO) caused rats to develop horrifying tumors, widespread organ damage, and premature death.
What Are We Eating?
In 64 countries there are significant restrictions or outright bans on genetically engineered foods. The United States and Canada do NOT require labeling of genetically engineered foods.
CONSUMED is a dramatic thriller that explores the complex world of genetically modified food. Starring Danny Glover and Zoe Lister-Jones.