Posted by Dave on September 25, 2013
BREAKING: Senator Mikulski kills the Monsanto Protection Act in the Senate!
Congratulations to everyone who took action to stop this outrageous act in Congress! Your voices have been heard load and clear this week in DC!
Tonight, Senator Barbara U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski released a statement and Food Democracy Now! wishes to thank her!
“My promises made are promises kept. I have never supported the Monsanto provision, and I continue to oppose it...I have long fought for strong food safety measures. I have supported a bill requiring labeling of genetically engineered fish, an amendment to the Farm Bill that allows states to require labeling of edible foods and beverages for sale that contain genetically engineered ingredients, and called for labeling of cloned animals or their progeny."
“I will continue to fight for food safety and consumer information to support the health and well-being of families across America.” - Senator Barbara Mikulski.
“This is a major victory for the food movement and all those who care about openness and transparency in their government,” said Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now! The decision to strip the provision, he said, "is a sign that our voices can make the difference when we are effectively organized.”
According to Murphy's group, Food Democracy Now! has generated more than half a million signatures in a petition delivered to Congress and the White House demanding the removal of the rider. In addition, the law's opponents logged more than 40,000 phone calls to members of congress in the last two weeks alone.
“This is what happens when people become engaged in the democratic process,” Murphy said. “Millions of people around the world were outraged when the bill passed originally and removing the Monsanto Protection Act from the current bill is a sign that the food movement has arrived politically. The American people are tired of Monsanto’s lies and the manipulation of our political process and we’re not backing down.”
This is a major victory for America's farmers, our democracy and our food supply and would not have been possible without all of your calls and emails!
Incredible thanks from all of us at Food Democracy Now! - Let's keep the progress moving forward on GMO labeling!
Together we can Move mountains!