At Bonneville Dam last week, water temperatures were more than 72 degrees, nearly 5 degrees higher than the 10-year average for this time period"
Bottom line is, most GMO crops are grown with massive amounts of pesticides, not less as Monsanto initially advertised. And that's the current, actual danger of consuming these products. Yes, the science is still out on long-term GMO effects. My opinion? Buy organic or grow your own, if you want GMO and pesticide-free foods.
Dear Mr. Heft,
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. I appreciate the time you have taken to share your views with me on this issue.
Under current law, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate the safety of all foods, including GMO foods. The FDA has found GMO foods to be just as safe and nutritious as non-GMO food, and therefore does not require any different or additional labeling for GMO food. Not only has the FDA found GMO foods safe, but the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Medical Association and the World Health Organization have all reached this same conclusion.,,
On 23 July 2015, the House passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 by a bipartisan vote of 275 to 150. If enacted, this legislation would grant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the sole authority to require mandatory labeling on GMO foods if they are ever found to be unsafe or materially different from foods produced without GMO ingredients. Under current law, states also have the authority to and have already begun to establish their own labeling requirements. This current arrangement will lead to a patchwork of state laws, making it difficult and expensive for food producers to comply with a wide range of requirements. The cost to comply with these regulations could lead to an increase of as much as $500 a year for a family of four.
H.R. 1599 would also require a developer of a GMO food to submit a notification to the FDA demonstrating that their food is as safe as a comparable non-GMO food. This notification will ensure that any biotechnology is studied and found safe before entry to market. Finally, for producers that would like to certify and market their product as free of GMOs, H.R. 1599 establishes a voluntary non-genetically engineered food certification program to permit the labeling of such foods. A number of organizations supported this legislation, including the Pennsylvania Farmers, Pennsylvania Food Merchants, and the Pennsylvania Restaurants.
I voted in favor of this legislation because without it, families, especially those who are already struggling to make ends meet, will be burdened by increased grocery costs. This is undoubtedly the reason that Vermont exempted 60% of food products from the GMO labeling requirement when they passed their own state law. Furthermore, H.R. 1599 will ensure that decisions regarding food labeling will continue to be made on the basis of the best scientific evidence available.
Upon House passage, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry where it awaits further action.
With Best Wishes,
Charles W. Dent
Member of Congress
I grow and write in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, which is situated where the Lehigh and Delaware rivers meet. At my home I grow as much food as possible – organic vegetables, herbs and fruit – with a focus on sweet corn, beans, tomatoes, basil, sweet peppers, parsley, carrots, potatoes, spinach, thyme, cucumbers, mint, melons, raspberries, blackberries and pears. I also find myself continuously expanding my flower garden when not in my vegetable garden or climbing the pear tree. My wife claims I have “a plant problem” and I think she’s right.
I’m not formally schooled in horticulture or botany, but I started gardening when I was in primary school, working alongside my mother and grandmother. My Paternal Grandfather had been a farmer, as was my Uncle, so you might say I was born into this sort of thing. As many gardeners have, I learned from experience and listening to the wisdom of previous generations. I add to my knowledge with an ever-expanding personal library devoted to all things plants.
P.S.: I’m always interested in guest blogging opportunities!