Thursday, April 25, 2013

Federal Legislation for GE Labeling Introduced in Both Senate and House; Tell Your Elected Officials to Support It

I received this action alert from the Center for Food Safety yesterday. Labeling of foods containing genetically-engineered ingredients seems inevitable in the United States, but speeding up the process wouldn't hurt. Do your Senators and Congressmen support the bills? Click here to tell them to do so. Remember, we are the ones who vote them into office.
"In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA policy, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families. That’s why Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) have sponsored new federal legislation that would require the labeling of all GE foods; the first labeling bill to be introduced in the Senate in over a decade! 

"Today, the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act was introduced in both the Senate and the House! Tell your Senators and Representative to support the GE food labeling bill!

"Thanks to your emails over the last two weeks, nine Senators and twenty-one Representatives have signed on to the bill as original co-sponsors. Now it’s time to push all Senators and Representatives to support the bill!

"Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. There is overwhelming public demand—consistently near 95%—for the labeling of GE foods.  Yet the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling; sixty-four countries have mandatory labeling policies for GE foods including Korea South, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, South Africa, Australia, the entire European Union, and many others. Already in 2013, 37 GE labeling bills have been introduced in 21 states, including Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont, with many more expected by year’s end.

"Tell Congress it’s time to finally pass a GE food labeling bill in 2013—Support the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act!

"Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mark Begich (D-AK), Jon Tester (D-MT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are cosponsors of the Senate bill.

"Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Peter Welch (D-VT), James Moran (D-VA), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Don Young (R-AK), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), George Miller (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) are cosponsors of the House bill."