by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
Notwithstanding the best efforts of the Biotech Industry to stop GMO labeling at the state level, the GMO label movement in support of the peoples’ right to know what is in our food is rapidly growing across the country. Monsanto and company have to date, successfully expended millions of dollars to fight against GMO labeling on a state by state basis. However, even a blind man can see that the “tide has changed” and GMO labeling is virtually inevitable.
In that the Biotech Industry holds on to profits like a mother to her newborn, they have now brought out their proverbial ace up their sleeve. U.S. republican congressman Mike Pompeo from the great state of Kansas, has just introduced legislation that seeks to effectively preclude states from passing a GMO label law. Ironically, he has dubbed his legislation “The Safe And Accurate Food Labeling Act Of 2014,” which would give sole authority to the FDA to enact a GMO label law if foods with genetically modified ingredients “… are ever found to be unsafe… .”
According to Pompeo’s press release, “GMO’s are safe and have a number of important benefits for people and our planet. GMO crops use less water and fewer pesticides and reduce the price of crops by 15 – 30 percent. ” The press release continues to state that, “Contrary to claims by activists, there is no scientific evidence that suggests foods that contain GMO’s are anything but safe.”
Congressmen are elected by the people and are suppose to represent their best interests. One can’t help but question the true agenda behind the proposed legislation, which appears to be more representative of big business than the people. Whether you believe GMO’s are safe or unsafe, we the people should have the basic right to know what is in the food we eat.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.