Where do our elected ‘representatives’ stand on this issue?
Predictably, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx voted against your right to know. She wrote in her weekly newsletter: “On Thursday the House approved legislation that would establish a new, voluntary certification process at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for non-genetically engineered foods, creating a nationally uniform labeling process. Without uniformity in food labeling, America’s food producers are forced to follow different standards in each state, which is expensive for farmers and confusing for consumers.”
In response to my visit to his office on Capital Hill in March, Senator Thom Tillis responded with this statement: “I understand your interests in requiring food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically modified foods and products, and I am aware of numerous proposals being discussed in the Senate that would address some of your concerns. In the course of considering these proposals, it will be my goal to balance consumer protection with the need to avoid stifling American business owners with more unworkable regulations. At least one of those proposals calls for giving additional responsibilities and mandates to the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that reports it is already in need of additional resources to carry out its existing mission and statutory obligations. At base, this does not seem like a wise course of action. “
Once again, our ‘representatives’ are coming out against consumers. Consumers who want to know if a product contains gluten, meat, eggs, dairy, peanuts and all manner of things. But when it comes to GMOs, business interests trump that of the public.
We will continue to fight, to write letters, and to inform you of the issue. Please let me know your thoughts on the issue and read our newsletter and blog posts to stay informed on the latest developments.