Since the passage of Vermont’s GMO Labeling law in 2014, we’ve been working to defend it in the courts and in Congress. But now we’re at a tipping point: Senator Roberts’ version of the DARK Act is going to the full Senate for a vote TOMORROW MORNING at 11am.
If passed, Roberts’ bill would not only seek to stop all present and future mandatory labeling of GE food (including Vermont’s Act 120) but also potentially rescind over 130 other state seed and food protection laws! Now more than ever, we need all hands on deck.
The Senate vote is projected to be extremely close. Since the Vermont congressional delegation is already supporting our right to know, we are asking you to help influence the positions of other key Democrats. We need you to make calls TODAY to the following senators, and forward this email to your friends and family in the following states! It’s truly now or never for your right to know.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) (202) 224-2023
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) (202) 224-4024
Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) (202) 224-2441
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) (202) 224-2043
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) (202) 224-5042
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) (202) 224-3954
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) (202) 224-5852
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) (202) 224-6324
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) (202) 224-5641
Here’s what to say when you call…
Americans want the Right to Know:
- Polls show 90 percent of Americans support on package labeling of GMO food.
- 64 nations require labeling including Russia, China, the EU, and important trading partners in Asia.
- More than 700 businesses and organizations oppose the DARK Act.
- More than 1.4 million Americans have joined a petition urging FDA to require labeling of GMO food.
- Farm groups ranging from the National Family Farm Coalition to Farm Aid to the National Black Farmers Association oppose the DARK Act.
- Chef Tom Colicchio and 4,000 chefs from 37 different states signed Food Policy Action’s petition opposing the DARK Act.
- More than 125 CEOs have written to Congress to oppose the DARK Act.
Dispelling GMO Labeling Myths:
- GMO labeling will not increase food prices. Companies frequently change labels to highlight new innovations and GMO label will not act as a warning.
- Voluntary labeling will not work. Companies have been allowed to make voluntary non-GMO disclosures since 2001, but consumers are more confused than ever.
- There is no “patchwork quilt.” Current state GMO labeling laws are virtually identical, so there will be no “patchwork quilt” of different state laws.
- GMO crops do not feed the world. Conventional and GMO corn and soybean yields have increased at the same rate. What’s more, U.S. farmers produce only 4 percent of rice, wheat, fruits, and vegetables, and most U.S. corn and soybeans are mostly used for animal feed and ethanol, not food.
- GMO crops have increased herbicide applications. Widespread adoption of GMO crops has increased annual applications of glyphosate – a probable human carcinogen – from 16 million pounds to more than 280 million pounds.
- GMO crops have led to more toxic herbicides. As weeds have become resistant to glyphosate, farmers have turned to more toxic weed killers linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and reproductive problems.
Thank you for all your help!