“Sound science” resolution to be heard in Committee

 

Using “sound science” to address agricultural issues is vital.  But due to the money and power of large companies with vested interests, the studies that are conducted on agricultural technologies, from GMOs to pesticides, are often deeply flawed.  Scientists who want to conduct impartial studies are often blocked by a lack of funding, or outright attacked if their study results contradict the industry’s position.

The Texas House of Representatives is considering  a resolution, HR 1508, that opposes any regulation of GMOs, pesticides, or other “modern agricultural technologies” except when based on sound science. The premise of the resolution is that these technologies are the key to an abundant, safe food supply — a premise that is contradicted by multiple studies and reports.   The full text of the resolution is below.

We need support for independent, objective studies on these issues — not a blind vote of confidence in the industry.…

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Press Release: Bill Filed to Require Labeling of GMOs in Texas

For Immediate Release, March 12, 2015

Contact:  Judith McGeary, 512-484-8821, Judith@FarmAndRanchFreedom.org

 

Bill Filed to Require the Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods

 

 Austin, TX:  Today State Representative Carol Alvarado filed HB 3499 to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Texas that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

GMOs are organisms in which DNA from one or more unrelated species is put into the DNA of a target crop so it expresses a desired trait such as withstanding pesticides or producing insecticidal toxins.  A growing number of studies have raised concerns about the long-term effects of GMOs and associated pesticides on an individual’s health and the environment. Some studies have cited possible links between GMO foods and adverse health impacts including allergies, immune system disorders and organ toxicity.

“GMO labeling is vital to providing accurate information for consumers to make a choice as to whether or not they want to consume these foods.…

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Monsanto’s Dream Bill

Representative Pompeo just introduced a bill, HR 1599, that would prohibit state efforts to require labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs).

This is Monsanto’s dream bill — it would allow big corporations that make and use GMOs to continue to hide them from consumers, keeping Americans in the dark about what is in their food. In fact, some of our allies are calling this the DARK, or the Denying Americans the Right to Know, Act.

Who’s behind this bill?

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), an industry group that represents corporations like Monsanto, Nestlé and Dow, has been working with allies in Congress to get this bill re-introduced in the current Congress, after failing to pass it last year.

Federal GMO Labeling Bill

 Voluntary Labeling is a Proven Failure

While we usually support voluntary programs over mandatory programs, when it comes to GMOs, this is the wrong approach. There has already been voluntary labeling for the last 13 years — and not one company has voluntarily labeled its products as containing GMOs.…

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GMO labeling bill filed in Texas!

Texas State Representative Carol Alvarado has filed a bill to require the labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients.   If passed, this bill would mean Texans would finally know which foods in the grocery stores have genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Just filing this bill in a state with massive agribusiness and biotech industries is a major step!  But there is a very, very long road between filing the bill and getting it passed.

Will you help us fight for your right to know what’s in your food?

 

TAKE ACTION

1.     Call your State Representative and urge him or her to co-author HB 3499.

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 512-463-4630 or go to www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us  to find out who your State Representative is.

When you call, identify yourself as a constituent and ask to speak to the staffer who handles food issues.  Be brief and polite.  You can pull some talking points from our fact sheet, but don’t try to cover all of it – focus on why this issue is important to you.…

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Tell Congress to reject the DARK Act

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GMOs: Why the secrecy?

The new Congress is now in session, and it’s only a matter of time before what’s known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (or DARK) Act is re-introduced. If passed and signed into law, this act would overturn state laws that require the labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods.

Big Food and the biotech companies like Monsanto are pushing to reintroduce the DARK Act, which would:
Prevent states from adopting their own GMO labeling laws.
Block any attempt by states to make it illegal for food companies to put a “natural” label on products that contain GMO ingredients.
Prevent the FDA from requiring companies to label GMO ingredients and instead continue a failed “voluntary” labeling policy.

Voluntary Labeling is a Proven Failure

While we usually support voluntary programs over mandatory programs, when it comes to GMOs, this is the wrong approach. There has already been voluntary labeling for the last 13 years — and not one company has voluntarily labeled its products as containing GMOs.…

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Action Alert: GMO Labeling Needs Your Help on Capitol Hill

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Do you want to be kept in the dark about what you’re eating? Tell Congress to protect your right to know if your food contains GMOs!

While grassroots efforts to require labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs) are gaining momentum, Big Food and the biotech companies like Monsanto are trying to block your right to know what’s in your food.

These companies are backing a federal bill, HR 4432, that would:

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EPA and USDA Approved Dow’s 2,4-D Resistant Seeds and Pesticide

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It’s official. EPA and USDA have both evaluated Dow Chemical’s new line of 2,4-D-resistant seeds, Enlist — and have approved both the seeds and the accompanying pesticide formulation for market.

This is a turning point, not just for grain production but for food production in the U.S. and internationally. The introduction of Enlist corn and soybeans, and the widespread adoption of this new seed line, will have pervasive impacts on farmer livelihoods, public health and control of our food system.

This is a decision that our regulators should not have taken lightly. And yet, it seems they did. Both USDA and EPA set up an intentionally narrow scope for evaluating the potential harms posed by 2,4-D resistant crops — one that ignored the biggest problems and held up irrelevant factors as evidence of safety.

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Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement Could Undermine GMO Labeling

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FARFA joined with seventy consumer, farm and food groups, and businesses on a letter urging the Obama Administration not to restrict efforts to label genetically engineered foods in the ongoing and secret U.S.-EU trade talks.

Click here to read that letter.

Through negotiations on the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) with the European Union, the U.S. Trade Representative seeks to establish common regulations covering consumer protections, and has targeted the European Union’s regulations of genetically engineered foods, which includes consumer labeling. U.S. and EU agribusiness firms have been open about their desire to eliminate GMO labeling laws under TAFTA—including the rising number of U.S. states moving to require GMO labeling.

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USDA signals approval of Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant seeds

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But our fight to protect our food system must continue.

 
Last week, USDA announced final plans to give Dow the green light to begin marketing its controversial genetically engineered 2,4-D-resistant seeds. After 30 days, the USDA decision will become official. At the same time, the agency announced its preliminary decision to also approve Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant seeds.

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Fifty Members of Congress Press EPA and USDA to Reject New GE Crops

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Thank you to everyone who wrote and called their U.S. Congress men and women to oppose the new use of the toxic herbicide 2,4-D. Click here to see our previous alert.

On August 1, 2014, fifty Members of Congress led by Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing “grave concerns” over Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo™ herbicide and new varieties of genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy the herbicide mixture would be used with.

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