Organic Consumers Association

Too Much Monsanto in the Corn Creates Issues in the Brain? Don’t Let Trump Deregulate GMOs!

red question mark over a corn fieldIn 2016, when polls predicted he would lose the Iowa primary, Trump insulted Iowa voters when he tweeted: “Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain?” But don’t be confused by Trump’s tweets. And ignore the fake news that Melania Trump has banned Monsanto from the White House.

These distractions hide the real news: The Trump Administration has just announced a new GMO deregulation scheme, and it’s the most audacious effort to force dangerous, experimental “foods” onto the market since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were first introduced in the 1990s.

Sign this petition by MIDNIGHT JUNE 19: Don’t let Trump deregulate GMOs! Add a personal comment to increase your impact.

Under Trump’s new GMO deregulation plan, there would still be no safety testing or meaningful labeling of GMOs. There would still be nothing to protect organic and non-GMO crops from contamination—which isn’t all that different than what we got from Obama and every president going back to George H.W. Bush.

Fact is, every single GMO that’s ever been submitted to U.S. regulators has been approved! From the first GMO, Monsanto’s genetically engineered growth hormone rBGH that makes cows over-produce milk, to the latest gene-edited apples, potatoes and mushrooms, Americans eat a lot of GMOs that are banned in many other countries.

What makes Trump’s new scheme (a giant gift to Monsanto and Dow Chemical) unique is that it takes deregulation to a whole new level. Trump wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to:

•    Exclude from the definition of “genetically engineered organism” vast categories of new GMOs produced through techniques like CRISPR, which involve genetic modifications that can be obtained through mutagenesis, marker-assisted breeding, tissue culture or protoplast, cell or embryo fusion, or where the offspring of an engineered organism do not contain the genetic modification.
•    Relax permitting requirements that let us know when and where crazy new GMO experiments are happening.
•    Gut the already weak approval process where the USDA rubber stamps Monsanto and Dow’s own “science” so that, for most GMOs, the companies won’t have to submit any data at all.
•    End oversight of most “biofactories,” GMOs that are engineered to produce pharmaceuticals or industrial chemicals, despite their unique dangers.

If Trump’s proposed regulations are finalized, they won’t just change the way GMOs are treated by the government, they will cripple our capacity to launch marketplace campaigns to keep new GMOs out of the food supply. Why? Two reasons:

•    We’ll know a lot less about new GMOs in the pipeline and where they’re being tested.
•    It will be much harder to prevent or even catch contamination.

Trump’s proposal would take us from unlabeled and untested GMOs to under-the-radar GMOs. If that happens, the line between GMO and normal food will be blurred so badly that even keeping GMOs out of organic food will become more difficult.

We can’t let this happen.

TAKE ACTION BY MIDNIGHT JUNE 19: Don’t let Trump deregulate GMOs! Add a personal comment to increase your impact.

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10911 1 week ago Amie Fluharty
10910 1 week ago Jerome Comeau
10909 2 weeks ago Mary Anne Troyanoski
10908 3 weeks ago aegina angeliades
10907 4 weeks ago Patricia Carter Would you feed this to your family?
10906 4 weeks ago B Macdonald
10905 1 month ago Elizabeth Patten
10904 1 month ago Jennifer Mc Clinton
10903 1 month ago Ashley Decker
10902 1 month ago Ashley Decker
10901 1 month ago Anonymous
10900 1 month ago Laurie Larson Dear Pres.Trump, I am assured that in your best intentions influenced by the real facts of harmful gmo and deceitful bus. practices to keep gmo on our tables, that you will do all in your power to ...
10899 1 month ago steve Walworth
10898 1 month ago jeff joslin you are NOT supposed to allow us to be poisened
10897 1 month ago eric archambault
10896 1 month ago Anonymous
10895 1 month ago Merrill Dellas
10894 1 month ago Kathleen Buchanan Who wants to eat the TOXIC HERBICIDE? I want to eat whole, nutritious that are healthy. Why try to hide the truth from the American people? Don't American have the freedom to know what they are e...
10893 2 months ago Patricia Meese
10892 2 months ago Sara Stone
10891 2 months ago Shylie Zanker Seriosly!!! No just no!! Corrupt individuals and corporations need to be stopped.....Are we all forgetting rockafellas began gmo experiments in the 70s claiming that it will and is already stopping ...
10890 3 months ago julie carey
10889 3 months ago Melanie Lorance
10888 3 months ago giavanna buonarroti
10887 3 months ago Rose Maus Mr. Trump,
I voted for you and my husband as well. GMO foods have caused serious health issues in my family and in one of my children. Please at the minimum require GMO foods and beverages to be...
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