Stop Monsanto's GMO Trolls in the Senate!
Once again, Monsanto and the biotech industry are working behind closed doors to undermine your basic rights. Last week, Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) just introduced draft legislation intended to preempt states' rights and kill state GMO labeling laws for good.
Americans should have the same right as citizens of 64 other countries to know whether or not their food contains genetically engineered ingredients.
Already Monsanto and America's largest food companies succeeded in hijacking our democracy by passing the Dark Act (H.R. 1599) last year in the House of Representatives that permanently denies states the right to pass common sense GMO labeling bills.
Now Monsanto and the GMA are once again trying to make sure a similar bill passes in the Senate so it can be signed into law by the President. The good news is that we've managed to hold the Senate off by flooding them with tens of thousands of phone calls, but now a handful of Senators are working to provide Monsanto the extra legal protections by passing a bill that would kill GMO labeling for good.
Monsanto already succeeded in passing the Dark Act in the House this summer — Pompeo's H.R. 1599, by a vote of 275 to 150 — and we need to make sure we stop their dangerous plan in the Senate.
Please take a few seconds to send this letter directly to your Senators today! And if you have time, call the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
To find out how your Congressman voted on House Vote 462 to pass H.R.1599 275 to 150, click here. http://nyti.ms/1TXskxV
Your Senators, the FDA and President Obama will receive a copy of your letter. Please join us today!
Dear President Obama, Senators and the FDA,
As your constituent and a supporter of Food Democracy Now!, I am writing because I support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food and I urge you to vote NO on any rider that would deny states the right to pass GMO labeling (NO on any H.R. 1599 state preemption) or any new 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 outrageous attempt at 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.
Thank you for your consideration.
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