Stop Monsanto’s secret plan to Kill GMO Labeling
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. Today in Congress, Mike Pompeo (R-KS) is holding a hearing on his bill, H.R. 4432, 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 extend premarket safety reviews, declares GMO foods “safe” and redefines genetically engineered foods as “bioengineered” in order to sanitize this deeply flawed technology to the American public.
Even worse, FDA Commissioner Hamburg is planning to go along with it - not only promising gutted "voluntary" labeling standards, but even going so far as to claim that GMOs are perfectly safe! Think they’re going to start telling the truth about GMOs now?
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!
Your member of Congress, the FDA and President Obama will receive a copy of your letter. Please join us today!
Dear Members of Congress,
I am writing because I support strong mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods and I have just learned of a new plan by biotech seed and chemical companies and giant food corporations to pass H.R. 4432, legislation that would not only undermine states' rights to pass GMO labeling laws, but would only require "voluntary" labeling on "any products” from GMO plants “if those ingredients present a health or safety risk.”
As your constituent, I'd like to ask that you sign-on as a Co-sponsor of the bipartisan Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act, introduced by Senator Boxer and Representative DeFazio that would require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. 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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