Senate votes on requiring labeling of GMOs

I apologize for going MIA this past week. My husbands parents are in town and we have been non-stop traveling all over northern California! 

This past week the Senate has been voting on revisions for our Farm Bill which can help protect small farmers. On the agenda today they had to vote on the labeling of genetically modified foods (Amendment 2310). Click here to read more about GMO’s and what they are. 

Unfortunately Amendment 2310 did not pass with a vote of 26 in favor, 73 opposed.

It makes me wonder who was behind all those senators that voted nay? Monsanto? Or other corporate bio-tech seed companies that want GMO’s to not be labeled? I’m sure they had something to do with it.

Click here to see how your senator voted

Right now there is a campaign called STOP the Costly Food Labeling Proposition. They are trying to confuse consumers and make them believe that if they choose to support the labeling of GMO’s it will increase the cost of food by hundreds of dollars, unfairly hurt family farmers and grocers, and will require banning of popular products because of labeling. I was reading some of the Q & A and I just wanted to pull my hair out to some of the reasoning they had including that GMO’s were perfectly safe.

One of the biggest things they are playing on is that it would cost consumers more money because labeling would cost manufacturers more money. How many times have you seen a product get a new face lift? It wouldn’t cost them more money to label their products- it would cost them because they know people wouldn’t purchase the product! Don’t let them scare you with these false tactics.

They go on to say that no other state in the country requires labeling of GMO’s but they fail to state that 49 countries around the world have required labeling of GMO’s. And actually, India just officially became the 50th state to label GMO’s along with Japan, China, EU and other nations. Why isn’t the United States one of these nations?

Who is behind this campaign? Corporations that don’t give 2 squats about the health of you and your family (click here for a list of who is behind this proposition). All they care about is what is going to make them the most money. They are spending millions of dollars campaigning because they realize that if California passed the law to label GMO’s, their profits and sales will quickly decline.

This brings me to my next question, if genetically modified foods aren’t bad for you then what is the big deal about labeling them? I mean seriously!? What is there to hide? If GMO’s are safe then clearly labeling them would not affect sales, right?

With this very recent voting of the Senate it just proves that we as Americans can not depend on the government to make the right choices for us. Clearly someone is stuffing their pockets full of money to get them to oppose labeling. That’s why we have to take a stand and educate every single person we know about GMO’s! We have to take things into our own hands and make sure we vote YEA on the California Right to Know Initiative

Current polls show that 90% of Californians would like to know if there were genetically modified organisms in the food their purchase.

We will not see a change if we just sit around and wait for things to happen. In order to see change you have to take action. Be sure to vote in November and if you can donate to the following organizations. Donating to these organizations helps fight the misleading Costly Food Labeling Proposition.

Organic Consumers Associations (tax-deductible, helps support the work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)
Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for legislative efforts in California and other states)

Until next time,
Loriel – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul

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