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With sales of organic products growing 10% a year and record interest in better nutrition and diets, the US House of Representatives has just taken a dramatic step …. against the tide of history.  On July 23rd, by 275-150, our Representatives made it illegal for a state to require food labeling of GMO ingredients.

No larger agenda, no other information is on the proposed label than:  “Contains GMO Ingredients.”   But, if Washington gets its way, those three words can never be required on a food product.  Ever.

What is so sinister and threatening that such a label needs its own Federal Law?

And, why are States Rights, by which America has always preserved autonomy and local control, being preempted for the high principle of stomping out three words?

The measure, euphemistically called the “Dark Act”, follows numerous local initiatives seeking to label GMO foods, including one involving Vermont, Connecticut and Maine, which each passed a law requiring such labeling by 2017.

Forty years into the Age of Information, where anyone with a cell phone can find answers about any product in the world, and the United States wants to ensure the public gets no clear signal when it comes to buying genetically modified food?

If the Federal Government feels compelled to control — and in this case, censor — language on a food label, you know one thing for sure:  it’s time to follow the money.

Of course, in their wisdom, the House is opening the barn door after the horses are out.  Corn grown in the United States has a 92% likelihood of being genetically modified;  soy, a very common food additive, 94%.  Unless you buy Organic, you can assume you are getting more than your daily allowance of genetically modified food.

So, what’s the big deal?

The Dark Act is a huge issue because  Americans spend so little time or effort to understand what they put in their grocery cart.  And, studies show, a simple label, three words, declaring GMO contents would likely end Genetically Modified food production in the United States.

Why?  Because people do not want to eat genetically modified foods.  Who does?

That’s why there are no GMOs in Europe.  They’re illegal.  Nor any in much of Asia.  Not wanted.  Only North America, via the United States, continues this radical and untested human experiment of splicing pig genes into a vegetable in hopes it lasts longer on a shelf or turns a different color upon ripening — side-effects be damned.

That’s a huge problem for Monsanto, Syngenta, Con-Agra and the rest of Big Farma.  People don’t want their proprietary bio-engineered food and if properly labeled, simply won’t buy it.  And so, the game is to make sure people do not understand that most food bought in grocery stores contains genetically modified ingredients designed in a laboratory.

It’s that simple.

Along with state laws that make it illegal to photograph or film Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) — or even farms in some cases — the Dark Act tells us pretty much everything we need to know about how our government works and for whom.  The Public’s “right to know” has been replaced by the Corporations’ “right to own” our government and laws.

Seriously.

Our government is saying to the public:  The less you know about food you buy, especially how it was produced, the better off our country will be.   They not only tell us this, they pass a Federal Law to ensure it — ensuring Big Farma gets bigger, stronger and exerts more control over what Americans eat, grow and understand about food.

Like with every piece of legislation, our elected representatives’ highest purpose is to help the wealthiest clients who visit their office.  Big Farma has the dough and gets laws written — even when it means tossing aside the interests of the public.

Over and over.  That’s the sad state of American Democracy.

It is also why, in terms of what I call the Local Food Revolution, the issue is about a lot more than improving personal health or strengthening the local economy.

The best, and maybe only card Americans hold to stop this kind of government overreach and cronyism, is to take some radical, albeit uniquely domestic, actions.  When our government outlaws a centuries old product like raw milk, allows the wholesale pollution of rivers and streams and calls it farming, and when it protects industrial food producers and penalizes the small guy, it is time for the rest of us to take a stand and do something.

I suggest, rather than supporting a corporation and their products, rather than trusting the government and its regulations, rather than acquiescing to a kind of food by propaganda, smart eaters — informed citizens — need take it upon themselves to get their meat, dairy and produce direct from farms they know and trust.  And then cook it at home or go to a restaurant that does the same.

You will be happier, heartier and healthier doing so.   I guarantee it.

When government provides, time and again, dubious food information, restricts access to quality food, neglects to hold producers accountable for shoddy practices, and fails to prevent widespread food-borne disease, there really is no alternative.

Keep it safe, keep it healthy, keep it simple.   Keep it local.  Buy from a farm you know and trust.

It’s simple and profound.  And it’s hard to do.   But sourcing your food, carefully and continuously, has just become, in light of the Dark Act, a huge political statement about American Freedom.

Whether it’s being labeled that way or not.