Ask Rocco: 07/28

Obviously Congress is trying to kill us

By Rocco Castellano

 

If you are a human being in America, it is time for you to wake the f–k up and know that our government is literally run by idiots and assholes. This new law, which is likely to pass, proves my point exactly. Known as the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know), lawmakers in the House think it’s a really good idea to ban your state from making it mandatory to tell you if the food you are ingesting is made with genetically modified organisms.

This is not even about GMOs, people: It’s about labeling in general. If manufacturers don’t have to tell you about GMOs, sooner or later, they won’t have to tell you about anything in their already shitty food. For the most part, big bad Monsanto is behind this bill with as much money as it can possibly throw at it. This is in direct response to states like Vermont, Maine and Connecticut, which have already passed laws to require manufacturers to label their food with GMO labeling.

GMO-grown food is cheaper to grow and can yield up to 10 times a normal harvest, obviously putting more money in the growers’ pockets and providing more and cheaper ingredients. This is never a good thing, except for companies like Monsanto, Cargill, Tyson and a host of other conglomerates that want to shove shitty food down our unknowing little throats. If this weren’t true, then why have the food, beverage and biotechnology industries combined spent a whopping $100 million dollars to fight measures pertaining to this legislation?

Many lawmakers and so-called scientists state that studies on the safety of GMOs are inconclusive. So what does that mean in English, Spanish or Swahili? It means if they can’t figure it out, you don’t need to know. The reason why there are no conclusive “human” studies is that there is no way to tell right now what is a GMO and what is not.

If there were a labeling program and proper testing, there could be real studies. Just an FYI: Most of the genetically modified crops are soy, (no kidding, Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, is also the largest owner of GMO soy seeds and producer of 85 percent of the world’s soy crop?), corn, rapeseed and cotton. Yep, that’s right, cotton. Studies that have been financed by the companies creating the GMOs have only been conducted for 90 days with very small control and treatment groups. And they were only conducted with young rats. So, the long-term effects and the effects on younger or older rats are not available. This is what government agencies are using to regulate a multi-billion dollar industry, what they’re using to spin this stuff as “safe.” Can you say, “bullshit?”

Now, what the average American doesn’t know is that the actual genetic modification of the organism isn’t the bad part. We’ve been genetically modifying plants for years, like tangelos, tangerines, grapes, kiwifruit and hundreds of varieties of apples. There are tons more but to list all of them would be stupid, and I don’t want to do that. By genetically modified, I mean many of the fruits and vegetables we eat have been “grafted” to grow better in certain climates, soil and countries.

Grafting, if you remember anything from sixth-grade science class, is when you attach one fruit or vegetable “root” system to another fruit or vegetable’s “stem,” tape it together and see how it grows together. This process has been done for thousands of years with no real issues, except maybe some really ugly fruit.

The main problem with genetically modified plants is that they literally become an insecticide—a plant that kills its enemy germ or bug. What this means is that the plant itself produces a residue that is a chemical or is resistant to harsh chemicals used to kill bugs, leaving chemical residues on and in plants. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like eating cancer-causing chemicals if I don’t have to. Almost all GMOs have some type of chemical residue on them, either externally or internally. That’s why we really want labeling. It’s an easier way for us Americans to choose what we want to put into our bodies. I really wish that food manufacturers were required to tell us what chemicals they treated their foods with. That would be the ultimate goal but would probably scare the shit out of us, and we wouldn’t buy any more food. Then, there would be commercials asking for donations for starving kids in America. So, Congress must be doing us a favor by banning states from creating laws that make it mandatory for food and beverage manufacturers to label their products “GMO.” This also means the words “organic” and “natural” will be even more bastardized.

I believe in this day and age, we should be allowed to know what goes in our food, and what goes in us. What about you?

Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit roccocastellano.com.

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Rocco Castellano
Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit roccocastellano.com.

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