By Anne Dietrich
Would you rather feed your kids food engineered by nature or Monsanto? Since more than 80% of processed food contains GMO’s, having a choice means labeling it. When former Congressman Jim Bates asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to label GMO’s the Secretary responded: “I have talked to my staff about labeling genetically engineered food. They said it wasn’t a good idea because, if we did that, the public might become concerned.” There’s good reason to be concerned. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s own scientists gave extensive warnings about these novel inventions. But genetically engineered organisms weren’t invented when the U.S. Food Drug and Cosmetic Act was written, and labeling was not stipulated when they hit the market in 1992. Why? Because the F.D.A. had determined genetically engineered crops were the same (‘substantively equivalent’) as conventional crops. Of course, this begs the question: If there weren’t any difference, then why were they genetically engineered . . ?
Anne Dietrich, was an Iowa farm wife and mother of six, who has been advocating for pure food for twenty years. She leads a grass-roots national campaign in the U.S. to pass the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, which requires labeling of food containing genetically engineered organisms.
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