PA State Senator Daylin Leach (D-17) introduces SB653, legislation to Label GMOs in Harrisburg, PA on March 12, 2013
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GMO Free PA Visits the Pennsylvania Association For Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Feb. 8. 2013
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GMO Free PA
Call to Action: DARK ACT – Call or Email Today
HR 1599 – The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 – referred to as the DARK Act (“Deny Americans Right to Know”) by GMO labeling activists was introduced again!
If passed, this act will preempt states’ labeling rights and will allow foods with genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled as “natural”.
Please join us in an effort to STOP this bill from being passed.
Some highlights of this bill include:
* Restriction of the FDA’s ability to mandate national GMO labeling by narrowly defining “material”
*It directs both FDA and USDA to establish rules for non- GMO claims and blocks the creation of similar state programs.
*Both the FDA and the USDA would permit non GMO claims on products derived from animals fed GMO feed or drugs.
*Both the FDA and USDA would permit the use of GMO processing aids/ enzymes
*A voluntary “safety” notification process would be mandatory, but the FDA would have to approve or deny within 180 days or food could enter commerce.
*The bill requires “natural” to be defined by the FDA within 2 years.
As of yet, there are no Pennsylvania representatives who have co- sponsored HR 1599.
However, 3 representatives are on the Energy and Commerce Committee:
Joseph R Pitts (R) Chair of the Subcommittee on Health
As a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, please call the representatives listed above and let them know your concerns with HR 1599- The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 and ask them to be sure that it doesn’t come up for a vote or go out of their committee.
You may also call 1-877-796-1949 to be automatically connected to your representative!
We have a right to know what is in our food and we want to see TRANSPARENCY in our food system.
If you prefer letter writing, please go to this page to send an email letter to your representative.
GMO Free PA is a state-wide grassroots group whose mission is to publicize the newest research and information regarding the risks of genetically modified foods, assist and educate consumers in selecting vendors and products that are GMO free, and advocate for legislation that requires mandatory GMO labeling.
We also work very closely with like minded organizations who have the same mission. We welcome everyone to join us. This is a “we” movement and we need everyone. GMO Free PA is a registered 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization, however, donations to us are not tax deductible and the identities of donors do not have to be disclosed. GMO Free PA is allowed to engage in unlimited lobbying activities, and can engage in some campaign activity, but it is not our prime activity. Education is our prime activity. To carry out this important work, increase awareness of the labeling bill and empower people to act upon it, we need your support. Please become a member and join us in sending a message to our elected officials to pass An Act to Label Genetically Engineered Food. Our campaign has already been endorsed by the following national organizations: Food Democracy Now, The Organic Consumers Association, The Institute for Responsible Technology and Citizens For GMO Labeling.