At least 42 million people in America are food insecure. You can look it up on the USDA website. Within that group, 29 million live in food deserts. These are poor communities that have no access to food, unless you consider beer and other types of alcohol food.
I have watched all the hearings related to GMO labeling issues and the DARK Act, more than once. I have some sections practically memorized. It really angers me when witnesses and then Congressmen claim that GMO labels are unnecessary since there are non-GMO labeled foods and foods that are labeled organic. Some of these people just lie, while others are extraordinarily stupid; there are other people – driven by an insatiable greed – who are simply cunning and spread disinformation on purpose. Whoever the messenger is, the message is wrong. Very wrong.
People who experience food insecurity have to decide whether to put off paying the electric bill, or buy crap for dinner. Crap is cheap, and it’s all pretty much processed with genetically modified foods. For these people, buying organic is hardly a viable option, and relatively few foods are labeled non-GMO. This myth that people already have an alternative and that GMO labels aren’t needed should be challenged in Congress and put to rest, once and for all.
This GMO bill proposal is horrendous. It discriminates against the poor, period. It is perpetuating class warfare. Only the privileged get to decide not to eat GMOs, everyone else has to just shut up and eat them.
When you took your oath of office, you swore to represent all of your constituents (who by the way are flesh and blood people, not corporate persons). You did not swear an oath to represent only those who are so well-off that they can buy the necessary phone that is required along with the cost for the plan by the provider. By supporting this proposed bill, you are not just ignoring an entire population of millions of Americans, you – and anyone who supports this atrocious bill – are saying that millions of Americans in this country don’t count, they don’t matter, they have no voice, no representation in the federal government. To be blunt, it is a spit in the face of these Americans.
This is an affront to democracy itself: “The First Amendment directs us to be especially skeptical of regulations that seek to keep people in the dark for what the government perceives to be their own good …”
Liquormart, Inc. v. Rhode Island, 517 U.S. (1996) [Supreme Court]
That’s what this bill does by design: it promotes a broken system that will keep, by default, millions of people in the dark. It is unfair. It should be fought against solely on the basis that it discriminates against the poor, the elderly and minorities. The question is: are you too much of an elitist to see this truth?
“Some people they’re blind to the fact that there are cities – communities – in the United States which equal nothing more than third world countries. You cannot buy any healthy food whatsoever … the place where I live it’s virtually impossible to buy any kind of healthy food whatsoever.” – Ron Finley, an urban farmer who grew up in the food desert of South Los Angeles.
Don’t be blind, Senator. Don’t discriminate against the poor.Vote against this bill.
A flesh and blood constituent
You can read more about the proposed GMO bill here: “The GMO Labeling Fight: No Matter the outcome, the U.S. Government is the Loser,” June 30, 2016
सत्यमेव जयते – Satyameva Jayate
(Truth Ultimately Triumphs)
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