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It’s a critical week for our Right to Know – call your Senator today!

Capitol HillThere is a dangerous bill that will be marked up and voted on in the Senate tomorrow. Introduced by Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, it’s truly Monsanto’s dream bill.  It’s unofficially called Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, and would take away the rights of states to pass GMO labeling laws. It would overturn the existing labeling laws in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine and make it harder for companies to label voluntarily.

It is indeed a dangerous bill and Big Food companies are spending millions right now to get it passed. That’s why your voice is urgently needed today. Make a call to your Senators and let them know how you feel. If you believe consumers have the right to know what’s in our food, like 64 other countries, then make that call.

This is our LAST CHANCE to stop the bill before it reaches the Senate floor and EWG makes it very easy: 

Click here to contact your senators and urge them to support GMO labeling and oppose the DARK Act!

I urge you to support GMO labeling. The script is below:

“The DARK Act, recently introduced in the Senate by Senator Pat Roberts, would pre-empt GMO labeling laws already passed in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut.

Like most Americans, I simply want to know what’s in my food and how it was produced. I strongly oppose legislation that would deny me this right, and I urge you to voice your opposition in order to protect our right to know what’s in our food.

Studies consistently show that the vast majority of Americans support GMO labeling. Some 64 nations around the world already have laws supporting this right.

The DARK Act keeps consumers in the dark. I urge you to do everything in your power to stop the DARK Act and instead support the consumer’s right to know what’s in our food.”
This is the most important thing you have to do today. Thanks for joining me!

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NOSB Fall 2015: A Delicious and Dirty Meeting

fall foliageOnce again, I find myself hunting the illusive meaning of organic regulatory and culinary bliss. I have traveled to Stowe, Vermont at the tail end of the peacock show of autumn foliage. I am not here to walk the sodden paths and observe auburn leaves aflutter. I come here to attend the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting, held twice a year and open to the public. I come to participate, make public comment, and network with colleagues. Of greater import I show up to listen and learn, to get a read on the health of our organic process and the people who fuel it. I am an avid and eager organic participant. I am eternally hungry.  Continue reading “NOSB Fall 2015: A Delicious and Dirty Meeting”