Allowing food companies to pretend like GMO is natural will undermine our basic human right to eating whole healthy food. Let’s tell Monsanto and Rep. Mike Pompeo(Repub. – KS) that we won’t stand for this underhanded and sneaky move.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Representative: Don’t Support Big Food’s Bill to Kill GMO Labeling Laws
“I am writing today to urge you to not support H.R. 4432, a bill introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo to preempt states’ rights to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients, and to deny consumers the right to know if their food contains GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
Contrary to Rep. Pompeo’s claims, consumers have plenty to be wary about when it comes to GMOs in our food. I urge you to read this statement, which signed by more than 200 scientists and medical professionals outlining why there is no scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs: http://sustainablepulse.com/wp-content/uploads/ENSSER_Statement_no_scientific_consensus_on_GMO_safety_ENG_LV.pdf
Unlike Rep. Pompeo, whose campaign has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from Koch Industries and the agriculture and food industries, the signers of this statement have nothing to gain by taking a stand against industry claims that GMOs are “safe.”
The American Medical Association has called for pre-market safety testing of GMOs. But no such tests are being conducted.
Claims that GMOs increase yields and reduce pesticide use have been proven false time and again. In fact, GMOs lead to ever-increasing amounts of toxic pesticides and herbicides being released into our air, water and food as GMO crop farmers struggle to combat the new strains of superbugs and superweeds created when insects and weeds become resistant to herbicides such as Monsanto’s Roundup.
These herbicides and pesticides have been linked to an increase in everything from allergies and kidney disease, to neurological problems (especially in children) and cancer.
More than 30 states have introduced or worked on laws to require mandatory labeling of GMOs. More than 90 percent of consumers, across party lines, have made it clear that they want GMO foods labeled.
And more than 60 countries have either banned GMOs, or require mandatory labeling of foods containing them.
Yet here in the U.S., consumers have had to fight hard for this right. Connecticut, Maine and Vermont have passed mandatory GMO labeling laws.
Please take a stand against industry-supported legislation that would preempt state GMO labeling laws and instead, support the rights of consumers like myself to know if their food has been genetically engineered. Thank you.”
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