IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: To Stop the U.S. Senate from Destroying GMO Labeling

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: To Stop the U.S. Senate from Destroying GMO Labeling

 By Nick Lasky

Last year, the so-called DARK Act that would destroy GMO labeling was voted down in the United States Senate.

Now, the same U.S. Senator who introduced the DARK Act, along with some Senatorial help, has introduced the Roberts-Stabenow Bill or Senate Bill 764. 

Instead of explaining all of the technical aspects, Senate Bill 764 is best summarized by the following quote from the Center for Food Safety :

“This is not a labeling bill; it is a non-labeling bill. We are appalled that our elected officials would support keeping Americans in the dark about what is in our food and even more appalled that they would do it on behalf of Big Chemical and food corporations.”

(The Center For Food Safety link above has a great copy and past sample email or letter to send on this issue)

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Or as Cary Gilliam writes in the Huffington Post,

“For GMO Labeling Advocates, It Doesn’t Get Much Darker Than This”

The ROBERTS-STABENOW BILL OR SENATE BILL 764 requires labeling products with genetically engineered ingredients, but would give companies several options of how to do this:

  • Text on food packaging
  • Provide a QR Code (which must be scanned with a smartphone)
  • List a website or a phone number to call for the information
  • Use a symbol created by the USDA

It gets worse. Here is what happens if  the ROBERTS-STABENOW BILL OR SENATE BILL 764 is passed:

  • It would permanently outlaw states from passing their own GMO labeling laws
  • It lets companies NOT LABEL for up to two years until the USDA decides on labeling requirements
  • It does NOT require labeling for meat or dairy products from animals raised on GM feed
  • It imposes NO PENALTIES AT ALL for violating the labeling requirements
  • It allows the USDA to decide the percentage of GMO ingredients in a food product that require it to be labeled. (There is no set limit)
  • New genetically engineered technologies are excluded (such as RNAi and CRISPR 

CAN YOU HELP BY TAKING ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS?

  • CALL YOUR UNITED STATES SENATORS AND ASK THEM TO KILL ROBERTS-STABENOW BILL OR SENATE BILL 764:

Here is a CONTACT LIST OF  United States Senators and how to contact them.

If you can’t speak to your Senator, then ask to speak to the Agriculture Liaison or the Senator’s Chief of Staff.  Even if you call, PLEASE send an email to the applicable email address on the U.S. Senate contact list link above.

IN VIRGINIA: here are our 2 U.S. Senators Contacts:

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine – 202-224-4024. Chief of Staff: Mike Henry, Agriculture Liaison: Nick Barbash.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner – 202-224-2023. Chief of Staff: David Hallock, Agriculture Liaison: Caitlin Runyan.

  • Sign this Food Democracy Now! Petition and pass it along to your friends:

Ellwood Thompson’s supports transparent printed labeling of GMO foods on all packaging. Everyone should have the right to know what is in the food that they purchase.

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND ACT NOW. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.

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GM Salmon Safe to Eat?

The new Genetically Modified Salmon is safe to eat? According to the FDA, the answer is yes. With their announcement last month, the US FDA is yet to officially approve the fish for sale. Although this approval could take years, it’s not that likely unless the administration decides that the altered fish could pose a significant environmental impact.

In the meantime, activists and legislators are working together to get the so-called frankenfish banned. Eleven U.S. senators, mostly from coastal states, have signed a letter to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg requesting that the approval process be halted.

A similar letter was signed by 29 members of the House of Representatives. Another 53 environmental groups and food businesses endorsed both letters, and a Food & Water Watch poll found that 78 percent of Americans believe the salmon should not be approved for human consumption.

So why is genetically engineered fish even on the table, so to speak?

AquaBounty, the makers of the fish, say that their GM salmon–dubbed AquAdvantage–eat 10 percent less food than a traditional salmon, grow twice as quickly, and are safe and sustainable. And so far, the FDA appears to agree with AquaBounty: an advisory committee said in a September 20 hearing that the fish seems to be safe. To read the rest of this article from National Geographic, click here.