PURE FOOD WATCH - March 2012
Floyd L. Cranmer Jr.
MILLIONS AGAINST MONSANTO
While numerous organizations including the Organic Consumers Association, Center for Food Safety, Cornucopia Institute, Green Peace, Mercola.com, Environmental Working Group, Institute for Responsible Technology, Public Citizen, Nation of Change, Nutrition and Healing, and Natural Society are making a concerted effort to inform the public about the dangers of genetically modified foods, our governmental agencies and now more and more of our judiciary seem to be kowtowing to Monsanto. A group of organic farmers and seed growers sued Monsanto because of their concern of having their crops contaminated by genetically modified crops and then in addition to losing their organic crops, they were sued by Monsanto for having its patented plants on their farm and required to pay a royalty to Monsanto. The judge in the case was sadly uninformed and dismissed the case, claiming that “Monsanto wouldn’t have any reason to sue organic farmers, because such farmers wouldn’t be interested in using Monsanto’s seeds.” Tell this to the farmers who have had Monsanto’s police trespass on their farm and then been sued when they found that their crops had been contaminated by GM crops.
I was delighted to read that on March 12th a bipartisan and bicameral (I had to look this one up “composed of two legislative chambers”) letter signed by 55 Members of Congress and 400 businesses and organizations, was sent to the FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg calling on the agency to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.
The letter stated “At issue is the fundamental right consumers have to make informed choices about the food they eat…The agency currently requires over 3,000 other ingredients, additives, and processes to be labeled; providing basic information doesn’t confuse the public, it empowers them to make choices. Absent labeling, Americans are unable to choose for themselves whether to purchase GE foods. We urge you to fully review the facts, law, and science, and side with the American public by requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods as is done in nearly 50 countries throughout the world” Since the filing, the public has submitted over 850,000 comments in support of labeling.”
I was disappointed however that my NJ senators were not included and only one NJ congressman Rush Holt, from District 12 was among the list.
Please phone or write your legislators and tell them to please get on our side and represent the 99% that want to have GMOs labeled so that we can have a choice and know what we are eating.
 Fifty-Five Members of Congress Call on FDA to Require Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods: Organicconsumers.org