Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stop H.R. 1599 Today: Food Safety and Your Right to Know What's In Your Food

Here's an issue I am passionate about, one I hope my Google + circles, social media friends, and fellow bloggers will help support.
The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to pass H.R. 1599, a deceitful, anti-consumer, anti-Democracy bill, on Thursday, July 23.

If passed, H.R. 1599 (The Dark Act) will not only preempt all state (including Vermont’s) GMO labeling laws, but it will also wipe out county bans on GMO crops—a direct attack not only on Democracy, but on organic and non-GMO growers who increasingly face the risk of contamination. 

But that’s not all. H.R. 1599 is written to make it impossible for food manufacturers to voluntarily tell consumers their products are GMO-free, using reliable, independent labels and standards. And it would guarantee no pre-market safety testing of GMO foods—ever.

It's not to late to stop this bill. Flood Congress with phone calls today and tonight. We need the phones ringing off the hook in the offices of every single member of the House. The recent March 2015 Declaration of the World Health Organization to stop manufacture and use of glyphosate (an ingredient in Roundup), a carcinogenic herbicide used on nearly 90 percent of GMO crops, is supporting evidence for the case to say no to the Dark Act. You have the right to know whether this carcinogenic substance is either in or out of food sold in our US markets. Monsanto can not sell Roundup in Europe, where it has been pulled from shelves. Did Monsanto buy off politicians here by lying about genetically modified seeds and report erroneously that nothing proves Roundup is toxic? 

It makes it all the more critical that consumers be able to avoid foods containing GMO's if they so choose—and that politicians are informed that we don't support the Dark Act.

Please dial 1-202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your U.S. Representative TODAY. If the line is busy you can look up your US Congressperson's phone number on the internet or in a phone book. Once you’re connected, ask your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 1599. There is email contact available too. U.S. House of Representatives

WE do have the power to make good things happen. Use you right to free speech and speak out today!

The quotation for today is: Genetically modified (GM) foods may look and feel the same as conventional foods, but they are drastically (and possibly harmfully) different. These types of foods have been altered by taking the genetic material (DNA) from one species and transferring it into another in order to obtain a desired trait. The FDA does not require any safety testing or any labeling of GM foods, and introducing new genes into a fruit or vegetable may very well be creating unknown results such as new toxins, new bacteria, new allergens, and new diseases."

- M.D. David Brownstein, The Guide to Healthy Eating
#nongmo #foodsafety

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