In response to the proposed King Amendment to the Farm Bill which would eliminate state rights, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) proposed an Amendment to uphold state rights. The Sanders Amendment sought simply to allow states to decide for themselves, as to whether or not they wanted to protect their residents with a GMO label law.
Sanders opined, “Monsanto and other major corporations should not get to decide this, the people and their elected representatives should... The concept we’re talking about today is a fairly commonsense and non-radical idea... All over the world, in the European Union, in many other countries around the world, dozens and dozens of countries, people are able to look at the food that they are buying and determine through labeling whether or not that product contains genetically modified organisms.”
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted against the Sander's Bill 71-27, delivering another blow to consumer and state rights. The U.S. GMO policy is well behind the rest of the world. Countries in the European Union, first began requiring labeling in 1997 and reportedly 64 nations now require GMO labeling.
If you believe in state and consumer rights and your right to know what is in the food you feed your family, contact your state senators and apprise them of your disapproval with the results of the Senate vote on the above matter.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.