Skip to main content

US Industry Leaders Reject Mandatory Labeling Of GMOs and Asbestos

By Theodora Filis

US citizens were appalled when the Japanese government attempted to conceal vital information from the rest of the world in order to save face and maintain the status quo. Last week, ABC World News reported, “A subcontractor urged workers at Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant to put lead around radiation detection devices in order to stay under a safety threshold for exposure.”

Does the US have the right to be shocked or angered by TEPCO's cover up, or by the Japanese government knowingly, and seemingly without regard, concealing the horrible fate of many Fukushima plant workers?

Not if you consider the disregard for human life that has been going on for decades by industry leaders and our own government.

o Although the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) took action against the use of asbestos in many consumer products, asbestos is still not banned and is still widely used today in consumer and industrial products in the US.

o An article published in the New York Times, in May of this year, completely bypasses the issue of honest labeling and how it is vital in any free republic, but instead focuses on the fact that “farmers and scientists” are opposed to labeling because consumers will refuse to purchase foods labeled “Contains GMOs”.

The argument that mandatory labeling will decrease consumer interest only serves as an example as to why all consumer products and materials must be labeled.

Because of the many people dying today as a result of exposure to asbestos, and an increasing number of people reporting severe allergic reactions to GMOs, it is vital that a policy of full transparency be put in place so that all consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.

The 2012 Mineral Commodity Summary for Asbestos from the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported:

o Asbestos consumption in the US was estimated to be 1,100 tons, based on asbestos imports through July 2011.

o Roofing products were estimated to account for about 60% of US consumption;

o The chloralkali industry about 35%;

o and unknown applications, 5% – usually classified as 'other'.

Current uses of asbestos products include brake pads, automobile clutches, roofing materials, vinyl tile, cement piping, corrugated sheeting, home insulation and some potting soils. Even today, almost none of the products containing asbestos are labeled as such, making it difficult for consumers to choose products that are asbestos-free.

"The extent of current asbestos product labeling is limited. Except for products which are sold unwrapped, such as mill board; and asbestos-cement sheet, all products are labeled with the name of the manufacturer or distributor. Only asbestos paper and furnace cement are labeled as containing asbestos. Non-asbestos substitutes for all asbestos products are widely available to the public for household uses." CPSC

Mandatory Labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the US has been an ongoing struggle between consumers and the biotech industry. Monsanto and Co., one of the largest producers and suppliers of GMOs in the US and worldwide, actually threatened to sue the entire state of Vermont because they wanted to regulate food labels so consumers can be aware of the products made from GMO crops. Despite overwhelming support from the people and their elected representatives, GMO labeling bill H722, failed to become law during this legislative session.
“With Vermont legislators now standing in the way of what could mean even more money for Monsanto, the company says they will sue the state if H-722 is approved. Now in fear of a lawsuit in the future, lawmakers in Vermont have put a hold on any future voting regarding the bill. If history is any indication, Monsanto is more than likely to have their way and win yet another battle.” reported Tanya Sitton

California, the 8th largest economy in the world, is hoping to be the first state with mandatory GMO labeling laws through the 2012 California Ballot Initiative process. Labeling laws in CA will effect packaging and ingredient decisions nation-wide. If passed, Monsanto will not only be forced to label their products as GMOs, but it will also make them unable to label their products as “natural,” “naturally made,” “naturally grown” or “all natural,” if, in fact, they are not. 

Popular posts from this blog

US GMO Potatoes Sold As Processed Food In Australia

GM potatoes, grown in the US, can now be imported and sold as processed food in Australia. Simplot, the developer of the GM potato, is a large multinational with brands.

Australian regulators don’t test, don’t require peer-reviewed studies and never refuse GM food applications
Peer-reviewed evidence of damage from eating GM dismissed by a regulator.

FSANZ have ignored scientists warnings of potential harm. The Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety (INBI) “predicted that dsRNA (i.e. RNAi) could be transmitted to humans through food, and that dsRNA would be sufficiently resistant to cooking and normal stomach pHs to potentially be taken up by cells or circulated through blood.

GM foods are being tested on us

You are probably eating GM food every day.

Currently, GM crops including soy, corn, canola, sugar beet and cotton, are processed into ingredients that avoid labeling in Australia. The GM potato is different. It is a whole food that will contain GM DNA and protein.
Will Simplot, the c…

Mayflower, Arkansas, Oil Spill

Under-Reported Environmental Disasters

Mayflower, Arkansas, Oil Spill

On March 29, 2013, the 65-year-old ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline ruptured beneath a subdivision in Mayflower, Arkansas, soaking lawns and streets with an estimated 210,000 gallons of heavy toxic tar sands crude. For Mayflower's 2,200 residents, the existence of a pipeline running under their homes (and partially through the watershed that provides water to 400,000 people) came as a shock.

Considered a "major spill" by the EPA, it sickened hundreds of residents and exposed them to known carcinogens like benzene and to hydrogen sulfide, which causes respiratory illnesses.

Who's Responsible

ExxonMobil. The Pegasus pipeline was built to carry lighter oil north from the Gulf Coast. In 2006 it was repurposed to carry the far heavier bitumen south from Canada. Bitumen is so thick that it has to be heated and diluted with gas in order to flow properly. In November, PHMSA proposed fining ExxonMobil $2.6 million…

Radiation Testing on Humans in United States Widespread!

The health ramifications of human testing are unknown
Radiation Survey: Procedures
Three members of Congress are demanding answers after a St. Louis scholar’s new book revealed details of how the U.S. government sprayed, injected and fed radiation and other dangerous materials to countless people in secret Cold War-era testing. The health ramifications of the tests are unknown. Lisa Martino-Taylor, an associate professor of sociology at St. Louis Community College who wrote “Behind the Fog: How the U.S. Cold War Radiological Weapons Program Exposed Innocent Americans,” acknowledged that tracing diseases like cancer to specific causes is difficult. But three congressmen who represent areas where testing occurred — Democrats William Lacy Clay of Missouri, Brad Sherman of California and Jim Cooper of Tennessee — said they were outraged by the revelations. Martino-Taylor used Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain previously unreleased documents, including army records. She also reviewe…