“The FDA has received over a million comments from citizens demanding labeling of GMOs. 90 percent of Americans agree. So, why no labeling?” ~ Dennis Kucinich

Via on Sep 27, 2012
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Last week, Dennis Kucinich took a stand against Monsanto on the House floor.

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Sign Food Democracy NOW’s petition to President Obama “imploring the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require mandatory labeling of foods meant for human or animal consumption that have been genetically engineered in laboratories or contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).”

Transcript of Dennis Kucinich’s speech:

In 1992 the Food and Drug Administration decided that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are the functional equivalent of conventional foods. They arrived at this decision without testing GMOs for allergenicity, toxicity, anti-biotic resistance and functional characteristics. As a result hundreds of millions of acres of GMO crops were planted in America without the knowledge or consent of the American people: no safety testing and no long term health studies.

The FDA has received over a million comments from citizens demanding labeling of GMOs. Ninety percent of Americans agree. So, why no labeling? I’ll give you one reason: The influence and the corruption of the political process by Monsanto. Monsanto has been a prime mover in GMO technology, a multi-million dollar GMO lobby here and a major political contributor.

There is a chance that Monsanto’s grip will be broken in California where a GMO labeling initiative is on the ballot. And here in Congress, my legislation HR 3553 will provide for a national labeling law. Americans have a right to know if their food is genetically engineered. It’s time for labeling and for people to know how their food is being produced.

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12 Responses to ““The FDA has received over a million comments from citizens demanding labeling of GMOs. 90 percent of Americans agree. So, why no labeling?” ~ Dennis Kucinich”

  1. In one word: Obama.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post
    In 2009, President Obama appointed Michael Taylor as a senior adviser for the FDA. Consumer groups protested the appointment because Taylor had formerly served as a vice president for Monsanto, the controversial agricultural multinational at the forefront of genetically modified food.

  2. EvanFromHeaven says:

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 18 state legislatures have considered bills to label GMOs with zero results, while the California ballot initiative Prop 37 will likely pass 2-1 on it's first try: sfgate.com/news/article/Biotech-food-measure-Prop-37-on-ballot-3788811.php This is another example of how MOST reforms start with the people using ballot initiatives, NOT by begging politicians. Here's the story on Colorado ballot initiatives for the last 20 yrs: http://spryeye.blogspot.com/2012/01/case-for-ball… And here are other examples, nationally: http://Vote.org/initiatives If you want hope and change, take the initiative:: http://Vote.org

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