Big Food: The Public Can’t Handle The ‘Truth’ About GMOs

Last week, the US House passed the Safe and Accurate Food labeling Act of 2015, which bans states from requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods. Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado tried to change the name of the bill to the more accurate Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, but was unsuccessful.

The bill’s sponsor, Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas, claims: “Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered products has no basis in legitimate health or safety concerns, but is a naked attempt to impose the preferences of a small segment of the populace on the rest of us.”

64 other countries that require labeling disagree. Pompeo is either ignorant of or pretending not to know of a study published in the peer-reviewed Food and Chemical Toxicology three years ago.  The health website mercola.com summarizes the results as showing “that rats fed a type of genetically engineered corn that is prevalent in the US food supply for two years developed massive mammary tumors, kidney and liver damage, and other serious health problems.” There have been more than 30 similar studies.

Researchers doing these studies have nearly impossible obstacles to overcome. Monsanto makes farmers buying its genetically modified seed sign agreements not to use the product for research or to provide it to researchers. It sounds like they have something to hide.

Congressional “power” to ban states from requiring the labeling of GMOs is presumable based on the Interstate Commerce clause of the Constitution; however, the rationale is selectively applied. Hawaii, for example, restricts the import of plants from the mainland. And Arizona bans recreational marijuana grown in neighboring Colorado. States at the very minimum should have the authority to regulate what is produced within their own borders.

It goes without saying that members of Congress are supposed to represent the people and not the moneyed interests of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Monsanto.

The final irony is that back in 1999, Monsanto was caught banning GMO foods from its corporate cafeteria in Buckinghamshire, England. The UK’s Independent reports: “Monsanto confirmed the position. ‘Yes, this is the case, and it is because we believe in choice,’ said the company’s spokesman, Tony Coombes.”

The DARK Act proceeds to the US Senate, where similar legislation has not been previously introduced. Backers of true food choice are hoping the measure will die there. In reality, it’s the Big Food industry, not the public, which has problems handling the truth.

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Book Reveals How Educators Are Destroying America’s Children

Teaching is a self-sacrificing profession. Teachers are under-appreciated, overworked, and underpaid. But the educational establishment is another matter. It ties the hands of good teachers as it dumbs down our children.

Samuel Blumenfeld and Alex Newman are the co-authors of Crimes of the Educators. They take us on a wild ride as they document a process that has been going on for over 100 years.

Alex spoke to me from Florida.

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Film Satirizes Insensitive Efforts At Christian Relevance

More and more Christians are trying to bridge the gap between culture and church. But many are hampered by their own insensitivity. That’s insensitivity to other people and to God’s voice.  Jesus People looks at the problem through satire and models a solution.

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Who Really Discovered America? You Might Be Surprised…

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue; but he was guided by a map based on Chinese voyages. And according to a new book, Who Discovered America?:The Untold History of the Peopling of the Americas, the Minoans traveled to America about a thousand years before them.

Gavin Menzies calls Who Discovered America? his swan song book. Mostly retired, the octogenarian adventurer is passing the baton to his co-author, Ian Hudson, who speaks to us today from London.

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April 24th: The Day We Start Working For Ourselves Instead Of Government

April 24th is Tax Freedom Day for 2015.

It marks when we have finished paying our contributions to Uncle Obama and his counterparts in state and local government.

Let me explain how it is calculated…

According to the Tax foundation, which invented the holiday, Tax Freedom Day takes all federal, state, and local taxes, and divides them by the nation’s income.

In 2015, Americans will pay 3.28 TRILLION dollars in federal taxes. Guess how much more we pay in state and local taxes?

Watch the video below to find out!

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