July 20, 2015 in Uncategorized
A Message from Brian Snyder, Executive Director of PASA
PASA Members & Friends,
Since 2008, at least five polls have shown 90% or more of Americans support labeling food containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Last Tuesday, the House Agricultural Committee in Congress decided to go against the supermajority of their constituents, and voted the deceptively named Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599) through committee.
More appropriately labeled the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act by its opponents, H.R. 1599 would continue the failed policy of “voluntary” labeling of GMO foods, while:
- Stopping state and local governments from requiring labeling of foods that contain GMOs
- Preventing regulation of genetically engineered crops through local control, which is used to protect organic and sustainable farms from contamination
- Banning the Food and Drug Administration from requiring companies to label foods containing GMOs
With 106 cosponsors already, and a possible vote by the entire House of Representative this week, it is important your representatives in Congress hear from you today. For example, in Pennsylvania alone, 5 representatives have already signed on as cosponsors:
- Rep. Scott Perry (PA-4)
- Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10)
- Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-5)
- Rep. Charles Dent (PA-15)
- Rep. Bill Shuster (PA-9)
Take action now:
- Call (877) 796-1949 and tell your representative you deserve the right to know if your food contains GMOs.
- Click here to find your representative and additional contact information.
With your efforts, we can shine some light on the DARK Act and stop H.R. 1599 from becoming law.
P.S. Soil health is vital in successful farming practices and this bill puts healthy soils at risk. Learn how to build and maintain your soil health at our new Summer Conference coming up August 6-7, 2015 in Centre Hall, PA. Our featured speaker will be Gary Zimmer of Midwestern BioAg, and you can find full agenda details and registration information here.