Well there is a bit of good news on the GMO front, at least in Asia, for India has now passed laws requiring that GMO food products be appropriately labelled:
As the article notes, India joins a growing list of countries – Poland, France, Hungary, Germany, Canada, to name but a few – whose governments appear at least semi-responsive to their citizenry and the common sense concerns over GMOs. But then there’s this said commentary:
“In the wake of crippled labeling attempts inside the United States thanks to Monsanto-backed corporate deception, such as phony campaign materials designed to deceive California’s Prop 37 GMO labeling campaign, this is an extremely bold message by India. A message that will likely be picked up by neighboring countries where citizens have been demanding GMO labeling — or even an outright ban. The move also comes after other countries like Poland already took moves to ban Monsanto’s genetically modified maize.
This, really, is the comment that should upset Americans, for it is a sad commentary on the fact that, really, Americans no longer have a government. To be sure, there’s a government in Washington, but it is responsive only to the needs of bankers, corporations, and the revolving door of corruption between corporations and federal “agencies,” in this case, we can think of the revolving door between “agribusiness” and the FDA and other agencies that helped pave the way for the GMO harvest. We can thank the mercantilist finance-capital model that most Americans mistake for a “market economy.”
Why is this so? Because increasingly Americans are forced to try to deal with issues affecting the whole country on the state level, in this case, the recent example of California, New Mexico, and Washington being the latest example. Indeed the defeat of Proposition 37 in California was somewhat ironic for anyone who has ever traveled by highway into that state, and been stopped at the state’s borders to declare whether or not there are any plants or fruits in the car. California, you see, took definite, if somewhat ridiculous, steps to protect its agriculture from contamination by insects hopping a ride in trucks and cars from Arizona. But the risky business of GMOs was another matter. And now we see reassuring commercials of happy smiling farmers in lush green fields of GMO crops.
But ultimately, the truth will out: there are enormous health risks to these “products”, and no amount of bullying, badgering, and corporate intimidation will conceal it. GMOs, like global warming, are shaping up to be another failed elitist meme.
See you on the flip side…