Truth in Labeling

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mutant fishMy cousin Josh took me out to dinner last night. We only see each other a couple times a year because he lives in northern Ohio. He is about 9 years older than I am and well inside the boundaries of Generation-X, while I am right on the cusp between being a Gen-X and a Millennial. My younger sister is a true Millennial and I enjoy conversations with both of them because they have very different life perspectives. They both know I’m an opinionated bitch so they like to argue with me knowing I love a good argument. I tease Josh because he smokes and drinks too much and thinks he’s God’s gift to women and he teases me for being so openly bi-sexual and having so many friends-with-benefits. He also teases me for being a knee-jerk liberal like his dad (who was a big influence on me) but he doesn’t like to be labeled, so his politics are deliberately elusive and hard to pin down. I think he’s a closet liberal but he goes out of his way to make fun of my progressivism all the time just to get a rise out of me. Labels were one of the subjects of our conversation last night. Why do so many resist labels? Of course we all want to think of ourselves as individuals but how do we know what anyone or anything stands for without adjectives or descriptions? It seems to me that it is more a fear of being judged. Members of the GOP never like to be labeled for what they actually are either: anti-women, anti-gay, anti-poor… they are so transparently serving only the interests of the wealthiest Americans, and yet they object when anyone accuses them of it.

Last week I visited my sister at her college. We were discussing where to eat and she proceeded to warn me to never eat at KFC because they have developed and marketed genetically-modified chicken which don’t even have feet but mature in days to maximize production efficiency. I hadn’t heard that but I never dine at KFC anyway, but if she’s right, they seem to be keeping it a big secret. I don’t recall hearing any mention of their new and improved chicken genes in their advertising. I just read where the FDA is in the last stages of approving a genetically-modified salmon to market to consumers without their knowing what they’re really eating. They are splicing eel genes into the artificial salmon (yummy!) but the company, Aqua Bounty which has patented the artificial lifeform is being allowed to sell it as regular salmon without disclosing the true nature of the product. One more food off my list! This past fall California voters were unable to defeat food-industry efforts to block a referendum which would require food manufacturers to list what’s in the food they market. Why have they spent so much money to avoid legislation requiring truthful labeling? What are they hiding? They spent far more money lobbying against the bill than they ever would have spent complying with the regulations. Basically they’re telling us that the more we know, the less likely we are to buy their products, which is pretty scary!

Despite intense consumer opposition the Monsanto Company has genetically modified wheat, soybeans and corn to be resistant to their own pesticides so farmers can use the massive amounts of Roundup pesticide that is now needed to kill weeds which have become resistant to it through natural-selection. No screening has been conducted to determine the possibility of allergic reactions by consumers to the grains which have been genetically spliced with genes from other plants that have been known to induce allergic reactions in a certain percentage of the population. Not only have our grains been infused with genetically altered material without our knowlege of which food products contain them, but farmers have lost millions of dollars in law-suits filed against them by the chemical giant because they consider their genetic modifications proprietary property, meaning farmers cannot reserve seed-corn from year-to-year for future year plantings because it is a patented product and Monsanto wants to sell them the patent-protected seed-grains each new growing season so they control the supply of seed and maximize profits. Our entire food-supply is now controlled by corporations which through political muscle have enabled themselves to keep every aspect of what’s in our food a secret from the end consumers of their products. Genetically modified food is now routinely approved for consumption without public oversight or approval and without any requirements for producers to truthfully label what exactly is in our consumables. Don’t we care??

Bon appetite!

(c) February 15th, 2013 Bethany Ariel Frasier

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5 thoughts on “Truth in Labeling

  1. OMG!
    In European beef is horsemeat… and in KFC is… Yummy?
    It sucks!

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  2. ya im aware of this im an active listner to coast to coast google it it s an eye opener and ear opener i try to eat more organic when i can btw makers mark whiskey is gmo free 🙂

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  3. ya im aware of this im an active listner to coast to coast google it it s an eye and ear opener i try to eat more organic when i can btw makers mark whiskey is gmo free 🙂

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  4. I’m now not positive where you are getting your info, but good topic. I must spend a while studying more or understanding more. Thank you for great info.

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