TLB Preface: We who are awake are well aware of the rampant cronyism in politics and government today, but what surprises the hell out of most of us is how quickly those who make promises … forget them after elected.
Our president is no exception and as a matter of fact seems to have written the “how to” book on the subject. One of these promises was the labeling of GMO’s “Because Americans have the right to know what they are buying”, BULL! This was a great tag line when appealing to the massive majority of us who strongly oppose GMO’s and as usual was all show and no go.
Since in office he has stopped a two year investigation into monopoly seed practices by Monsanto, installed Monsanto executives in high administrative positions where the can exercise massive influence on the safety and content of our food, signed the Monsanto protection act, and more.
It is as if We The People mean nothing when compared to his powerful Bio-Buddies, and the health and well being of the entire American population are destined to take a back seat to this blatant favoritism. What ever happened to the days when an American president served the people?
One question Mr. President, Did you think we where not listening?
Attached you will find a great article on this subject published almost exactly two years ago. TLB believes it is worth revisiting for the sake of this topic of grave concern to us all …
Obama’s Broken Promise on GMO Food Labeling
By: By Tom Philpott
Back in 2007, a presidential candidate named Barack Obama declared that foods that include ingredients from genetically modified crops should be labeled. As president, he vowed, he would strive to “let folks know when their food is genetically modified, because Americans have a right to know what they’re buying.”
The ambitious senator from Illinois was no doubt sensing a popular cause. According to a 2010 poll (PDF) conducted by Reuters Thompson, more than 90 percent of Americans thought GMO-containing foods should be labeled.
As president, Obama has been silent on the issue, as has his FDA, which oversees food labeling. Meanwhile, Obama’s USDA—which oversees farming practices—has been greenlighting GMO crops left and right, even while acknowledging that they generate herbicide-resistant weeds and other troubles.
But a vigorous grassroots pro-labeling movement has been gaining steam for a while, and this week, a coalition of sustainable-food NGOs and organic businesses has launched a campaign to “flood the FDA with comments so they know that the public wants labeling of GE [genetically engineered] foods.”
Along with the public campaign, the group has also submitted a formal petition (PDF) to the FDA, which in the course of demanding labeling also lays out a blistering critique of the way agency regulates GMOs—which is to say, hardly at all.