LNH Note: Our clients and readership know that LNH is passionate about optimizing nutritional choices. That said, we support FRESHthemovie.com in their efforts to create awareness regarding the current state of our food supply. Most Americans take their food source for granted, or don't even give it a thought, with a, "hey, it's in the store, so it's gotta be ok -- right?" Well, not really.
It's becoming increasingly important that EVERYONE take a good look at the food source and what part corporate chemical giants, such as Monsanto --- the same folks who brought us Agent Orange and other deadly chemicals, play in our food. Please take a moment to read this email from FRESHthemovie.com, and exercise your vote before December 6, 2010 by clicking the link below.
It probably won’t come as a surprise that Monsanto actually feels they have the right to bypass the US Federal Court system.
Just last August, a Federal court ruled that the USDA’s prior approval of Monsanto’s genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” sugar beets was unlawful because the USDA had neglected to conduct adequate analysis of the impacts of this crop on farmers and the environment. The ruling made it illegal to plant or sell genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets until further studies were conducted, which the USDA estimated would be finished in 2012.
But Monsanto doesn’t play by the rules. They had the audacity to go ahead and plant the illegal seedlings, which, two days ago were ordered to be destroyed by US court. This is the first time in US history that a court has ordered a genetically modified crop destroyed. Despite all of this, the USDA is proposing to allow Monsanto to sell & plant the GE sugar beet seeds this spring. To add insult to injury, we have an absurdly short window to voice our opposition - the USDA is giving us till December 6th to submit comments regarding their proposal.
We cannot let Monsanto’s sugar beets get through - it sets a bad precedent, suggesting that Federal ruling doesn't really mean anything and that Monsanto has more power than the government agencies that are supposed to be maintaining checks and balances to keep our food system safe.
Currently, the USDA does not require manufacturers to label foods that contain GE ingredients. The U.S. is one of the world’s largest sugar producers - sugar beets account for 55% of our sugar products. This year, it's estimated that 95% of the sugar beet seeds in the US are genetically modified. Unless we act now, we aren't going to have an option for non-GMO sugar beets.
The multi-million dollar agriculture companies are pushing hard to get GE foods into our food supply without our knowledge and we have to fight back.