In 2007 while campaigning, Barack Obama declared: “Here’s what I’ll do as President… We’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying.” It is now 2015 and over 125 CEO’s think the president should move to keep his pledge. They have signed a letter to perpetuate the momentum and to act.
If you believe as over 90% of North American’s do, that we should have the right to know what is in our food, it may be just the time to speak up! If you think that the 527 million pound increase of the possible carcinogen Glyphosate sprayed on Monsanto’s herbicide tolerant GMO (genetically modified organism) crops is wrong, it’s time to pen that letter. If you fret that seeds should be owned by everyone and not lie in the hands of five chemical corporations then act now.
If you represent a business, and are a CEO, or know someone who is, then the impact you make with that letter can be even greater. The President and Congress need to hear from business leaders who care about GMO labeling!
But wait, the letter has already been written and there is still time to add your name! View it here.
The DARK “Deny Americans the Right to Know” act was introduced by Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS). Congressman Pompeo circulated a revised draft bill that prohibits any current or future state law requiring the labeling of GMO foods. This bill would dramatically undercut the ability of states or local governments to regulate GMO crops. The so-called Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599), seeks to:
- Preempt states from labeling GE (genetically engineered) foods and enforcing existing labeling laws;
- Prohibit any state or local oversight of GE crops, even when the federal government has declined or failed to regulate them;
- Severely weaken already feeble federal regulation of GE crops at USDA and FDA; and
- Make it more difficult to voluntarily label GE and non-GMO foods by prohibiting any private label claims that do not go through a new USDA certification standard established by the bill.
Next week the House Energy & Commerce Committee will meet and begin marking up this bill to send it to a vote. A similar letter signed by groups and companies opposed to H.R. 1599 will be sent to the committee and your name can be added to the letter.
If you are a business leader, a CEO, or Executive Director of an organization and care about this bill then please add your name by contacting Katrina Staves at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know a business leader who cares, forward this post now. The deadline to add a name is Monday July 13th.
If you sign the letter or have passed it on to a CEO or business leader please leave a comment and let me know. Let’s keep the momentum up to urge President Obama to keep his pledge. We can defeat the DARK act if we all speak up. Let me know you have taken action!