The biotech industry almost never mentions the darker twin sister of GMOs – the pesticides that are paired with them.
By Brian Moench, Truthout | Op-Ed
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Ever since the rise of the Tea Party, the Republican Party has developed an allergy to science – especially any science related to climate or environmental protection. They have been called the “Anti-Science Party” and “Luddites,” even by prominent members of their own party. Lately, they have even trumpeted that “they are not scientists,” apparently in a tortured attempt to glorify their ignorance.
Rivaling their allergy to science is their disdain for federal agencies that use science to make rules they don’t like, based on science – the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the US Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bureau of Land Management – and just about anything that represents “big government.” So the rise of a Republican campaign that represents the exact opposite of their professed ideology is worth taking note of.
Whether or not GMOs are safe is strictly a scientific issue, but labeling is much more than that.
The “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (which should win an award for irony in naming) would bring the federal hammer down on states to prevent them from requiring labels identifying food that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Chief sponsor of the bill Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) states on his website that the federal government’s primary role is “to get the heck out of way [sic] and let the citizens of this great nation prosper with individual and economic freedoms.” Just where is the “federal government getting out of the way” part of this legislation? Where is this bill’s deference to individual freedom, like the freedom to know what you are putting in your mouth?