by Linda Watson
Bill H446 would require labeling genetically modified food and milk from cows subjected to recombinant bovine growth hormone. As the bill says, we don’t know enough about the long-term environmental and health impacts of these new technologies. While I’d rather have the U.S. ban use of rBGH as Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia have, until then people should be given the opportunity to avoid tainted food. As Wikipedia says, “The United States is the only developed nation to permit humans to drink milk from cows given artificial growth hormone.”
Here’s where you can find the bill’s current status. Representative Bradley, who is the vice-chair of the House Agriculture Committee, is the primary sponsor and Reps. Pricey Harrison and Bill Faison are co-sponsors. Here’s where to find other members of the House Agriculture Committee. I’ve already written to my excellent Representative, Jennifer Weiss (D-Wake).
What do you sustainable dairy farmers think about this bill? Is it good as is or does it need tuning so it protects consumers with a minimal impact on your operations?
Here are some talking points if you want to contact your legislators about this bill:
People overwhelmingly want genetically engineered food labels so they have a choice. An MSNBC poll this year shows that 96% want genetically modified food labeled so people can make informed choices. A Deloitte survey in 2010 found that 70% of Americans are concerned about eating genetically modified food.
Scandalously, scientists must ask corporations for permission before publishing independent research on genetically modified crops, so the real dangers may be worse than we have been led to believe. Scientific American says “that restriction must end.”
On a related note, I had an excellent meeting with Congressman Brad Miller about funding unbiased research and Roundup Ready alfalfa last week. See my blog for details.
by Linda Watson