Posted by Dave on May 23, 2013
If you ever needed a reason to call the Senate to stand up for your basic rights regarding food and GMO labeling, consider a breaking story about China, where 3 shipments of GMO corn from the U.S. have been rejected by government officials at the port. Not only were the shipments of U.S. GMO corn rejected, they were destroyed because they were “illegal under China’s GMO biosafety law” according to GMWatch.
Incredibly, while the Chinese government is actively seeking to protect its population from untested GMO crops, the U.S. government is so much under the control of biotech lobbyists like Monsanto and DuPont that it can’t even pass a law to allow labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Click here to change that today, call your Senators and demand GMO labeling in the U.S.. Tell your Senator it’s time to stop letting Monsanto write the rules - VOTE YES on SANDERS Amendment #965. You have a right to know. Every voice counts!
This morning in the U.S. Senate, Senator Harry Reid is calling for a vote on the Sanders amendment #965 to protect states' rights to label GMOs. The vote on the Sanders GMO bill, which must meet a 60-vote threshold, is scheduled to take place this morning and we need you to make calls all day to keep the pressure on.
This vote couldn’t be more important. Right now, 26 states have GMO labeling bills or ballot initiatives in progress and Monsanto is going around threatening to sue each state if they pass a common sense GMO labeling bill in order to intimidate its elected officials. We can’t allow this to happen!
The Sanders Amendment would make it clear that states may require clear labels on GMO foods that let consumers know what they're eating.
According to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT: “Monsanto and other major corporations should not get to decide this, the people and their elected representatives should”.
We couldn’t agree more!
Today’s Senate vote on protecting states' right to label GMOs couldn’t come at a more important time. Already portions of 3 state legislatures (Connecticut, Maine and Vermont) have passed GMO labeling bills and Monsanto is getting desperate in trying to figure out how to stop them. Once again, Monsanto lobbyists are working behind closed doors in Washington DC to try to slip in provisions to kill GMO labeling laws here in the U.S..
Senator Sanders is attempting to get this amendment passed because he’s outraged that last year Monsanto threatened to sue his state for daring to stand up for common sense labeling laws
“Vermont and other states must be allowed to label GMO foods,” Sanders said. “My provision would protect states from threatened lawsuits.”
The states’ march for GMO labeling:
Two weeks ago, on May 10th the Vermont House of Representatives voted 99-42 for legislation calling for labeling food products that contain genetically modified organisms.
On May 14th, the joint Maine Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (ACF) Committee voted to support LD 718, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers’ Right to Know about Genetically Engineered Food.
And just this week, May 21st, the Connecticut Senate passed a GMO labeling bill by a vote of 35 to 1.
Now none of these bills are final, and Monsanto and the biotech industry knows this and is doing everything it can to kill states' rights to labeling, including threatening the governors of these states with lawsuits and working to preempt state labeling by slipping in outrageous provisions in the farm bill like another Monsanto Protection Act to stop them.
But we can’t let that happen!
Click here to change that today, call your Senators and demand GMO labeling in the U.S.. Tell your Senator that it’s time to stop letting Monsanto write the rules. You have a right to know. Every voice counts!
Last year a vote on a similar amendment, SA 2310, in the Senate during the farm bill debate didn’t end well. The Senate voted 26 to 73 to defeat the common sense effort to protect state’s rights to label genetically engineered foods.
List of Senators Who Voted Against Sanders Amendment to Support States' Rights to Label GMOs in 2012 - Help Changes this Balance!
Already, 64 countries around the world already require the labeling of genetically modified foods, including all of the European Union, Russia, China, Australia, South Africa and Syria. In the United States, labels must list more than 3,000 ingredients but the Food and Drug Administration has resisted labels for genetically altered foods.
After you make the call to your Senators today, please ask them to support the list of amendments we recommend.
Remember, democracy is like a muscle - either you use it or you lose it!
Thanks for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team
1. “China destroys three shipments of GM corn from US”, GMWatch, May 22, 2013
2. “Food Labels”, Bernie Sanders, May 22, 2013.
3. Senate Roll Call Vote 112th Congress - 2nd Session on Sanders Amdt. No. 2310