Vermont in recent months became the first state to require the labeling of GMO foods, and a county in Oregon went a step further by banning all genetically modified crops.
But if the U.S. House of Representatives has its way, the laws in Vermont and the Oregon county will be reversed — and Monsanto and GMO foods and crops will be protected from coast to coast. Such an anti-states’ rights bill actually passed the House in late July, and it could be law be the end of the year.
That’s the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Judith McGeary, the executive director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance who also serves on the board of directors for the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
McGeary is working to defeat the bill, H.R. 1599, and gives us the latest news out of Washington, D.C. She tells us:
- Why the bill is being pushed through Congress at a rapid pace.
- How it would further harm organic farms.
- Why opponents are calling the bill the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act.
- How it would impair consumer food safety.
- Why GMO labeling won’t drive up costs, as GMO advocates claim.
It may seem like all hope is lost, but it’s not. The bill can be defeated in the Senate, but McGeary says opponents of GMO foods and crops must speak out. Listen as McGeary tells us what we need to know … and why we have to stand up to D.C. politicians!