Stop Monsanto’s secret plan to Kill GMO Labeling!
Breaking: The Monsanto Protection Act is Back and WORSE than ever! Once again Monsanto and giant food companies are scheming behind the scenes to pass a bill in Congress that would kill mandatory GMO labeling efforts and replace it with a gutted version that will preempt states' rights and give the illusion of oversight. This week, Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has reintroduced an updated version of his deceptive bill, H.R. 1599, AKA the Ultimate Monsanto Protection Act, to try to convince members of Congress to violate state's rights in an effort to kill GMO labeling.
This plan is so devious that it radically speeds up the approval process for new GMO crops; limits the FDA and USDA’s ability to conduct premarket safety reviews; declares GMO foods “safe” and forbids states from labeling GMO foods or enforcing existing labeling laws passed in Connecticut, Maine and Vermont. In addition, Pompeo's bill now prohibits ANY state or local county or city oversight of GMO crops, meaning recent victories like GMO crop bans in Jackson County, Oregon and Maui to protect organic seeds and local community health would be overturned!
This is a blatant power grab to deny Americans their basic right to mandatory GMO labeling and protect flawed GMO products - and we can’t allow them to get away with it. We need your help today. Every voice counts!
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Dear Members of Congress,
As a constituent and supporter of Food Democracy Now!, I am writing because I support strong mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food and I have just learned of a new plan by biotech seed and chemical companies and giant food corporations to pass H.R. 1599, legislation that would not only undermine states' rights to pass GMO labeling laws, but would also preempt local elected officials in states, counties and cities from passing reasonable regulations regarding genetically engineered crops. This is an outrageous corporate protection, putting Monsanto's profits over the rights of American citizens.
Public opinion polls regularly show that more than 90% of Americans support GMO labeling and it's time that the U.S. join the rest of the civilized world when it comes to transparency in our food supply. For the past 20 years the U.S. government has continued to deny any risk from genetic engineering, despite increasing scientific evidence that this flawed technology is potentially harmful to human health and the environment.
Already, 64 other countries around the world inform their citizens if their food has been genetically engineered in a laboratory with simple labels, and it's time that we share that basic right.
America must join the rest of the civilized world and pass a strong mandatory labeling bill that is in line with European standards to protect America's right to know what's in their food and inform consumers if our food has been genetically engineered.
Thank you for your consideration.
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