Saturday, May 09, 2020

More GMO Corn? Oh, heck no!

Wondering how to channel your frustration with federal government? How about registering your response to the invitation to petition the USDA on the Monsanto Company's attempt to deregulate a variety of corn that has been genetically modified for tolerance for a whole host of poisons?
Public comments open through July 7, 2020.

You can download and read the petition and the Federal Register Notice, then submit a public comment. Register your thoughts, even if they're as brief as, "NO!!! Do not deregulate this GMO corn!"

Better, as noted on the USDA page, are comments on the environmental or economic impacts.

Below is my response (which is a bit afield of the environmental or economic impacts). You'll note that the first paragraph is filled with big words, which I copied from the top of the Bayer/Monsanto petition to show I really was commenting on this topic. But then I make it personal, not that the board of directors of a company like Bayer/Monsanto would care. But perhaps the government agency employees will. 

Personalize your own response, if you want, as you register your opinion.  Or, if you're able to do so, please comment on the environmental and/or economical impacts. (Maybe the economic impacts of all the sick consumers having to take time off from work and pay for healthcare?) 

"Please do NOT allow Bayer/Monsanto (or any company) to go forward with nonregulated Genetically Engineered Maize (or any crop) that is altered for the poisons Dicamba, Glufosinate, Quizalofop, and 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid Tolerance with Tissue-specific Glyphosate Tolerance Facilitating the Production of Hybrid Maize Seed.

"I have been ill since 2005 as a direct result of Lyme disease and tick-borne co-infections AND due to Glyphosate in GMO foods such as corn and wheat. Bayer/Monsanto is poisoning citizens and making human beings sick. The company needs to be held accountable to consumers, NOT to stockholders.

"Government should be in place to protect the health and safety of its citizens. NOT to allow malfeasance of corporations.

"Instead, please encourage Bayer/Monsanto and other corporations to use their science knowledge for the good of all. Government should reward companies that help people, not the ones that poison us all."