We live in a world where food is not actually food in most cases, as it fails to provide us the nutrients our body needs. In this modern, sophisticated, machine age, the common hunger and desire to produce more in a short time, some food manufacturers started to use specific ingredients in food production that are not in the benefit of the consumer. They use genetically modified organisms, because they usually have a faster development rate than organic products, and use great amount of chemicals and consequently offer a bigger shelf life to the products. So, such foods look great, taste great, but have low nutritional values and can even put our health and wellbeing in danger.
Many discussions and debates started from the fact that we are not aware of what we eat, the food that is available in many stores and eateries is getting us ill. Obesity is starting to be considered a plague, because it does not affect just the adults, but also the children. Our future generation is starting to be sick before it even reaches adulthood. Also, because of the growth hormones injected in fruits and vegetables, so that they reach maturity faster in order to be sold sooner, children reach puberty much faster and their bodies develop unusually. For instance, boys tend to grow something similar to breasts, their chest not remaining flat as it should be in the case of men. Yes, it is partially because of weight gain, but it is also due to these growth hormones. So, under these circumstances, shouldn’t we be much better informed when it comes to the food we eat? Shouldn’t food manufacturers honestly mention all the things they use for making the food we eat?
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 (H.R. 1599), also known as the DARK Act (the Deny Americans the Right to Know act), is not what it may seem to be. Its name may suggest that we will finally have correct labels on our food, knowing what we eat and having the right to choose what to eat. Genetically modified organisms were developed out of the reason to create varieties of plants that are more resistant, to pests and diseases, and more productive, so that food manufacturers can meet the high demand on the market. But, scientific studies proved that these GMOs are also highly dangerous for our health, if we consume them in a constant manner. Even so, many food manufacturers still use GMO as raw materials for their food products, without mentioning this aspect on the product’s label. So, how do we know what we eat? Well, we don’t know, because no one admits on the product’s label whether the company used or not GMOs. Only a few manufacturers that do not use GMOs have the courage to state on their label that their product is GMO-free. But, in the rest of the cases, and most of the products we find in stores, there is no statement concerning the use of GMOs in the manufacturing process.
So, instead of helping us, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 is denying the Americans the right to know what are served on their tables. We just managed to do some progress concerning the correct labeling of products that contain genetically engineered ingredients, after years of struggles, this act putting in jeopardy all these progresses. If this act will end up being voted, Americans can forget all about honest and correct food labeling, because all the labeling that will be done under the DARK Act would favor corporations and the scientific part of the food industry. It will be just havoc everywhere, this same thing is heavily condemned by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard plus other House members like Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Peter Welch (D-VT), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH). This DARK act will bring sheer darkness to the individual and community’s well being.
Tulsi’s magnanimous personality is truly an inspiration to follow, she leads by example. There is a couple of videos where Tulsi is seen speaking to people, she has such a voice of conviction- It is a perfect example of leadership, responsibility, concern and community well-being
Tulsi Gabbard’s voice is the combined voice of 90% of Americans who want their foods and commodities should be labeled. Tulsi advocates that the corporations should be true to their consumers. The citizens should be informed of what they are taking inside their precious bodies. It is a right to know about the product. A real representative of people, Tulsi Gabbard has strongly opposed this bill as it will definitely plague the transparency, consumer rights and democracy. The meaning of freedom will be lost and it will be another ticket to dominate people’s right and making them puppet in the hands of multi-billion dollar food industries.
The intelligence and sensitiveness of Tulsi Gabbard is always evident from her actions and thinking pattern. A dynamic Tulsi Gabbard is well devoted to the spirit of Aloha, meaning service to mankind by means of affection, compassion and peace. Tulsi’s spirit is undying, she is just amazing in the house – she also advocated for the Helping Hero Fly Act. She is just a person with a true heart, always thinking well being of others.
Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard has also tried for amendments that will strengthen consumer protection. As per the bill of H.R. 5485, it will protect American consumers and families from banks, lenders, and other financial companies at risk. A politician with a big heart Tulsi Gabbard has also long supported true financial reforms.
In regard to the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, no one will have to mention the use of any engineered ingredients, creating obscure labels which most people don’t even understand. What will happen? We will continue to put our health in danger, by not knowing what we eat. And since we cannot stop eating and it will be hard to avoid such products, because we won’t know how to make the difference, we will all continue to eat GMOs and other genetically engineered food products. Doctors and health experts wont be able to figure out what is root cause of any possible ailments.
If you think that it is not wrong to eat an organism that is more resistant from a genetic point of view, think again and do some research about GMOs. These organisms have their genetics, the DNA structure, modified, so they may look normal, but their structure is not as it should be. This is the same thing that Tulsi is trying to make it by her genuine attempts. How can they affect us? Consuming GMOs can also lead to DNA mutations in our body, which always results in triggering severe illnesses, like cancer. Cancer, in all its forms, is caused by mutations in our DNA structure. A genuine Tulsi Gabbard has already shown huge effort on this bill to protect human rights and encourage the true meaning of democracy. Everybody caries the risk-genes in their genetic code, but if nothing disturbs the structure, we remain healthy throughout our entire life. Still, if a mutation occurs, such mutations also being influenced by the nutrients we introduce in the body, then the risk of developing such diseases grows significantly. Tulsi Gabbard rightly said – “So, most certainly, now you would want to know what you eat, after all. Any law that is made to regulate food manufacturing should support and protect the rights of the consumer, and not the rights of the manufacturer.” Some of them are trying to make as much profit as possible, feeding us products that make us ill, not carrying about quality and safety.
If the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 becomes active, food manufacturers will not be obliged to state on their product labels if there are any GMOs in the composition or not. Tulsi Gabbard stated, in so many countries already there is an act that obliges such specifications to be made on the labels of food products along with the mention of nutritional values of the product. We should not be indifferent about what we eat and we should have the possibility of choosing what we eat. How to do this? By being informed of what the food we purchase contains. This is possible with the help of a transparent and honest product label. We should not allow the DARK Act to exist, because it comes in contradiction with our right to know what we eat.