by Ali Papademetriou
On Thursday the United States Senate voted against an amendment to the upcoming Farm Bill, which would have ‘allowed’ states to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) if they so choose. The chamber voted with 71 yays and 27 nays.
The Senate’s decision is a prime example of why the federal government should not be involved with the food system in any way especially with the biotechnology industry, which manufactures GMO seeds and includes the infamous Monsanto Corporation.
Individual states in fact do have more power than the federal government, so why would the feds need to tell them whether or not they can or cannot do something? Horrifically, as the Huffington Post reported, the feds have threatened to take legal action over Connecticut and Vermont, both of which have already listened to their residents and implemented GMO labeling measures, for disrupting interstate commerce.
This of course is would be a total violation of the Tenth Amendment, showing that the State as a nation is trying to bully individual states for taking their own actions within their borders.
Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow who happens to be the chair of the Agriculture Committee told the Huffington Post that “This particular amendment would interfere with the FDA’s science-based process to determine what food labeling is necessary for consumers.”
Interestingly, nearly 90% of Americans say that they’re in favor of knowing what they’re eating and having the ability to look on a label to determine if they are consuming genetically engineered food ingredients. Regardless of what the Food and Drug Administration says, ignoring the wishes of the people is yet again another breach of the 10th.