Re: FW: GMO ACTION ALERT
- Subject: Re: [cg] FW: GMO ACTION ALERT
- From: David Smead email@example.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.
On Tue, 8 Jul 2003, Laura Berman wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'm just passing this on fyi.
> Laura Berman
> Community & Agriculture Programs manager
> FoodShare Toronto
> -----Original Message-----
> From: News Update from The Campaign [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> 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!
> 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:email@example.com
> 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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