Did you know both (pro-GMO) Obama, Bush II, and Clinton White Houses kept organic-only kitchens for themselves?
That Monsanto executives — makers of GMO products — have refused, personally, to eat genetically modified foods?
(update: I have now seen articles that both debunk and defend the story that Monsanto’s execs refuse GMO foods.
It is true about the organic kitchens in the Obama, Bush II, and Clinton White Houses.)
(Well Being Journal, Vol. 24, # 4, page 31: ‘Politicians Go Organic’)
This week — maybe today — Congress is expected to vote on the D.A.R.K. (Deny Americans Right to Know) Act, bill HR 1599 - (and HR 4432 - another pro-GMO labeling bill with hearing today) - which began as a labeling of GMOs bill, but was recently altered to state that communities will not be able to ever stand up and vote to ban genetically modified crops/seed in their region by local law.
That’s right: the power for citizens to stand up against GMO crops being grown in their community will forever be stopped with passage of this dangerous bill.
This bill is a really big power grab by corporate interests.
After all, isn’t our country supposed to be We the People — not We the Corporations?
By the People
For the People
Of the People.
If any of this is important to you — please — quickly — contact your congressperson and ask them to vote against bill HR 1599—and HR 4432 - the pressure for our representatives to cave to big agribusiness is huge.
Big business — that currently is pushing to permanently silence the power of citizens’ voices speaking out against genetically modified foods.
When I posted this piece last night on Medium, I received a one sentence response from fellow Medium writer, Timothy Boucher:
"Is this real life? It all seems too much for me sometimes."
I agree entirely.
This was my response this morning:
I am the ultimate reluctant activist — and in general, am not comfortable speaking out.
But I have to speak up when it comes to this.
We will only have GMO foods if these corporations aren’t stopped by all of our protest.
United voices really do have power.
The protest can be simply an email — this was mine (anyone feel free to copy relevant parts and send to your rep):
‘PLEASE listen to those of us horrified by the ever-increasing power of corporations pushing GMO crops — especially in areas where We, the People, do not want them and we have stood up and passed laws stating so.
STOP passage of the DARK Act, HR 1559 — stop the passage of a law where all citizens lose that power to speak up and demand mutated seeds be banned in our communities.
I also protest against HR 4432, which also offers protection to GMO industry and undermines accurate labeling of GMO foods.
This bill giving corporations such power over both individuals and governments is a terrible, terrible precedent. Please — do not allow this to happen!
Do you know both the Bush and Obama White Houses banned GMO foods for themselves, insisting on an organic kitchen for themselves?
Do you know that Monsanto executives refuse to eat GMO foods themselves, as well?
(Well Being Journal, Vol. 24, #4)
This citizen stands up with so many others, asking to be heard, asking for The People to be in charge, not corporations.
We The People.
“…of the People, by the People, for the People…”
UPDATE: The DARK Act passed in *the House,* 275-150
Bernie Sanders on GMO labeling, in 2013.