A proposed bill would make mandatory GMO labeling illegal. But, this could mean problems for the environment with pesticides like Glyphosate, as well as for transparency. So how do these kinds of bills get proposed and what do they mean for American’s health? RT’s Ed Schultz is joined by Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) who authored a book on the issue.
The Senate Agricultural Committee’s proposed bill would undermine the rights of states to choose whether or not Big Food should be forced to label ingredients with GMO ingredients. So which of our friendly, philanthropic, environmentalist Democrats supported the bill? Democrats: Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.)
Let’s start with Donnelly first: His top campaign donor from 2009 to 2015 was a company called MacAndrews & Forbes. That company owns some sub-companies, including Revlon. Revlon is, of course, cosmetics, but it is important to note that they come under fire for having cancer causing chemicals in their makeup.
But that’s not GMO, right? Right. But labeling is labeling, you’d be more obtuse than a cement block not to see how this corporation wouldn’t favor GMO labeling. Where else does his cash flow derive from? Land O’Lakes. Land O’Lakes is owned by Dean Foods, who is a known user of GMO sources.
Dean Foods. You might not have heard their name, but as one of the largest processors and direct distributors of dairy products in the U.S., you just might have bought one of their products before. Land O’Lakes, Garelick Farms, Alta Dena, Country Fresh, Berkeley Farms, Mayfield Dairy – all brands owned by Dean Foods.
The other thing that all of these brands have in common? GMOs.
While not genetically modified themselves, dairy products are not immune to the insidious impacts of GMOs. Cows living on industrialized farms, or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), are fed almost entirely GMO crops like corn, soy, alfalfa, cotton seed, and/or sugar beets. In fact, 98% of GM soy and 49% of GM corn goes to feeding livestock and poultry.
He also gets cash from American Crystal Sugar. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, even if that bite is a juicy slice of GMO pie. Another one on the list is Amy Klobuchar, who takes a lot of money from General Mills. General Mills tried to head in the better direction, but Shareholders of the company prevented them from doing so in 2014.
…when the industrial food behemoth’s shareholders were presented with a proposal to dump all genetically modified ingredients from the company’s vast lineup of brands, they responded with a resounding “No.”
Heitkamp takes the least from Big Food. However, she makes up with it in biotechnology, according to Politico.
Heitkamp was the most vocally conflicted supporter of the GMO labeling bill on Tuesday. Though she has been a firm supporter of biotechnology, she has long expressed opposition to preemption on state labeling. She expressed reservations about how the committee voted to preempt states “in a pretty cavalier way” even though she voted herself to advance the measure.
Essentially, pro-GMO bills (and that’s exactly what they are) are little more than scams. And scams typically involve bribes. Your health, your children’s health, your grandmother’s health, are all being sacrificed for increases in revenue.