2016 Candidate Endorsements

The Board of GMO Free PA recommends that Pennsylvanians vote for the following statewide candidates on November 8.
Please ask your district’s Congressional candidates’ about their positions on agriculture policy.

U.S. Senator:
The Board unanimously endorses
Katie McGinty
Katie McGinty (D)
As Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Environmental Protection, McGinty was instrumental in developing wind energy production as a major industry. Her third priority on her campaign website is “Environmental Protection and Investment in Clean Energy.”

Her opponent is Patrick Toomey (R), running for re-election. During the GMO labeling bill debate last year, we were repeatedly permitted to meet only with his lowest level staff, even after agreeing otherwise. Toomey consistently opposed GMO labeling. (In contrast, Sen. Bob Casey allowed us repeated interaction with his highest staff advisor for agriculture policy.)

Although agriculture is Pennsylvania’s largest economic sector, neither candidate mentions agriculture or GMOs on their websites, and neither replied to our inquiries about their positions.

Tell McGinty to talk about agriculture policy! Tell her you want her to oppose GMOs and support organic agriculture!

Attorney General of PA:
The Board unanimously endorses
Josh ShapiroJosh Shapiro (D).
As Chair of Montgomery County Commissioners for the last 6 years, Shapiro has preserved hundreds of family farms and other open space, including urban Norristown Farm Park, and established a farmers market in the county seat. His family has been a CSA shareholder from a local farm for about a decade. His campaign website lists “enhancing the ACRE program and protecting…farmers way of life” as part of his agenda.

 

 

 

President:
There was unanimous agreement that, considering his who’s who of corporate industrial agriculture as his ag policy advisors, no Party influences advocating for sustainability, as well as his documented and confessed love for fast food, Donald Trump (R) would be disastrous for sustainable and organic agriculture.

However, there was not unanimity about who to support. Hillary Clinton’s (D) past support for GMO agriculture is undeniable. But, unlike Trump, she would have to reckon with Bernie Sanders, his supporters, and other strong anti-GMO senators. So, Clinton could be susceptible to pressure to make concessions.

Education – GMO WTF – Cornell University

Videos of excellent, informative classes from GMO WTF, an independent student-organized series held at Cornell University.
http://www.gmowtf.com/gmo-course/

The highly qualified presenters include Francis Moore Lappe, Steven Drucker, Jonathan Latham, Claire Robinson, and more.

Action

People who want to eat real food have had a refuge in USDA certified organic. But now that is threatened by new genetic engineering techniques.
Help keep GMOs out of certified organic!

TAKE ACTION BEFORE NOV. 15:
Sign this petition telling the National Organic Standards Board to keep genetically modified organisms out of “USDA certified organic” food.
Learn more here.




THE D.A.R.K. Act – on President Obama Desk

Citizens for GMO Labeling has done a great job of explaining the Dark act.    Please click to their site.

PA Senate Vote:  Both Senators voted YEA.

Yea   D   Casey, Bob PA
Yea   R   Toomey, Pat PA

Congress Vote:  All of our Representatives vote YEA, except Tom Marino, he didn’t vote.

Pennsylvania
Yea   D   Brady, Robert PA 1st
Yea   R   Kelly, Mike PA 3rd
Yea   R   Perry, Scott PA 4th
Yea   R   Thompson, Glenn PA 5th
Yea   R   Costello, Ryan PA 6th
Yea   R   Meehan, Patrick PA 7th
Yea   R   Fitzpatrick, Michael PA 8th
Yea   R   Shuster, Bill PA 9th
No Vote   R   Marino, Tom PA 10th
Yea   R   Barletta, Lou PA 11th
Yea   R   Rothfus, Keith PA 12th
Yea   D   Boyle, Brendan PA 13th
Yea   D   Doyle, Mike PA 14th
Yea   R   Dent, Charles PA 15th
Yea   R   Pitts, Joseph PA 16th
Yea   D   Cartwright, Matthew PA 17th
Yea   R   Murphy, Tim PA 18th

What a sad day for the Citizens of PA.  Please send them a email letting them know how you feel about the DARK Act.

