URGENT: Two Major Issues to Set Our Senators Straight on Before It’s Too Late
Why GMOs Will NEVER be Safe
It’s imperative to concentrate our efforts on our senators right now, and to inform them accurately. They’re being deceived by industry lobbyists, and this is our last chance to preserve our right to know what is in our food.
For example, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan) introduced a bill that would preempt states’ rights to enact GMO labeling laws. It would specifically prohibit Congress or individual states from requiring mandatory labeling of GMO foods or ingredients. It would also allow food manufacturers to use the word “natural” on products that contain GMOs.
Unfortunately, the bill has been passed in the House and now heads to the Senate. It’s critical that you contact your senators today urging them to not support HR 1599. Tell them this bill is an attack on consumer rights and states’ rights, and you expect your elected officials to protect you.
In addition, the FDA has now cleared the way for GE (Genetically Engineered) Atlantic salmon to be farmed for human consumption. Fortunately, thanks to language in the recently unveiled federal spending bill, the FDA will be forced to finalize guidelines for labeling GE salmon before it’s introduced publicly.
The agency must implement a program to disclose to consumers whether salmon is genetically engineered or not. By allowing this there is no guarantee GE salmon will not enter the wild, which can be detrimental to the ecosystem.
The biotech industry is trying to push the QR code as an answer for consumer concerns about GE foods. QR stands for Quick Response, and the code can be scanned and read by smart phones and other QR readers. The code brings you to a product website that provides further details about the product. There’s nothing forcing companies to declare GMOs on their website. On the contrary, HR 1599 allows GMOs to be promoted as “natural,” which further adds to the confusion.
The FDA is threatening the existence of our food supply. We have to start taking action now. I urge you to share this information with friends and family. If we act together, we can make a difference and put an end to the absurdity.
You can find your senators’ contact information by clicking the button below, or by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. To set up an in-person meeting with your senators, contact their district office. Remember, here are the two points you should address when contacting them:
- Do not support HR 1599 — consumers have the right to know what’s in their food
- You demand mandatory, on-package labeling of GMOs — and any compromise, including a voluntary labeling QR code scheme, is unacceptable.
Non-GMO Food Resources by Country
- Organic Food Directory (Australia)
- Eat Wild (Canada)
- Organic Explorer (New Zealand)
- Eat Well Guide (United States & Canada)
- Farm Match (United States)
- Local Harvest (United States)
- Weston A. Price Foundation (United States)