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Know what is in our Food

Do we have the right to know what is in our food?

by Dr. Brownstein M.D.

According to the U.S. Senate, the answer is a resounding “no”.  A few days ago, an announcement stated, “Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders Strike Deal on Agriculture Biotechnology Compromise.”  The article went on to describe how U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) released a bipartisan agreement which would establish a national disclosure standard for GMO food.  GMO stands for genetically modified organisms found in many commercially produced food.   The actual bill can be found here:http://www.agriculture.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Ag%20biotech%20compromise%20proposal.pdf

When I go to the grocery store to purchase food, I want to know what is in the product I am purchasing.  In fact, we should all know what is in the food that we purchase.  If this bill passes, it would result in the complete banning of GMO labelling.  Why would this bill be rushed through our Congress? It is being rushed through because a  handful of states have voted to make mandatory labelling of GMOs in food. This bill would over-rule those states that passed mandatory labelling.  Also, the bill states that no foods shall be labelled for two years and any food with less than 50% GMOs could be considered non-GMO. After two years, the USDA would require a food company to place a scannable label in the form of a food disclosure under this section be a text, symbol, or electronic or digital link…  The label will most likely look like this:

Finally, if that is not  enough, food derived from GMO-fed animals would be considered non-GMO with no labelling necessary.
You would think that our elected leaders would fight for our right to know what is in our food that we ingest.  Well, you would think wrong.

Unbelievably, Senators Stabinow (MY Senator!) and Roberts crafted a bill that would keep us in the dark about what GMOs are in our food.  In the announcement that I cited above, the Senators jointly state, “This bipartisan agreement is an important path forward that represents a true compromise. Since time is of the essence, we urge our colleagues to move swiftly to support this bill.”

Move swiftly?  I say we need to move swiftly. If you want proper labelling of our food, tell your Senators and Representatives to vote no on this ridiculous bill.

I am not happy with our political system.  We have two parties who cannot work together on most issues.  That is generally a bad thing as our elected politicians cannot complete their business.  However, in this case, this bipartisan agreement is a disaster.

There is an election coming up.  These politicians need to understand who they work for.  It is time to make your voice heard.  It is time for our representatives to hear us.

Call your Senators now and tell them we want to know what is in our food supply. The U.S. Capitol Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. Call now and ask to speak to your Senators.

Dr. Brownstein

Parts of this article were reproduced from naturalnews.com.  http://www.naturalnews.com/054489_GMO_labeling_US_Senate_Monsanto_puppets.html

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