Contact our PA Senators:
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) to reject the Roberts’ bill (S. 2609) and any proposal that prevents mandatory GMO labeling, please encourage him to continue to stand with his constituents in Pennsylvania. To vote for mandatory, 4 simple words on a pack, “made with genetic engineering”
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) to reject the Roberts’ bill (S. 2609) and any proposal that prevents mandatory GMO labeling, please encourage him to continue to stand with his constituents in Pennsylvania. To vote for mandatory, 4 simple words on a pack, “made with genetic engineering” Tell him you will not reelection him if he vote to accept Roberts’ bill (S. 2609) and any bill that prevents mandatory GMO labeling,
From what we can tell from media reports and the recorded votes on the last DARK Act, your Senator is really important to stopping this bill. Can you deliver a letter to Senator Casey in person right away? If not, mail it before the 4th of July!
As you may know, Senators Stabenow (D-MI) and Roberts (R-KS) have just released their “compromise” GMO labeling bill1, and it’s bad. As expected, the bill creates a GMO labeling scheme that will immediately override the state GMO labeling laws passed in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine, but will not require any labeling for 2 years, while USDA comes up with some vague labeling standard using discriminatory QR codes, websites or 800 numbers.
Senator Casey (D-PA) District Offices:
2000 Market Street, Suite 610
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Northeastern PA Office
417 Lackawanna Avenue, Suite 303
Scranton, PA 18503
17 South Park Row, Suite B-150
Erie, PA 16501
200 N Third St, Suite 14A
Harrisburg, PA 17101
310 Grant Street, Suite 2415
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Central PA Office
817 E. Bishop Street, Suite C
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Lehigh Valley Office
840 Hamilton Street, Suite 301
Allentown, PA 18101
A letter from a constituent is POWERFUL.
GMO Free PA
Big Ag and food companies have made it clear which option they support for labeling: QR codes. They know consumers don’t use these codes and that “labeling” via QR codes is really no labeling all.Only 64% of Americans own a smartphone.2 That means that more than a third of all Americans will not be able to access GMO information if products are labeled with QR codes. Moreover, those left out are disproportionately low income and those living in rural areas. According to Pew Research Center, only 50% of low income people in the U.S. own a smartphone; only 52% of rural Americans own a smartphone; and only 27% of seniors own a smartphone.3 Even those who do own smartphones are not guaranteed consistent access to the internet.4
At the end of the day, a substantial majority of Americans would be deprived of their right to know if GMO labeling were done through QR codes.
And if companies choose to use 800 numbers or websites to “label” their GMO products instead of QR codes, consumers would have to call a different 800 number for every product they purchase! All that just to avoid 4 simple words: “produced with genetic engineering.”
If you’re like many across the U.S., you’ve already seen GMO labels like this one showing up on big-name products like Kellogg’s, Frito Lay, Pepsi, General Mills, Mars, ConAgra, Dannon and Campbell’s.5 And contrary to industry talking points, prices did not increase, the food system did not collapse, and there is no chaos. Don’t let your Senator take that labeling away!
I WILL DELIVER!
Thanks for standing up for our right to know,
The Center for Food Safety team
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