Up in Montpelier, Vermont, a move to label food with genetically modified organisms is afoot, as the Vermont House has voted yes on legislation to do just that.
Vermont is widely known as a place full of citizens concerned about the health of the planet, real foods, and healthy living. Thankfully, they have political representatives who also believe in all that, unlike most politicians “representing” the people today. Voted 107 to 37, it passed with whopping support. However, there are some downsides before a law can even be passed…
First of all, the bill exempts food made from animals. Yes, you read that right – dairy and meat are exempt from a GMO law. Sure, vegetables may be free of GMOs if the bill is ever signed into law, but the what is oftentimes the most antibiotic and toxic food will be exempt from the law. How this makes sense, I don’t know. Also, the Senate isn’t going to be debating or voting on this measure until next year, because they were just too busy and they don’t have any more time to deal with it until 2014. Of course, if they would all stop taking vacations for half the year. Down in Washington, in 2013, Congress will end up taking 239 “vacation days” – wish I had that kind of employer that would allow me to do that. Wait a minute… as a taxpayer I am the employer!
While other countries are busy banning GMOs from their foodstuff – Italy, Austria, and France, to name a few – America is busy signing laws that guarantee Monsanto protection against lawsuits from those of who eat food. Vermont, it seems, may be alone in trying to get this law passed for their state, but it may be too little too late by the time the Senate votes on it. By then, Monsanto will probably be in the state trying to sue someone over the issue, and minds will be “changed.”
All we can do is vote with our wallets. Don’t buy GMO foods if you can help it, don’t support companies that use GMOs, and try to grow some of your own food using non-GMO seeds.