Monday, November 26, 2012

ALEC Summit - Green Products Imperil Health

Washington DC

Inside the ALEC Summit this week
YOUR legislator will hear this.

On November 26, 2012, by Nicole Ciandella

SCHOLARS? - Depends on who you talk to

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 26, 2012 – Three experts from the Competitive Enterprise Institute will participate Wednesday in the States & Nation Policy Summit.

EXPERTS?  - Depends on who you talk to

Greg Conko, executive director of CEI, will present on biotech food labeling. He will make the case biotech foods are at least as safe – and often safer than – conventionally developed foods and that mandatory labeling laws give consumers the false impression this is not the case.

Oh – Yeh – DUMB ALEC legislators will listen and learn
While in the rest of the world
The movement to ban GMO’s is trending

In the United States:  California counties of Mendocino, Trinity and Marin have successfully banned GM crops. 

In Australia:  South Australia still has a ban on GM crops, though Tasmania has a moratorium on them until November of 2014.

In Japan:  The Japanese people are staunchly opposed to genetically modified crops and no GM seeds are planted in the country. 

In New Zealand:  No GM foods are grown in the country.

In Germany:  There is a ban on the cultivation or sale of GMO maize.

In Ireland:  All GM crops were banned for cultivation in 2009, and there is a voluntary labeling system for foods containing GM foods to be identified as such.

In Austria,
Bulgaria and
There are bans on the cultivation and sale of GMOs.

In France:  Monsanto's MON810 GM corn had been approved but its cultivation was forbidden in 2008.  There is widespread public mistrust of GMOsthat has been successful in keeping GM crops out of the country.

In Madeira: This small autonomous Portugese island requested a country-wide ban on genetically modified crops last year and was permitted to do so by the EU.

In Switzerland:  The country banned all GM crops, animals, and plants on its fields and farms in a public referendum in 2005, but the initial ban was for only five years.  The ban has since been extended through 2013.

In India:  .  The UK's Daily Mail reports that an estimated 125,000 farmers have committed suicide because of crop failure and massive debt since planting GM seeds.

In Thailand:  The country has also tried declaring some areas GMO-free zones in order to encourage other countries to trust their foods.

And next - - - - - - - - -Angela Logomasini
Logomasini will explain how the laws, designed to make life safer by ensuring all products are designed to be “green,” actually cost consumers without delivering benefits because they undermine consumer freedom, raise costs and imperil health and safety.
Undermine consumer freedom
Didn’t someone tell her she is speaking to the gods of the FREE MARKET.

Imperil health and safety
Green products imperil health and safety??

And next - - - - - - - - -William Yeatman
Policy analyst William Yeatman will speak on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze program,
Yeatman says the program is an aesthetic measure with no bearing on public health and that Congress intended states to oversee regional haze, not the federal government.
156 national parks and wilderness areas protected by the Regional Haze Rule (GIF, 1 page, 103KB)

EPA and other Agencies have been monitoring visibility in national parks and wilderness areas since 1988. In 1999, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a major effort to improve air quality in national parks and wilderness areas. The Regional Haze Rule calls for state and federal agencies to work together to improve visibility in 156 national parks and wilderness areas such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the Great Smokies and Shenandoah.

Yeh – better get rid of that program – I want fossil fuel pollution in the air when I go to our national parks.
NATIONAL Parks - get that???
Not state parks - NATIONAL PARKS
The summit, sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a forum for state legislators, policy advocates and private sector leaders to exchange ideas and information about pressing public policy matters.

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