I don’t just complain, you know

My letter to the Democrats on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee about the most recent iteration of the GMO labeling preemption legislation.

86 South St.
Brattleboro, Vt  05301

February 24, 2016

Sen. Debbie Stabenow                        Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Sen. Patrick Leahy                               Sen. Joe Donnelly
Sen. Sherrod Brown                            Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Sen. Amy Klobuchar                            Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr.
Sen. Michael Bennet

Re:    Amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to establish
a national voluntary labeling standard for bioengineered foods    

Dear Senators:

I am seriously worried that the above referenced legislation, introduced by Senator Roberts, Chair of the Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry Committee on which you all serve, might pass the Committee.

I believe my food choi­­ces are essential to health, food labeling is very important to me, and I and millions of other Americans require mandatory GMO labeling for our health and well being.  I have leukemia and kidney disease, and I must protect my remaining health.  The difference, for example, between conventionally produced (presumed GMO feed) and organic eggs is obvious.  Organic eggs have more color and flavor, and just feel and taste better to eat.  I have found my best meals are those with the least technological processing, and I read all labels thoroughly when making food choices.

In addition, as was established in legal discovery by Steven Druker, President of the Alliance for Biointegrity and lead plaintiff in an important lawsuit against the FDA, the FDA’s conduct in the approval of GM organisms has been illegal.  The required safety testing was simply not done, the approvals were issued over the unresolved concerns of many internal FDA scientists, and the two year rat study by Seralini et al. showed undeniable associations between cancer and GMO consumption.

In short, GMO foods are a fraud.  They have been represented as containing no non-ordinary influences on human health, but this is simply a lie made up of whole cloth, and it is not the only one.  A 30 year study by The Rodale Institute showed that organic harvest yield volumes have the same potential as conventional agriculture offers.  In addition, it has been shown that the world is currently producing enough food to feed nearly twice as many people (14 bil.) as there are living on Earth today.  Therefore, global food problems we face are distributive and ministerial in nature.   As to food production problems, these tend to emanate from technology rather than nature, and suggest a shift to simpler, natural, sustainable agricultural techniques.

I beg you to please vote against and otherwise act to block this harmful labeling preemption amendment from passage through your Committee.

Thank you for your service and attention,

                                                            Wat Stearns


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