Help Washington Pass GMO Labeling Laws

A few days ago Les Berenson, the co-chair of GMO Free Washington, announced that Senator Marilyn Chase and Representative Cary Condotta have introduced bipartisan GMO labeling bills in the state of Washington. House Bill 2637 and Senate Bill 6298 will be voted on THIS THURSDAY. With a ballot initiative for GMO labeling laws in California, two states will be closer to pushing GMOs off the market then ever before and they need our help!

The battle to labeling genetically modified foods in the U.S. has been difficult, considering only about 20% of Americans know what a GMO is. The Americas are far behind the other 50 countries around the world that have either banned GMOs or have mandatory labeling laws.

The tipping point is nearer then ever, which means the time to act is NOW. Whether you are concerned about GM foods or not, we can all agree that consumers have the right to know what is in their food.

The community of consumers who want to see labeling laws is increasing and we have all done excellent work in raising awareness about this issue. We have been waiting for a moment like this, where a single action can swing the pendulum in the right direction. And the opportunity stands before us!

Even though many of us do not live in Washington, we can still voice our opinions and help to see that labeling laws get passed in Washington THIS THURSDAY. We can contact their legislators and tell them why GMOs should be labeled and ask that they support and cosponsor this bill. Here is the letter that I have sent to every house and senate representative in Washington. I urge you to call or email them with this letter or your own opinion.

“It is estimated that only 20% of American consumers know what a genetically modified organisms is, although they have been on the market since 1996. It is also estimated that 90% of consumers want to see GMOs labeled on the foods they purchase. Whether a consumer knows what a GMO is or not, we are all demanding the right to know what is in our food.

When genetically modified foods are know to cause adverse health effects and negatively impact the environment, we have to wonder if they should be on the market at all. Because GM seed is modified with DNA that is resistant to herbicide like Roundup, we are seeing an increase in the amount of chemical herbicide being released into our environment. Studies show that Roundup also causes adverse health effects and has recently been found in urine, rain, rivers, and streams.

The safety testing of GMOs is not required by law. This does not give consumers a peace of mind knowing they are consuming foods that have never been human safety tested. This is why we ask that you support and cosponsor House Bill 2637 or Senate Bill 6298, that will mandate the labeling of GMO foods in the state of Washington.

This bill is more important than ever, and as a representative of the state of Washington, we hope you uphold your position with integrity by enacting policies that not only reflect the ideals, opinions, and demands of your citizens, but also reflect the rights of every American nationwide.

Thank you for your consideration and thank you for supporting GMO labeling laws.”

Again, the time is NOW. Please pass this around to your friends and family. Take 5 minutes to call or write the representatives in Washington. You can find their information here. You can also read more about the actions Washington state is taking, leading up to the vote this week at gmofreewashington.com.

Thank you for your support and efforts. The tipping point is near!

- Leslie

Comments

  1. Greetings Anti-GMO Groups,
    Just want to voice an opinion about the battle against GMOs in the food supply.
    I imagine anyone reading this will know by now that Monsanto’s former vice president, Michael Taylor, is our nation’s food safety authority as Deputy Commissioner for Food at the FDA. And to think he is only one of many other former private sector biotech and pharmaceutical employees who have risen to the bureaucrat arena is a very serious matter.
    It should be apparent enough to see that petition efforts are likely to be worthless unless they could somehow get air time – which will likely never happen. Nearly equally so in futility are the small demonstrations we have organized and attended. Politicians are largely out to lunch and have no interest in taking a stand despite the unnumbered phone calls, emails and faxes voicing our concerns.
    We need to take a serious lesson from the California ballot initiative campaign for GMO labeling which recently achieved its signatures goal for a referendum in the upcoming elections. The fantastic organization and untiring work of those great individuals is deeply inspiring and we all need to imitate their determination, but in my opinion, in a different way. While this work is highly commendable it can be shot down by the judicial system, regardless of the will of the people.
    My suggestion and urging is to no longer solely depend upon social networking and all the other activities of the past, but to roll up our sleeves and do the hard work of door to door literature drop campaigns to educate our neighbors about what we know and they don’t.
    I am fully in agreement with Jeffery Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology (www.responsibletechnology.org) that getting enough Americans to say no to GMOs in the supermarket is the surest way to usher out the GMO era. Everything else will or can fall short, even successful referendums for labeling.
    Please consider challenging your members to sacrifice their time and dollar to obtain success over the stealth in the marketplace.
    Bill
    P.S. I use this pamphlet to educate: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/docs/140.pdf

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