Friday, June 7, 2013

RC Lloyd: Congress should listen to constituents on GMOs

Recently Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) and 70 other U.S. senators voted against the Sanders Amendment, which would have allowed states to require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in the food chain.

As Monsanto is the primary proponent of this "Frankenstyle" modification in the food supply and prime opponent of the Sanders Amendment one must be reminded of an earlier Monsanto "trust me" -- Agent Orange. Vietnam estimates 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of the use of Agent Orange. That count does not include members of the various militaries that were exposed to this "trust me" defoliant.
Nearly 40 years removed from the last Monsanto "trust me" fiasco in Vietnam and 71 senators have just voted to "trust them--Monsanto" again regarding GMO. It would appear Senators in Washington need to be reminded of two things. 1.) Grandma's homily of "Once burned. Twice learned." And 2.) Vote the will of your constituents versus big industry.

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