Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Will Pennsylvania Be the First in U.S. to Label GMO?

Will Pennsylvania be the first?
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The increasing use of GMO in the food supply around the world has led 61 countries to at least require labeling of GMO products so that consumers can make an educated decision for themselves. 15 countries have taken a further step to ban GMO altogether, especially in the wake of scientific testing showing that GMO-fed rats had a 600% increase in death over the control group.

In the United States, a political battle over labeling has been fraught with controversy such as the defeat of Prop 37 in California, even as a few CA counties have been successful banning GMO crops and grassroots efforts have intensified. With $40+ million spent by Monsanto and Big Ag to defeat Prop 37, there clearly is much at stake.

Pennsylvania has now added itself to the list of more than 20 states which are formally rejecting the notion suggested by Monsanto et al. that their science is perfectly sound and consumers must accept whatever latest food incarnation they would like to fill the population with. Can Pennsylvania be the first to finally pass such legislation in the United States?

The United States sadly remains the only industrialized nation that so far has rejected the labeling of GM food. A member of the Pennsylvania state legislature, Daylin Leach, seeks to defend consumers in his state.


Leach has introduced a bill to label GMO food which contains most of the elements of Prop 37. Senate Bill 653 would require labeling of any food ingredient/product containing 9/10ths of one percent GMOs as "GE/GMO" on the label, with some exceptions.
“The people of Pennsylvania should have a choice,” Leach said. 
The bill would take effect 18 months after passage. Manufacturers and distributors would have to affix labels on the products. 
“This bill is not meant to prevent genetic engineering. It is not limited in anyway. It doesn't stop anyone from purchasing bigger salmon or allegedly pesticide resistant crops that have been genetically engineered. But some people do not want to consume that. Why can't they know and make their own decisions?” Leach said. (Source)
You can see video of Senator Leach's press conference of March 12, 2013 at the link below.
http://www.senatorleach.com/newsroom/video

As David Newman, a tracker of paid political influence stated in regards to the massive spending to defeat Prop 37 in California:
I think it's a David and Goliath story with the companies that manufacture or benefit from genetically engineered food being the Goliath. (Source)
True so far, but we clearly have the numbers to dramatically change the equation very quickly, and the massive spending to defeat our right to know exposes weakness.

As major corporations use their money to influence political direction, so must we go through the motions to obtain political victory. However, Goliath has a big problem: this is actually not a political issue, which is why Big Ag is trying to make it one. This is an issue of one's inherent right to grow and ingest food with full knowledge of what ingredients they are introducing to their own bodies and the bodies of their family. It is a question of personal sovereignty, and only deception can alter that fact.

Proof of our eventual victory over hidden GMOs can be found in bi-partisan support on the political battlefield, as well as general grassroots opposition to Big Ag across normally disparate groups and organizations.  As noted by Zofia Houseman of GMO-free PA:
This is the people's movement. No corporation has the right to decide what is best for us and our loved ones. The time for legislation has come. The time to act is now. (Source)
This bill currently has 12 co-sponsors. Please thank Senator Leach for having the courage to introduce SB653, and please forward this information to get support for its passage into law.

For more information specific to Pennyslvania, you can visit the GMO Free Pennsylvania Facebook Page. or contact them at RightToKnowPA@gmail.com

For more information about all state initiatives, including state-by-state activist groups, please see the Just Label It! Interactive Map below:
http://justlabelit.org/state-initiatives/

H/T: Catherine J Frompovich (PA resident)
Consumer Health Researcher/Author/Advocate

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The usa is NOT the only industrialized country without GMO labeling ! We are fighting for it in Canada too !

Hide Behind said...

WILL THE FN LABEL KILL YOU?
WHAT happens when 90% of available crops are GMO's, Do we pass a bill that then makes it mandatory to label the non GMO,s?
You don't mind having to pay a little more for your fpod items but the 147 million unemployed and or on foodstamps do not have that choice.
Too bad for them poor dumb sob's¿
Oh we can rationalize and say well its only at most 60 out of a hundred th
ousand who will draw a piss poor hand in the cancer draw, those are minor figures in the larger scheme of things.
Lets pass a fn law that bans The crops that are not only going to kill many humans, a lot of thos will be deformed or ill at birth, but maybe your kids are all grown up and are eating all generics.
THE LANDS WILL NEVER BE SUITABLE TO GROW NON gmos and their need for chemical pesticides and herbicides that either wipe out native productive bacterium or mutate it into killers of man , beast, and plants.
YOU SOMETIMES GOTTA GROW A PAIR AND IF YOU MALES CAN' T DO IT LET THE FEMALES DO IT.
by the kiss butt method the non violent like to preech about may of allowed the noturning back to of been passed years ago.
4 years ago 100 Of the worlds top social and environmentalit scientist say man may of already signed hie death warrent date as being before. X2100 DAD; Dead AssesDemise.
Today they have grown into the hundreds and many a novice. Knows it as well.
They can feel it somewhere from deep inside their individual psyche.
There is a portion of testimony from Neuremberg trials that wastaken from the testimony of the train engineer who pickrled up prisoners and delivered them to a rural field that had a huge pit dug within it.
He goes on too describe how the people debarked from the train and then under guard thew were marched to one end of the pit.
They, men women childs all ages were told to strip and carefully place each article of clothing including ubderware and shoes in the proper piles.
Now as they were doing this groups of 8 or ten nude individuals would be ordered into the pit line up and be shot.
THERE WAS NO PROTEST BY THE VICTIMS!
They stayed in perfect order chatting and parents trying to reasure their children not to worry. The teas were almost all silent civilized ones the engineer said and the whole operation was effecient and ran smoothly.
NO These victims were not all Jews but were almost all from one small town Think around 14,000 of them is all¿.
WELL no matter for their lives before the NAzi's came! Bullsh.. Germans and Austrians as both nations peoples knew what was ongoing.hell they wrote up tallys in newspapers.
WELL any ways the spirit of resistance was so far beat down and their own sense of orderly conduct was so ingrained the just did as told.
SORRY BUT YOU IN US BETTER START KICKING AT THE TRACES BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE TO DO SO.

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