Congress Poised to Pass Bill Taking Away Your Right to Know What's in Your Food

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  1. poncho

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    Tell your Congressman or Congresswoman to vote "No" on House of Representatives Bill H.R. 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act," coming to a vote in Washington, D.C this Thursday, March 2

    Label ReadingThe House of Representatives will vote this week on a controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law that will take away local government and states' power to require food safety food labels such as those required in California and other states on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning. This bill would also prevent citizens in local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients such as Monsanto's recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) be labeled.

    The House will vote March 2, 2006 on a bill that would gut state food safety and labeling laws. H.R. 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act," lowers the bar on food safety by overturning state food safety laws that are not "identical" to federal law. Hundreds of state laws and regulations are at risk, including those governing the safety of milk, fish, and shellfish. The bill is being pushed by large supermarket chains and food manufacturers, spearheaded by the powerful Grocery Manufacturers of America.

    Big food corporations and the biotech industry understand that consumers are more and more concerned about food safety, genetic engineering, and chemical-intensive agriculture, and are reading labels more closely. They understand that pesticide and mercury residues and hazardous technologies such as genetic engineering and food irradiation will be rejected if there are truthful labels required on food products. Industry-sponsored H.R. 4167 is gaining momentum and must be stopped! Act now! Preserve local and regional democracy and protect yourself and your family from unsafe food by sending an email or calling your Representative and urging them to vote "No" on H.R. 4167.

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  2. Johnv

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    That's a bit misleading. The link of the OP presumes that "genetically engineered" foods are automatically "bad", despite that most foods on the market have been genetically engineered to some degree for the past 200 years.

    The National Uniformity for Food Act of 2005 amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to prohibit any state or political subdivision from establishing any requirement that is not identical to specified FFDCA provisions (that would result in materially different requirements), or any notification requirement that provides for a warning concerning the food's safety that is not identical to FFDCA provisions.

    It does permit states to petition for exemption or to establish a national standard regarding any requirement under FFDCA or the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act relating to food regulation.

    State will also be permitted to establish state requirements relating to national uniform nutrition labeling if the requirement is needed to address health hazards.

    Upon review of the bill, it looks like sound legislation that will ease red tape put on businesses while still keeping the consumer informed. Therefore, I favor the bill.
     
  3. poncho

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    I don't believe they are talking about the same type of genetic manipulation you are Johnv.

    Here's a few articles on GM food.

    Insecticides have been genetically linked to the plant genes. Vaccines have also been genetically linked to plant genes. Mmmmmmmm.


    Not only that but, because these GM foods and seeds have a genetic identifier companies like Monsanto can sue farmers and seize their property over growing these foods without permission of Monsanto. Even if the farmers crop was contminated by accident from the wind blowing pollens from another farmers field or Monsanto people deliberatly spreading the seeds in farmers fields.

    MONSANTO SUES FARMERS OVER 'SINGLE-SEASON SEEDS

    I know I know, News With Views isn't a credible news source like Fox or CNN that are more than happy to take billions of dollars from advertizers like Monsanto and who would hate to lose those billions by reporting anything negative about their benefactors products.
     
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    Well, I'm waiting for them to do away with labeling of the country of origin, so consumers won't know if the onion came from the USA or Peru, grapes from the USA or Chile, broccoli from the USA or from Mexico grown in human waste. That will probably be next under the NAFTA/FTAA/CAFTA / NWO.

    Check out the Easter jelly beans next time you shop. They all say Made in Mexico even though the package says Brachs, etc. We don't even know if the Mexican factories are clean. After all, there is no FDA, etc. And we don't know what's in those jelly beans, either, even if the ingredients are listed, who knows what might be in these products being imported to American consumers? Ugh.
     
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    Harmonization sounds good though LE. Can't wait to see how well Codex is accepted after vitamins and supplements have been harmonized to global standards in the USA.

    All those folks that fell for the PC word games and supported CAFTA are in for a shock in the very near future methinks.
     
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    I don't think that genetically engineered or irradiated food is bad. But consumers have a right to know what they are getting.

    If the law passes, I see a business opportunity. Set up a service certifying food products to be neither genetically altered nor irradiated. You could design a sticker, say a frankenstein head, in a circle with a bar through it.
     
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    Just as long as I'm getting my RDA of rat droppings, sawdust, and other impurities within the legal limits, I am fine.
     
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    Actually, in all seriousness, who really believes Congress works for the people?

    Wasn't it Mark Twain or Will Rogers who said the opposite of PROgress is CONgress?
     
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    Poles is not joking. There are federal standards for how much of those things is tolerable in our food.

    Want to have some fun? Take a package of frozen broccoli. Let it thaw, and then put it in a bowl of water with enough salad oil to cover the top of the water. Mix it for a few minutes. Then take a magnifying glass and see what collected in the oil.

    Don't worry, though. If it's cooked, it's perfectly O.K. And there is some evidence that chitin (the stuff that makes roach exoskeletons stiff) is actually good for you.

    http://www.youngagain.com/chitmir.html

    Bon appetite.
     

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