A copy of your letter of support will be delivered to your Senator and Assembly Member,
Dear Senator and Assembly Member of the California Legislature
I live in your district and am writing to urge your support of SB 1381, a bill introduced by Senator Noreen Evans (D-SD2) to label genetically engineered food.
A majority of Californians wants to know what’s in our food and how it’s grown. Many of the processed foods we eat and feed our children have been genetically engineered, but without labels we are kept in the dark. But we have a right to know, and we want to know.
SB 1381 is a simpler, cleaner version of Proposition 37. The costs to the State, industry, and the public of SB 1381 are none to minimal. The bill does not ask the Department of Public Health to create any new regulations. The cost of adding a notation to the label of packaged foods and to retail shelves is a very small incremental change; signage and products labels are constantly being changed for marketing purposes.
Polls both before and after the Proposition 37 election showed that 67% of Californians supported a state labeling law. We want the information, a simple label, to allow us to make informed decisions about the food we buy and eat.
The chemical and junk food lobby is pushing a proposal in Washington, D.C. right now that would make it illegal for states to pass their own labeling laws. We need our California leaders to stand up now for our right to know.
Labeling is essential for me to choose whether or not I want to consume or feed my family genetically engineered foods. I urge you to support SB 1381 to label GE foods in California.