Originally published October 7 2015
Eat here and die: Wyoming considering resolution to officially endorse GMO foods
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) For being the least populated state in the U.S., Wyoming sure doesn't seem all that interested in protecting the health and vitality of what few residents it does have. A state legislative committee has proposed a new resolution that would officially endorse genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as safe and also urge Congress to pass legislation barring individual states from passing their own mandatory GMO labeling laws.
According to the Associated Press (AP), Wyoming's Joint Agriculture, State and Public Lands, and Water Resources Interim Committee took a closer look at the proposed resolution on September 13. The committee's co-chairman, Senator Gerald Geis, a Republican from Worland, told the media that he expects the bill to pass easily and get passed on to the full legislature next year.
"It's being sent back to Congress to let them know that this GMO is needed if we're going to feed the world," he told the AP, referring to "this GMO" in not-so-grammatically-correct terms as an identifier for biotech crops and associated crop chemicals such as Roundup (glyphosate).
The resolution is an open endorsement for House Resolution 1599, also known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, or DARK Act, that we've been covering extensively in recent weeks. This proposed gag order, which has already been passed by the House, would prohibit individual states from enacting legislation to inform consumers about the presence of GMOs and GMO derivatives in food sold at grocery stores.
Nearly all corn and sugar beets grown in Wyoming are genetically modified Wyoming has a vested interest in protecting the unlabeled GMO racket because a considerable percentage of its agricultural stock is genetically modified. An information sheet issued by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) urging the passage of H.R. 1599 reveals that Wyoming has a $63 million stake in GMO sugar beets, which represent 95 percent of its statewide sugar beet crop. Wyoming's GMO corn crop is likewise valued at $50 million, with 93 percent of its corn stock being transgenic.
If the residents of Wyoming were to someday decide that they'd prefer to know if genetically altered Bt corn containing built-in Bt pesticide is hiding in their favorite corn chips, the state's GMO industry could suffer major financial and economic withdrawals. The bigwigs running this industry obviously don't want this to happen, hence their vehement support for tyrannous legislation like the DARK Act that would crystallize the food industry's veil of secrecy and deception.
"If consumers are interested in avoiding GMOs, voluntary labels are already present in the marketplace to provide this choice," is the attitude that the chemical cabal takes when it comes to your right to know what's in your food.
Contact Wyoming committee members and urge them to support labeling transparency rather than corporate cronyism All but one member of Wyoming's Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee is a Republican. Nevertheless, all of them need to know that endorsing legislation that would essentially make it illegal for states like Vermont and Connecticut, which have already passed GMO labeling laws, to protect their citizens with mandatory GMO labeling legislation is a betrayal of both liberty and informed consent.
A full list of the committee members and their contact information is available at the following link:
"What's clear is that the food industry and agrochemical companies are willing to do whatever it takes to keep consumers in the dark," says Colin O'Neil, director of government affairs for the Center for Food Safety, a consumer advocacy group that supports keeping people informed about what's in the foods they eat.
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