The Trump administration has a plan to end the use of genetically modified food ingredients, but a growing number of Republican lawmakers are worried about what that might mean for their constituents.
“I don’t want to be a politician or an activist, but we are a growing segment of our population that is being fed a false message that our food is toxic, it’s not, and that is what we need to change,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-KS, told reporters Wednesday.
“There’s a lot of information out there that is really misleading and the American public is really being lied to.
It’s time to wake up and realize that our elected officials need to take action on this issue.”
The Food and Drug Administration has already issued an advisory against the use and marketing of GMO foods in the United States, and Huelskamps proposed bill would also ban GMO crops in some states and allow states to decide how they want to handle their own GMO issues.
“It’s important to me to ensure that we are not giving the impression that GMOs are not safe or are not effective, and I think it is important for the American people to know that there is a good science behind these foods and that they are safe,” he said.
“But I think that is something that needs to be looked at in the context of the food that is grown in our country, and this is something I am passionate about and it’s something I believe in.”
Huelsmacs bill is one of several bills that have been introduced to the House of Representatives to address GMOs.
But while there are still a few bills that need to be passed to get to President Donald Trump, Huelsmbaes plan has garnered the support of the likes of Sens.
Ted Cruz, R and Mike Lee, R of Utah, who have introduced similar bills to the President.
Cruz said he supports Huelsmaras bill because it would allow states the flexibility to regulate the food supply in a way that suits their communities.
“In my opinion, if states can make the changes that they need to make, that would be a good step forward,” Cruz said.
Lee added that the bill would be the first step to “re-establishing the rule of law” in a country that “has become so dysfunctional and corrupted.”
“It would give states the freedom to make these decisions,” Lee said.
In addition to Cruz, Lee, Cruz, and Lee have also introduced legislation to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, and to require manufacturers of GMOs to disclose the GMO ingredients in their products.
But it is the anti-GMO bills that are receiving the most attention.
Cruz has been the most vocal of the anti GMO bills, telling the House Natural Resources Committee last week that the industry “needs to be held accountable for the actions they are taking that are damaging to the environment and the people of our country.”
Cruz has also been vocal about his belief that the government should regulate GMOs for the sake of the environment, something he has advocated for since his time as a Texas state senator.
“The government is supposed to regulate for the betterment of the public health, to provide food security, to protect our environment, and not just the short term,” Cruz told reporters on Thursday.
“That is why the American government has been able to enact a variety of public health laws in the past.”
He continued, “I believe in a national standard, a regulatory standard.
If the government wants to regulate, they should regulate and we should enforce it.”
In response to Cruz’s statements, Lee said, “We need to do it in a thoughtful way that is going to work for the common good, not just for the short-term benefit of the industry.”
Cruz also argued that the federal government should be able to regulate GMOs because of their ability to be used as food additives, as well as their safety.
“We can have a national conversation on GMOs, but if we do, we have to have a robust conversation about the long-term effects on the environment,” Cruz added.
“GMOs are not only going to be added to food; they are going to create the equivalent of synthetic chemicals and biocides, which are also dangerous and toxic and can cause cancer.”
Huilsmbaets plan is being backed by a number of Republicans, as a way to fight back against the growing tide of GMO labeling laws.
“This is the first time in a long time that a Republican congressman has introduced legislation on this subject,” Rep.(R-TX) told Breitbart News.
“Our job is to make sure that the American taxpayer is not being cheated on their food.”
He added that lawmakers need to understand that “the people of the United State have a right to know what they are eating, and it is time to change the conversation.”
While Republicans have not been able all along to stop the Obama administration from enforcing