Obama had no problem signing it into law and for reasons you will see in this blog. He was well aware of the controversy regarding the rider. Once a concerned public became aware of the rider, realizing that congressional approval was likely, more than 250,000 people signed a petition asking the president to veto the spending bill over the biotech rider tacked on. “But Obama ignored [the petition],” as the International Business Times (IB Times) notes, “instead choosing to sign a bill that effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future.”
There are those experts that argument not enough research has been done yet to accurately determine the effects that GMOs have on human and animal health. But much of the independent research done thus far should be cause for alarm. This bill sidesteps that completely though, and simply states that even if there are problems, that the federal courts can no longer do anything about it. And this bill is now law, thanks to President Obama and the U.S. Congress. Furthermore, while GMOs may or may not cause problems for human health, they present problems for a number of additional reasons. One being, that many do not even do that they were supposedly designed to do. For example, new research from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has found that genetically modified Bt cotton crops, which contain the Bt toxin poisonous to the primary enemies of cotton, have considerably weaker defenses against their secondary enemies, when they were suppose to have more.
President Obama has made no efforts to lead America towards healthier food production. He has made no temporary halts to GMO foods while further comprehensive research is conducted to determine their long term side effects. In fact, he has not even pushed to simply label GMO to protect babies, pregnant women and those with chronic diseases. Moreover, his presidency has filled key posts with Monsanto people, many in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in food issues, such as the USDA and the FDA. The following are all Obama appointees along with their background and accomplishments thus far: at the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center; as deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. (Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone); as commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack (Vilsack had set up a national group, the Governors' Biotechnology Partnership, and had been given a Governor of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto); as the new Agriculture Trade Representative, who would push GMOs for export, Islam Siddiqui, a former Monsanto lobbyist; as the new counsel for the USDA, Ramona Romero, who had been corporate counsel for another biotech giant, DuPont; as the new head of the USAID, Rajiv Shah, who had preciously worked in key positions for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of GMO agriculture research; and we cannot forget that Obama's secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, once worked for the Rose law firm. That firm was counsel to Monsanto. And last but not least, Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court. Kagan, as federal solicitor general, had previously argued for Monsanto in the Monsanto v. Geertson seed case before the Supreme Court. It seems that from the very beginning, Obama was in Monsanto's pocket! Either he and Michelle were on different pages, or they both were lying. I believe they were on different pages.
In the final analysis, and incorporating an Afrikan centered perspective, we must beg the questions, “When did traditional methods of producing food stop working?” (Can't they be upgraded or improved rather than humans tampering with plant DNA?) “Why does Western science want to continue to play “God?” “Hasn't the Supreme Being done a superb enough job thus far?” “Why do some people believe they can do a better job creating food than the Creator?” (“How do you even think you can out-create the Creator?”) Oh well.