Tipton's town hall fails to provide answers

By Bernard and Adrianna Heideman


Dear Editor:

On Aug 4, I attended a meeting in Delta hosting Rep. Scott Tipton. This letter addresses issues that arose during that meeting -- Mr. Tipton's vote on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act and his evasive response to the question of whether he believed humans contributed to global climate change.

I asked about his vote in favor of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which bans states from requiring manufacturers to label foods that contain GMO ingredients and also bans their regulating the growing of GMOs. He gave an explanation about the bill that was completely wrong (even though he voted FOR it.) His response was that the bill allows states to regulate the labeling of GMOs rather than have the federal government do it. This is a totally backwards explanation of what the bill actually does. It is disturbing our congressman voted for something he did not understand!

Many countries have banned GMOs. The World Health Organization declared Roundup (Glyphosate) is a probable cause of cancer. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has asked all physicians to prescribe diets without genetically modified (GM) foods to all patients. They called for a moratorium on GMOs, long-term independent studies, and labeling, stating, "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. ...There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation."

This bill is for the financial benefit of Monsanto and biotech companies. It prioritizes their desires before our health. Both political parties cater to corporate desires while ignoring the majority will. Corporations are there to make money (with little morality or concern for our health or the environment). The tobacco industry, the biotech industry, and the fossil fuel industry are willing to lie to us about what they know of the harmful effects of their products. It is past time for politicians to listen to us. If the politicians in office will not listen, it is time to make sure they are voted out, and some politicians who do listen are voted in.

The DCI reported on Tipton's reply to climate change. His reply was, "We should all do the best we can to keep our earth clean and we need to take advantage of technology." This is an evasive answer to an important question. The fossil fuel industry has gone to great lengths to create confusion about this issue. There is scientific consensus that the burning of fossil fuels since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution has led to a steady increase in CO2 content of the atmosphere. Does Mr. Tipton believe that humans have contributed to global warming? We certainly don't know from his response. We need to know this about any politican.

Bernard and
Adrianna Heideman
Hotchkiss