Consumers have a right to know what is in their food. This goes beyond nutrition labels, to how that food is processed and treated, whether that product contains GMOs or pesticides. I understand that my republican representatives may think such labels are over-regulation, and hurts a free market. But the greater question is whether this is over-regulation, or the natural consequence for a precedent set by food manufacturers. I’ve started to ask myself, “What is missing from this story?” And in this case, I have to wonder how many lobbyists and donors from these markets whispered in the ears and bank accounts of lawmakers. Instead of hearing them, lawmakers need to listen to the victims of these manufacturers. People whose health has been directly impacted because of what those manufacturers did with the product. In the general discussion of healthcare (which should be universal, especially since we can afford the military we do) nutrition, and proper labeling of our food should be in that discussion. Because all of physical and mental and emotional Health starts with what you eat. If what you eat is full of trash, your body will be full of trash. And this is not just about junk food, it is about the staples of a healthy diet actually being healthy themselves. Like I already said, if your meat and potatoes are full of trash, you are full of trash, because just like we are what we eat, our food is what our food eats. No one escapes the direct effect that food and what is in that food have on the human body. Not even billionaires in power.