Americans determined to know what is being put in their food will have a much more difficult task after President Obama signs a new bill that effectively protects biotech giants.
Although he once campaigned on the idea that people “have a right to know what they’re buying”, Obama has since reversed his stance on GMO’s and made his administration one of the most friendly towards corporations like Monsanto. Thus, it will be no surprise if he signs the so-called Dark Act, a piece of legislation that makes labeling of GMO’s the exclusive province of the federal government.
At first glance, this might seem like exactly what anti-GMO activists have been calling for: mandatory labeling of food products made through GMO processing. The way the labels will be written however, is so vague and inaccessible to consumers that it defeats the whole purpose of the measure, allowing Monsanto and rival corporations to run roughshod over the food we eat.
Since he took office, Obama has staffed both the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration with former Monsanto employees and allies. USDA commissioner Tom Vilsack, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, and even Hillary Clinton all can be tied to Monsanto one way or the other, whether it’s serving as counsel to the biotechnology firm or simply earning praise from it.
Obama’s lax approach towards Monsanto would also explain why the EPA has not pursued action against the company despite knowing very well that it’s Roundup product put Americans at increased risk of getting cancer:
“And now let us look at what key Obama appointees have wrought for their true bosses. Let’s see what GMO crops have walked through the open door of the Obama presidency.
Monsanto GMO alfalfa.
Monsanto GMO sugar beets.
Monsanto GMO Bt soybean.
Syngenta GMO corn for ethanol.
Syngenta GMO stacked corn.
Pioneer GMO soybean.
Syngenta GMO Bt cotton.
Bayer GMO cotton.
ATryn, an anti-clotting agent from the milk of transgenic goats.
A GMO papaya strain.
Genetically engineered salmon.
This is an extraordinary parade.
Obama was, all along, a stealth operative on behalf of Monsanto, biotech, GMOs, and corporate control of the future of agriculture.”