FW: GMO ACTION ALERT
- Subject: [cg] FW: GMO ACTION ALERT
- From: Laura Berman firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2003 10:23:19 -0400
I'm just passing this on fyi.
Community & Agriculture Programs manager
From: News Update from The Campaign [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sun 7/6/2003 7:47 PM
To: Stephanie Weisenbach
Subject: ACTION ALERT + EU passes new labeling legislation
News Update From The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods
Dear News Update Subscribers,
Representative Dennis Kucinich will soon introduce the Genetically
Engineered Food Right to Know Act of 2003 before the U.S. House of
Representatives. The food labeling legislation is one of six bills that
are designed to effectively regulate genetically engineered food that
Representative Kucinich is preparing to introduce.
If you go to the following web page you can send an instant e-mail to
your House Representative asking him or her to co-sponsor these bills:
You are also encouraged to print out our form letter and mail it to your
House Representative. Letters sent by U.S. mail get much more attention
than e-mail. We suggest you both e-mail and send a letter by U.S. mail
to your House Representative for maximum impact.
EU PASSES LABELING LEGISLATION
On July 2nd, the European Union (EU) Parliament voted to approve the
tough new labeling legislation on genetically engineered foods. Since
1998, the EU has had labeling requirements on some genetically
engineered corn and soy products. In 1998 they also enacted a moratorium
that stopped any new genetically engineered foods from being approved
for sale in the 15 EU nations.
The new EU labeling laws will be very comprehensive. With implementation
of their labeling law, it is expected that the moratorium will be
discontinued. The next step is that the labeling legislation must be
approved by the European Council of Ministers. That is likely to happen
later this month. If approved, it will go into effect in September and
compliance will be required within six months.
If you would like to read a 27-page report on the new EU regulations, go
to the following web page:
Posted below are two articles that discuss the new EU labeling laws. The
first article from the New York Times is titled "Europe Acts to Require
Labeling of Genetically Altered Food." The second article from
Associated Press is titled "Labels for genetically modified food are a
political hot potato in the U.S." and gives the U.S. perspective on the
new EU legislation.
STRATEGY FOR PASSING U.S. LABELING LEGISLATION
Now that the Europeans have their new mandatory labeling legislation, it
is time for us to get ours passed in the United States. Polls
show that the vast majority of U.S. citizens -- 80 to 93 percent -- want
mandatory labeling on genetically engineered foods. Our job is to get
that message heard by our elected officials in Washington, DC.
As you know, members of the U.S. Congress are elected by the citizens
of their legislative districts and states. Since we elect them, they are
supposed to primarily represent us, not the special interests of large
corporations. However, if members of Congress do not hear from the
people who elect them, they will often listen to corporate interests
that frequently provide large donations to their campaigns for
The good news is that if voters let their opinions be heard, most
members of Congress will go along with their desires.
THE NUMBER ONE REASON WE HEAR FROM MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON
WHY THEY HAVE NOT SUPPORTED LABELING LEGISLATION ON GENETICALLY
ENGINEERED FOODS IS THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED TO SUPPORT IT
BY ENOUGH VOTERS IN THEIR DISTRICT OR STATE.
So it is essential to let our voices be heard. The best way to do that
is to send a letter by the U.S. Postal Service. Yes, a letter sent by
U.S. mail has the most impact. Personal letters are best, but form
letters are a very effective way to communicate. Plus, by asking people
to sign form letters, you can quickly get many others to communicate
their desire for labeling. Most people simply won't take the time to
write a personal letter. But, if asked, they will sign their name and
fill-in a convenient form letter.
E-mails are quick and simple, but they do not nearly have the impact of
mailed letters. Sending e-mail to your members of Congress is better
than no communication at all, but letters are still a far superior
method to get the attention of our elected officials.
Each one of you reading this News Update has the ability to generate
dozens or even hundreds of letters to members of Congress by circulating
form letters to your friends and associates. Your active participation
in getting those letters sent to Congress can make the difference
between success and failure. Having strong feelings on an issue is good,
but grassroots activism is not a spectator event -- it requires active
participation to be truly effective.
This will be the first time the labeling legislation has been introduced
early in a Congressional session. We have about 15 months to get it
passed in this 108th Congress. Plus, 2004 is an election year which
provides some great advantages. Of significant impact is the fact that
Representative Dennis Kucinich is running for president:
Representative Kucinich's strong position on labeling and regulating
genetically engineered foods provides an excellent opportunity to get
this issue discussed in the upcoming election debates. Plus, the debate
over genetically engineered foods is a major trade issue since the
United States has filed a World Trade Organization (WTO) case against
the European Union.
The Campaign will soon be sending out questionnaires to all the
presidential candidates asking their positions on the issue of
genetically engineered foods. We will inform you of the responses we
receive and post them on our web site.
Please take part in the current ACTION ALERT by sending both an e-mail
and letter to your House Representative. Thanks!
The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods
PO Box 55699
Seattle, WA 98155
Web Site: http://www.thecampaign.org
Mission Statement: "To create a national grassroots consumer campaign
for the purpose of lobbying Congress and the President to pass
legislation that will require the labeling of genetically engineered
foods in the United States."
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