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: Email or Call Today
If you can’t make the DC Rally, you can still make your voice heard through email and a phone call.
The federal bill HR 4432, Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act will destroy our grassroots efforts and deprive the Commonwealth of PA the right to decide what is best for Pennsylvanians. We call it “Deny Americans the Right to Know Act” or “DARK ACT”. It would block the Commonwealth from requiring G.E. labels and even let foods with G.E. ingredients be label as natural.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Pompeo, and the Commonwealth has three lawmakers who serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, two of which are in the Subcommittee on Health. This is where the HR 4432 is sitting and this committee will be having a hearing on it on December 10. The Chairman, Representative Joseph Pitts (R-District 16) and Tim Murphy (R-District 18) are on the subcommittee on Health, which has jurisdiction over HR4432. We need to stop this bill before it goes any further!
Who do these representatives represent? How will they vote on HR 4432? Will they be known as the representatives that put Corporate interest ahead of your own need to know? Will they be known as the representatives that do not represent you? Will they vote for silencing citizens when it come to petitioning for laws in the Commonwealth. Who is responsible for this?
HR 4432 has three co-sponsors for from the Commonwealth of PA. Please contact them and ask them to withdraw their co-sponsorship. We need leaders that will not take away our rights to petitions for laws in Pennsylvania.
Call or email your U.S. Representative, and urge them to oppose HR 4432.
Call and ask to speak to the staffer who handles food issues. Explain that you are a constituent and that you have the need to know whether your food contains GMOs — and that the Big Food companies have already proven that they will not do so voluntarily.
You can find more talking points in our sample letter, below.
A phone call is more effective than an email. If you do send an email, please be sure to personalize the first few sentences so that it’s not just a form message!
Sample Letter – email
Subject: I encourage you to Oppose HR 4432
I urge you NOT to support HR 4432, (or withdraw your co-sponsorship) which would block the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, introduced by Rep. Pompeo.
The bill does nothing useful — there is no need for Congress to adopt voluntary labeling, since companies have had that option ever since GMOs were introduced into our food supply. What the bill really does is deny states the right to pass meaningful mandatory GMO food labeling bills.
The free market can only work when consumers have the information they need to make informed choices among different products. It is absurd to claim that voluntary labeling addresses the issue. In the 19 years that FDA has allowed companies to voluntarily label genetically engineered foods, not one single company has done so.
Please do NOT support HR 4432 or ANY bill that enacts useless voluntary labeling schemes. Instead, I would urge you to support the labeling efforts in the Commonwealth of PA, continue the transparency in labeling GMO labeling plan.
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.
Karen Stark and Annmarie Cantrell met at a Weston A Price meeting in 2011 and decided to have a meeting in April 2012 to see what interest there was on GMO’s in the area. They met Zofia Hausman soon after at a Jeffrey Smith event in Connecticut. GMO Free PA was formed as a 501 (c) (4) in April 2013 and is recognized by the state as a non-for profit. GMO FREE PA is one of the original members of a national coalition of states that formed during the 2012 Proposition 37 ballot intiative in California. We at the coalition work together for support, encouragement and shared information. We have fostered the strength to make it possible to engage in labeling movement, that some may of felt was impossible. This information that we share is to make the legislation action to be cohesive among the states, to have unity with each other. This same information is shared with the GMO Free PA chapters and coalition partners so that we are united in a common goal – to pass GMO Labeling legislation at state and eventually federal level and afford every American the right to know what they are eating. The first step was the writing of the bill, then finding a Senator to introduce the bill. Daylin Leach introduced SB653, An Act to Label, on March 11th 2013 and on April 3, 2013 was assigned to the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. We are currently working to engage in unlimited activities, and can engage in some campaign activity, but it is not out prime activity. Education is our prime activity. We are a state wide organization with the intention of having a GMO FREE PA Chapter in every county in the state so that we may effectively extend our reach, build our momentum and get a labeling law passed. 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 and The Institute for Responsible Technology.