Monsanto’s Free Pass

The Farmer Assurance Provision was signed into law Tuesday night as a part of the HR 933 bill. The Farmer Assurance Provision, nicknamed the Monsanto Protection Act, is a rider to the HR 933 bill, which grants Monsanto (along with other GM seed producers) protection from the United States court system (immunity) and removes all requirements for environmental impact testing of GMOs. Prior to this provision being passed, the United States court system may have intervened, for example, should a genetically modified crop have proved hazardous or a GM crop contaminate a non-GM farmer’s field. This provision opens the door for a plethora of potentially dire consequences, as it essentially gives Monsanto (and other GMO producers) a free pass at using their GMOs as science experiment on our society.

If you have never looked into GMOs and their potential effects, I strongly suggest you do so. Here is a link to a post featured here on Wholesome Day some time ago discussing some of the basics of GMOs. Then, later we discussed GMOs again when Prop 37 was defeated in California. Click here to see that discussion, complete with a list of links to studies showing some of the adverse health effects of GMOs. Many countries already require GMO labeling or ban GMO’s entirely.

This provision was passed despite nationwide efforts from numerous organizations to stop the bill. The bill will remain in effect for at least six months. There are numerous organizations working to get citizens to sign petitions and such regarding the bill and prevent its extension in six months. Despite the disheartening news about the passage of the Farmer Assurance Provision, it’s more apparent than ever the importance of using our dollars to vote against GM products and work together to raise awareness for this very important issue.

This post was shared on Real Food Wednesday, Fight Back Friday, Old Fashioned Friday.

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What?! Prop 37 Defeated!

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Today I am in shock. Prop 37, which would have required labeling all products that contain GMOs, did not pass in California. I thought for sure it would have easily passed. It seems like it would be common sense to want to know what we are eating. Today I feel an odd sense of disillusionment (I thought more people cared about what they ate), anger (I hate that a 46 MILLION dollar advertising campaign could completely mislead people and convince them voting against Prop 37 would be a good idea), and sadness (I am sad that people are exposed to and consume GMOs. How many adverse health effects will people need to experience/witness before they recognize there is a problem with GM food?). However, hats off to all those in California who so diligently fought to have Prop 37 on the ballot and have GMOs labeled. Even though Prop 37 was defeated, at the very least it drew nationwide attention to this very important issue.

The food we eat has an incredible impact on our physical and emotional well-being. If you have never looked into GMOs and their potential effects, I strongly suggest you do so. Below you will find links to a few recent studies and articles that discuss some of the harmful effects of GMOs. Many countries already require GMO labeling or ban GMOs entirely. Hopefully, one day soon, Americans will start to see requirements for labeling of GMO products. Until then, let’s continue to raise awareness for this very important issue and continue to vote the best way possible- with our dollar.

It has been over a year now since our family decided to stop purchasing any genetically modified products (at least that we are aware of). Even over the past year of buying primarily from the farmer’s market and/or only organic produce at the grocery store, we have seen a significant increase in the organic produce options available for purchase from our mainstream grocery store. Additionally, we are seeing more and more area farmers offer CSAs and produce that is non-GMO. Perhaps a law will never need to be passed outlawing GMOs or requiring GMO labeling. Perhaps if we all just stop buying products we know are genetically modified, the large corporations will get the message that we have no interest in buying their products.

Here are a few recently published studies and articles on the effects of GMOs.