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article imageOp-Ed: New Bill for Monsanto is a U.S. & Canadian Food Nightmare?

By Mindy Allan     Jul 14, 2012 in Food
In the House Agriculture Committee’s 2012 Farm Bill, a dangerous set of policy riders favoring Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crops could create serious risks to farmers, the environment, and public health.
On July 10, 2012 a report by Alliance for Natural Health alerted the public to these two riders that would eliminate all meaningful review of the effect that GMO crops may have on our environment or our health.
If passed, these riders would outlaw any review of GMO crop impacts based on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), or any other environmental law. And no agency other than U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would be allowed to provide analysis. It should be noted that the USDA is a government agency stacked with bio-tech industry insiders.
Alliance for Natural Health has urged citizens around the country to contact their Senators and Representatives to voice their concerns. (Example)
The percentage of GMO products is on the rise in the United States and Canada, while in the rest of the world there are protests and demonstrations to stop the production of GMO's.
A Canadian Biotechnology Action report found 80% of the canola/rapeseed, along with corn, soy, and sugar beet in Canada is GMO, and includes imported papaya, squash and cottonseed oil Milk products with the Bovine Growth Hormone are also imported into the country.
According to Wikipedia in the United States 93% of the soy, 86% of the corn, 87% of the cotton, 80% of Hawaiian papaya, 93% of the canola/rapeseed, 95% of the sugar beet, 13% of the squash is genetically engineered. In 1986 the U.S. was saddled with bio-tech shills in government who determined that there was no need to make new laws to regulate genetically modified food.
Now a new bill by top officials who move through the revolving doors of Pharmaceutical bio-tech companies, and government are making sure that GMO foods are never questioned regarding safety.
Beyond Pesticides' 30'th National Pesticide Forum was held on March 30-31, 2012 on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT The topic covered in the forum was the growing number of GMO products on the market, lack of public knowledge, dangerous pesticides used and the threat to organic seed production.
On May 5, 2012 Digital Journal reported the California fight to label all Genetically Modified products. California is raising the awareness about what is really in your food, what is making you sick, what could be making your child sick or allergic which could be caused be caused by the GMO foods you're feeding them.
In June of 2012 Genetic Engineers Michael Antoniou, Claire Robinson, and John Fagan published the "GMO Myths & Truths." After extensive research on the health and safety of GMO products, it was found that the public has been misled by misinformation about the health and safety of consuming Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) products.
Greepeace has a shoppers guide for those who would like to avoid GMO's and help families make healthier choices for life.
You can make a difference for your family, the future, and our world. Buy organic and locally grown food whenever possible.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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