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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Republican Congressman Wants to Prevent States from Labeling GMO products

Rep. Mike Pompeo must be busier than a one-arm paper hanger.  Or in his case, busier than a single-mouthed CEO-blower.  Mike Pompeo is already the Koch Brothers' favorite boy toy.  And on top of that, he's giving 24/7/365 blowjobs to Monsanto executives as well.

He's introduced the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.”  George Orwell couldn't have come up with a better name than that for a law that's designed to protect food companies from having to list their ingredients. 

So far, not a single state has passed a law requiring food labels to disclose the presence of genetically modified (GMO) products.  Several states have had this proposal on a ballot initiative, and these initiatives have always been voted down after a $20-40 million dollar ad blitz financed by the Monsanto/Agribusiness syndicate.

But just in case one of these states actually does pass a GMO labeling requirement, Mike Pompeo wants to preempt this little problem at the federal level.  States' rights, doncha know.

With Monsanto's jism squiring out of his mouth, Pompeo spluttered out something that sounded like:

“We’ve got a number of states that are attempting to put together a patchwork quilt of food labeling requirements with respect to genetic modification of foods.  That makes it enormously difficult to operate a food system. Some of the campaigns in some of these states aren’t really to inform consumers but rather aimed at scaring them. What this bill attempts to do is set a standard.”

Very good, Mike!  Excellent job of reciting exactly what Monsanto told you to say.  OK, you can wipe off your mouth and stand up now, and oh wait, not so fast!  A group of Grocery Manufacturers Association lobbyists just walked in, and they want sloppy seconds.  Get back on your knees!

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

If GMO products were so good for you, wouldn't you thing they would be advertising the fact instead of trying to hide it?

Want to avoid GMO foods? Buy organic. Organic foods are required to be GMO free, but they are prohibited from advertising it.

April 9, 2014 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: That's what I've always wondered too. A company spends millions, maybe billions of dollars developing this new product, and then they don't want the public to know when they're using it??? Go figure.

April 10, 2014 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Well, they sell their products to farmers, so their interest is making it grow faster, yield more, and resist disease and pests. They are not concerned with health effects on us as long as any adverse effects cannot be directly traced back to them. And if at some time in the future, adverse health effect are linked to GMO products, they will just sit back, say "gee we didn't know, how could we?" and smile at their large bank ledgers...in offshore accounts.

April 10, 2014 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: True, the corporate farms and chemical companies are looking out for each others' interests; the public can go ahead and be poisoned or fall through the cracks. And if hideous side effects are determined, each side can plead ignorance and/or point the finger at each other. "He sold it to me, how was I supposed to know what was in it?" "He asked me if I had a chemical that could accelerate crop growth, so I sold him what he was asking for."

April 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM  

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