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  • Subject: Re: [cg] FW: GMO ACTION ALERT
  • From: David Smead smead@amplepower.com
  • Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2003 09:55:31 -0700 (PDT)

It would be a great day if all food NOT grown in accordance with the
strictest organic standards be so labeled.


David Smead

On Tue, 8 Jul 2003, Laura Berman wrote:

> Hi All,
> I'm just passing this on fyi.
> Laura
> ---------------
> Laura Berman
> Community & Agriculture Programs manager
> FoodShare Toronto
>     -----Original Message-----
>     From: News Update from The Campaign [mailto:newsupdate@thecampaign.org]
>     Sent: Sun 7/6/2003 7:47 PM
>     To: Stephanie Weisenbach
>     Cc:
>     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:
>     http://www.thecampaign.org/alert-house.php
>     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.
>     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:
>     http://www.thecampaign.org/euregs070103.pdf
>     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.
>     Now that the Europeans have their new mandatory labeling legislation, it
>     is time for us to get ours passed in the United States. Polls
> consistently
>     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
> re-election.
>     The good news is that if voters let their opinions be heard, most
>     members of Congress will go along with their desires.
>     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:
>     http://www.kucinich.us
>     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!
>     http://www.thecampaign.org/alert-house.php
>     Craig Winters
>     Executive Director
>     The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods
>     The Campaign
>     PO Box 55699
>     Seattle, WA 98155
>     Tel: 425-771-4049
>     Fax: 603-825-5841
>     E-mail: mailto:label@thecampaign.org
>     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."
> ------ End of Forwarded Message
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