Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and Genetically Engineered Seeds (GE) and the companies that produce them have essentially been given immunity should anyone get sick from them, as there is now a law protecting them. Should a GMO bill that was created by the company that would benefit the most from it really be made into a law? The bill, dubbed the Monsanto Protection Law, was written by Senator Roy Blunt with direct help from the Monsanto Corporation and has been signed by President Obama. To say it is controversial is the nicest thing that could be said about this. Senator Blunt has been the recipient of the largest contributions to a campaign by the Monsanto Corporation, receiving upwards of $64,000 between 2008 and 2012. This in and of itself seems suspect, in addition to the fact that this bill was buried 78 pages into the resolution spending bill. Many in Congress claim that they did not know the Monsanto Protection Act was even part of the bill they were signing.
Although there is no hard proof that GMO’s are hazardous to the health of humans, the studies already done should not be taken lightly and have made Americans leery of products that contain GMOs. Now, with the passing of this bill, even if studies do end up proving there is a health risk, the companies that produce them are protected under this law. These modified organisms and seeds don’t seem to even be that effective for their intended use, and now that the federal government has taken away any rights the American people have should they contract a disease such as cancer from these genetically modified products, they will have no recourse. Originally intended to raise the yield of crops and to raise the longevity of crop producing soil, these effects seem to be only temporary.
Now that the federal government has no power to stop the use or sale of these products, where does that leave the consumer? The American people did try to stop this bill with over 250,000 signing a petition to veto the spending bill due to the bio-tech rider attached to it. The president, who has shown that he is a bit soft when it comes to GMOs, ignored that petition and signed it into law anyway. Why did Obama promise the American people he would have GMO labels placed on all applicable food back in 2007 when it is now obvious he had no such intention of enforcing it? Who is running this country anyway, the US government or big business that seems to be able to manipulate Congress?
This is a scary message to send, and by signing the GMO bill into law, it lets big corporations know that there are ways around doing the right thing for consumer safety. Even though it is only in effect for 6 months, the message it has sent has been heard loud and clear by the American people, and worse yet big businesses.
Opinions by Kristi Cereska
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