23 May 2013

Do you know what's in your food? & Senator Merkley vs. Monsanto, Tell the Senate: Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act 22MAI13

WE have the right to know what is in our food. If there wasn't something wrong with GMO / GE food the industry wouldn't be fighting this bill in Congress. Even the prc and Russia (along with 60 other countries) require this labeling! Click the link to tell your Representative and Senators to pass the Boxer-DeFazio bill mandating genetically engineered labeling of our food. AND the monsanto protection act needs to be repealed. This should have never become law, and Sen Jeff Merkley D OR has introduced a bill to repeal this legislation, click the link below to tell your Senators to pass his bill! 

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Do you know if the foods you’re eating contain ingredients that are genetically engineered? Right now, there is no law that says food containing genetically modified ingredients must be labeled. Consumers should have the right to know what is in their food, and make the decision about what food they want to buy for themselves.
-- Gene

We deserve the right to know what's in our food.
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Can you feel it? The groundswell of grassroots support to label genetically engineered foods is overwhelming. Communities all over the country are coming together to force action on the state level, and Congress is taking notice.

Ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor federal legislation to label GE foods!

By now, you've probably heard about the "Monsanto Protection Act," a rider that was added to the budget bill needed to keep our government running. It seriously limits the ability of our federal agencies to protect consumers against harmful genetically engineered (GE) crops. Monsanto is never going to stop using its money to infringe on our right to safe, healthy food, but we can fight back by giving consumers critical information about what we're eating. Email your members of Congress to support the Boxer-DeFazio bill to label GE foods!

It's critical that we win on GE labeling at the state level, and we're working hard with our partners on the ground to make that happen. At the same time, we need strong, uncompromising federal legislation to ultimately ensure that all Americans have the right to know what's in their food.

Just as labels list fat, sodium and sugar, labels should tell consumers whether the food we eat contains GE ingredients. It just makes sense. Over 60 countries, including China, Japan and Russia, require GE foods to be labeled. Shouldn't we be next? 

Take action to support federal legislation for GE labeling:

Thanks for taking action,

Sarah Alexander
Deputy Organizing Director
Food & Water Watch
Tell the Senate: Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act
The petition to your senators and Senate leadership reads:
"The Monsanto Protection Act is an outrageous and dangerous giveaway that forces approval of genetically modified foods ahead of our safety. Please support Senator Merkley's amendment to repeal this shameful act of Congress."

Stop the Monsanto Protection Act; click here to take action.
"One of the most outrageous special interest provisions in years." That’s what Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) calls the Monsanto Protection Act, which became law in March.1
Now we have an opportunity to stop it. Senator Merkley has proposed an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that would repeal the Monsanto Protection Act – but it will take serious grassroots pressure to even make sure the amendment comes up for a vote.
Tell the Senate: Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act. Click here to automatically sign the petition.
Cynically dubbed the "Farmer Assurance Provision," the Monsanto Protection Act allows Monsanto and other companies to ignore existing food safety rules, and continue selling genetically modified seeds even if a court has blocked them from doing so.
Even worse is how this shameful giveaway became law. It was inserted anonymously, and without review into the must-pass budget bill to avoid government shutdown in March.
CNN said that "the law passed without most of Congress even knowing about it."2 Jon Stewart put it a different way: "The laws of the most powerful nation on earth are written with the same level of accountability as internet comments."3
Even from our dysfunctional Congress, this was stunning. Tell the Senate: Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act. Click here to automatically sign the petition.
Our system of ensuring the safety of genetically modified foods is already insufficient, and wrought with industry influence. The FDA and USDA routinely approve foods without sufficient review, and often rely on shoddy industry-generated studies to determine the safety of GMO foods.
The courts provide a vital check to allow us to challenge approvals that were conducted too hastily – as when federal courts found the USDA’s 2009 approval of Monsanto’s GMO sugar beets to have been based on an insufficient review.
But the Monsanto Protection Act strips the courts of the power to halt seed sales, and actually compels the USDA to approve products whose approval the courts have challenged. It’s so outrageous, the USDA says the provision might not be enforceable.4
Now our legislators have an opportunity to undo this appalling act of putting special interests like Monsanto ahead of our health and the safety of our food. Urge the Senate to take action now:
Thanks for fighting industry influence in our food.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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