Can We Succeed in Pushing Back Against Dangerous Genetically Engineered Foods?

February 14, 2012
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GMO-freeYes! There are more and more anti-GMO campaigns across the country—with your help this effort can succeed!

Genetically engineered food is the biggest uncontrolled experiment ever conducted on humans. Nearly all of our processed food contains genetically engineered ingredients. A handful of biotechnology companies dominate the US market and claim there is no safety risk to consumers, animals, or the environment. The evidence suggests quite the opposite. Remember the animal studies that showed sterility by the third generation?

We’ve partnered with numerous campaigns and combined efforts to stop the GE food take over of our food supply. All of us need to keep taking action to support these campaigns. The federal government, no matter which party is in power, is unwilling or unable to stand up to the GE industry, so citizens must do it instead. The only reason major food manufacturers stopped contaminating the European food supply with GE food sources was because European citizens voiced their objection to GMO in massive numbers.

Here are some of the major campaigns for which we need your support:

Petition the FDA to Label GMOs, with Congressional Support

The Center for Food Safety, on behalf of over 400 organizations and businesses, has filed a Citizen Petition with the FDA which states that GE foods are being mislabeled because consumers are mislead as to their origin and cannot differentiate GE foods that have known health problems from non-GE foods.

This petition challenges FDA’s claim that GE foods are “substantially equivalent” to non-GE foods and that they therefore do not need to be labeled. According to the petition, non-GE foods that are not labeled as such are in fact misbranded—which FDA must, by law, take seriously.

When FDA first stated this “substantial equivalence” policy in 1992, 98% of the public comment opposed it. Despite the fact the FDA has received strong pushback against their stance, FDA has never bothered to address any concerns, nor has the agency ever completed or released any information assessing the human health or environmental effects of genetically modified organisms.

On February 6, a Dear Colleague Letter supporting the Citizen Petition was sent by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR). Please contact your senators and representative today and ask them to sign the Dear Colleague letter!

Take Action!
Please note that because members of US Congress only accepts messages from residents of the districts they represent, this alert is restricted to US residents.

California GMO Ballot Initiative

In October we reported on a California ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. Labeling is a big deal. You may remember the devastating quote from a Monsanto employee: “If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it.” Of course, we would say that’s a good thing!

ANH-USA has partnered with the campaign, and we’re doing our all we can to support the efforts. The campaign needs 500,000 valid signatures. Signature collection officially starts on Feb 18, but the campaign is signing up volunteers for signature collection trainings right now. Please go to the LabelGMOs.org events page, sign up, and make a change.

You can also visit the Organic Consumers Fund to learn more.

State Bills on GMOs

In addition to California’s ballot initiative, there have been bills in a number of states requiring the labeling of GE foods.

Hawaii:

  • HB2746, Relating to the Labeling of Genetically Engineered.
  • HB216, Relating to Food Labeling.
  • HB2034, Relating to Food Labeling
  • SB2443, Relating to Food Labeling; Genetically Engineered
  • SB2891, Relating to Food Labeling

Hawaii Residents Action Alert

New York:

Four bills introduced in 2011 still need your help.

Vermont:

HB722, An Act Relating to the Labeling of Food Produced with Genetic Engineering

Vermont Residents Action Alert

Washington:

HB2637 and SB6298 would require labeling of GE foods. Both bills have broad grassroots and bipartisan support.

Washington Residents Action Alert

8 Responses to “Can We Succeed in Pushing Back Against Dangerous Genetically Engineered Foods?”

  1. Barbara Mrozek says:

    I live in Germany and the European Union has pretty successfully fought genetically manipulated foods – even though it was and continues to be a hard fight. They maintain that we really do not know the if results of consuming this food has bad consequences. Monsanto has done everything possible to control this market. We see documentaries about this company which I don’t know if you are allowed to see. At least, our products have to be labeled if they contain manipulated products.

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  2. Jimena says:

    http://www.labelgmos.org/

    Link up with one of the petitioners since only physical signatures count toward the ballot initiative. They need 850,000 Californians to sign it to get to vote on labels for processed foods.

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  3. Cynthia says:

    Eat and shop local. Know your grower personally.

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  4. Don’t buy anything they make and get healthy! Buy local and support community family farms and everybody sing along with me on the Monsanto Frankenfoods Song http://youtu.be/lpE67cuSJIs

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  5. Robert Cruder says:

    One cannot preclude the possibility that a GMO product is less nutritious or that it contains allergens, irritants or toxins not found in non-GMO.

    Having said that, it is absurd to assume the same for every GMO source. A problem with one GMO product says nothing about another any more than E.coli-tainted spinach from California proves that oranges are similarly tainted.

    GMO labeling is very popular with some customer segments but bears scrutiny.

    In the 1950s screenwriters were fired for having communist leanings. The studios blamed the sponsors. The sponsors blamed the customers. Asked how the customers knew that the screenwriters had communist leanings the sponsors replied “because we tell them”.

    Edward R. Murrow said of McCarthy: “His primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind. … We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence … We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason …The actions of the junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay. …And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn’t create this situation of fear; he merely exploited it”

    Join with the consumers who demanded “communist” labeling.

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  6. ROBERT SCHWAGER says:

    please give back the frmers the right to grow wholesome , non GM crops. I,ve read that the scientists have created new resistant weeds. Our health comes from the wholesome foods we eat.LETS KEEP IT THIS WAY

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  7. Arlene Goetze says:

    I want very much to know what foods are GMO so I can avoid theml I don’t want Round-up in my garden or in my body.

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