Tonight there are a million thoughts rolling around inside my head. Of everything ruminating deep in my brain, there is one common denominator that continues to ring true. This common factor is personal responsibility. We Americans, must stand up for our beliefs, continue reaching out to others spreading awareness, and possessing ownership for the presence of personal responsibility when it comes to protecting our democratic rights.
The truth here is that our government has little intent to correct the damages caused by the continued growth of GMO crops. The biotech industry has even less reason to recommend the reduction of farmer’s use of herbicides and pesticides. There are no corporate lobbyists behind the implementation of transparency when it comes to food safety, regulations, or even labeling legislation as demanded by today’s American consumer.
In fact, to me, it seems that the more common interest proves American citizens desire to have GMO foods labeled; the more these corporations are willing to shamelessly discredit any damning independent research, hinder statewide efforts for mandatory labeling, negotiate to increase the allowable levels for glyphosate (RoundUp) on edible crops, and even orchestrate closed-door, international trade agreements.
Right now, our President is currently pushing Congress to grant permission for “Fast Track” approval of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. I believe that each and every one of us must diligently take a stand on this matter. We must contact our senators, representatives through snail mail, social media, email, and even attempt to schedule face-to-face visitors with these lawmakers. This must happen right now – or all the momentum gained on GMO labeling, GMO hazards awareness, and increased honesty in regulation may be lost. Fast Track approval, officially known as “Trade Promotion Authority” for TPP negotiations is more dangerous than simply thwarting the anti-GMO movement. These secret dealings are driven by ruling corporations and impact everything from future copyright infringement to patent law, public health, freedom of speech, and of course, food safety, among other important issues. Check out this helpful handout created by the Flush the TPP organization for more basics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If you’re interested in more than a brief summary, you can also download their excellent TPP Toolkit. Would you like to know the specific corporations involved in these meetings? Take a look at the running list here. (Here is a copy of the February 2011 TPP featured on multiple websites.)
There have already been several reported documents leaked from these secret meetings that prove these corporations do not have honorable or even ethical intentions. Imagine how our world might be, if a corporation like Monsanto could literally sue a city or country for “trade barriers” like food safety regulations, GMO labeling requirements, and so on. With the TPP, this is a real possibility. Imagine how a country might react when faced with the reality that they must either lift their trade restrictions or face a giant behemoth like Monsanto in a special tribunal court. How fair and unbiased do you think such a court might be? If it’s anything like the current U.S. National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), it will be secretive, unethical, and will most often side with the corporations that have carefully crafted these processes to skirt legislation and the growing dislike of GMO-containing foods.
It is critically important that we let our lawmakers know that we are not in agreement with Fast Track approval of the TPP or any other trade dealings. If Congress chooses to grant this permission, then they have effectively given up our constitutional right for any democratic process in such a matter. Sign the petition to President Obama and U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman issued by the Organic Consumers Association. Then start contacting your members of Congress and state representatives to make certain our message is clear! Don’t authorize Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership!!