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President Obama signed S764,  reported White House statement and Release.   https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/07/29/statement-press-secretary-hr-2607-hr-3700-hr-3931-hr-3953-hr-4010-hr

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veto:obama

 

President Obama needs to hear from you today! The “DARK Act” is on a fast track to his desk where the White House has already indicated President Obama plans to sign this sham of a Bill.  Ask him to VETO and sign the White House Petition,  AND

Call Please call 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 to leave a message for the President from 9 AM to 5 PM ET.

Keep trying if busy!

 

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Please tell President Obama to veto the “DARK Act”, the sham labeling bill that will keep Americans in the DARK about what we are eating.
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Does President Obama actually want this to be his ‪#‎GMOlegacy‬?

Please call, tweet, and message the president:

President Obama’s profile page

Click here to send a pre-composed tweet (on Twitter):
http://ctt.ec/ux34R

Let’s hold him to his 2007 campaign promise to label GMOs.

The “DARK Act” would not fulfill this promise and instead President Obama would be remembered as the president who sold the American people out to industry. Don’t give up. Use your voice and be sure the President hears from you.

‪#‎labelGMOs‬ ‪#‎4SimpleWords‬ ‪#‎StopDARK‬ #GMOlegacy

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Organic Produce Summit recap and Super-Exciting Industry Data

Max Goldberg
Called an “organic sensation” by the NYT / Organic food & juice blog at livingmaxwell.com and pressedjuicedirectory.com

Hello Friends,

As you probably know, the Stabenow-Roberts GMO-Labeling “Compromise” bill easily passed through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and it is now sitting on President Obama’s desk awaiting his signature.

If you’d like to sign the official We the People petition to the White House urging him to veto this bill, below is the link.
http://bit.ly/29P82oX

Last week, I attended the first-ever Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, CA and it was a fantastic event. Below is my recap of the show, which includes some fascinating and compelling organic produce industry data.
http://livingmaxwell.com/organic-produce-summit-2016-monterey-ca-recap

Huge congrats to my close friend Vani Hari, who announced on her blog that she will soon be a Food Babe Mama!
http://shrd.by/ZcL5BL

Wishing you a great day!
Max
https://www.instagram.com/livingmaxwell/

TODAY’S LINKS

WSJ: Food giants set their sights on natural and organic companies (paywall).
http://shrd.by/XaWZl6

Is an organic “check-off” program supported by farmers?
http://shrd.by/qMtJck

Danone in $12.5 billion deal to buy U.S. food group WhiteWave creates an organic dairy powerhouse.
http://shrd.by/CBoKFR

OSGATA (the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association) withdraws its membership from the Organic Trade Association because of the OTA’s support of the Stabenow-Roberts GMO-Labeling “Compromise” bill.
http://bit.ly/2a7duXU

Glyphosate causes changes to DNA resulting in chronic disease.
http://shrd.by/qFMWMg

These Google Food employees are using high-tech, dirt-free shipping containers to grow organic herbs.
http://bit.ly/29U6woo

NYT: The demand is so strong that major food companies are paying farmers to switch to organic.
http://nyti.ms/29KHoSc

Hawaii’s landmark organic farming tax credit bill becomes law. http://shrd.by/TC5vcp

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Dr. Mercola explains it all

Voluntary ‘Smart Label’ Preempts State and Consumer Rights” 

Yet in just three years, from 2013 through 2015, the food industry spent nearly $200 million on anti-labeling campaigns. If you bought any processed food at all in the last few years, you have undoubtedly supported their efforts to pull the wool over your eyes because the list of traitor companies is long indeed, and contains many of the most widely bought brands in the U.S. Isn’t it time to stop paying these companies to lie to you and deceive you?

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We will keep you posted on the latest updates.

Thank you for all you do!

GMO Free PA

 

 

 

#GMO #Vermont #GMOLabeling #Monsanto #4simple

 

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