_I am the father of five grown children, a former U.S. Marine and current blogger on Health, Fitness and Raw Food Enthusiast. I am appalled at the poisoning of Texas's food supply with genetically altered foods and ingredients.
The pesticides and herbicides that it takes to grow genetically engineered crops on these single crop factory farms is running off into the ground and ground water of other property owners. If we had real property rights in Texas, instead of the government granting licenses to pollute, farmers would would have to negotiate with affected landowners for the right to pollute other people's property, and would be responsible for damage they cause to other people's property without permission. I believe that these changes would result in making it unprofitable to use Monsanto's Roundup, which is similar to Agent Orange.
I believe that genetically engineered food crops are at the heart of the growing obesity and health problems in our population. I support the right of anyone to put anything in their own body, but I don't think our laws should encourage unhealthy farming and restrict healthy farming, nor prohibit natural products like raw milk.
I would remove any incentives that government gives to big corporate farmers, and remove impediments that government places on small family farmers, so that farmers can compete on a level playing field. While I am opposed to having government determine what size a farm can be, I think with a level playing field we would have more small farms in Texas.
Like many health advocates, I would like to see more labeling on food, especially that discloses genetically altered content. I believe that one-size-fits-all government regulations of food-labeling often end up benefiting corporate giants, hurt consumers, and put small organic natural farmers at a disadvantage by prohibiting them from promoting the health benefits of their products.
I will join the other legislators in the Texas House who are willing to drastically lower taxes by voting to eliminate all of the wasteful social engineering programs. Texas government has grown to a size many times that for necessary government and Texas needs a Libertarian voice to start reversing the bloated government of too many terms of the Republicrats.