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On Earth Day Embrace Sustainable Agriculture

In response to an opinion piece called Trump Should Unshackle Innovation in Ag Biotechnology printed in Lancaster Farming on April 8, 2017, GMO Free PA submitted an editorial response with the hope that it will appear in the issue published on Earth Day 2017. GMO Free PA is committed to connecting farms, food businesses and eaters in Pennsylvania, with the goal of creating a sustainable farming system that produces nutritious food for all.

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PASS the Phone – Please

Your guests from other states can call the toll-free U.S. Senate switchboard: 866-772-3843.

Background

As the Vermont GMO labeling law takes effect on July 1st, and families across the land prepare to rejoice in American independence, the U.S. Senate cynically attempts to preempt that landmark legislation by quietly enacting a biotech-and-junk-food corporate wishlist into law.

Even though repeated national surveys for years find that 90% of all Americans, across every major demographic, want genetically engineered food to be labeled

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Tell Senator Casey, Vote “NO” any proposal that prevents mandatory GMO labeling!

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”
(202) 224-6324
https://www.facebook.com/SenatorBobCasey
Twitter: @SenatorCasey

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,
(202) 224-4254
https://www.facebook.com/senatortoomey/
Twitter: @SenatorToomey

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Kucinich Warns of Senate members indebted to Corporate Food Industry

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”
(202) 224-6324
https://www.facebook.com/SenatorBobCasey
Twitter: @SenatorCasey

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,
(202) 224-4254
https://www.facebook.com/senatortoomey/
Twitter: @SenatorToomey

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The Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be voting on a resolution

We just learned that THIS Wednesday June 15th, the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be voting on a resolution that “urges state and federal regulatory agencies to use science based, peer reviewed data to assess the impacts and the regulation of modern agricultural technologies including but not limited to crop protection chemistry, genetically engineered or enhanced traits and nutrients”. In other words, this resolution would mandate that our regulators use only the industry science that is presented to them and would not allow for our government to take the “precautionary principle” when it comes to new agricultural technologies used for food, feed and fiber. This is an outrageous resolution, as it protects solely the biotech industry, completely discounts consumers and small farmers and shows blatant disregard for the health of humans, animals and the environment. You can read the resolution here.

ARE YOU OUTRAGED?

Will you help us make some noise by calling our representatives and demanding that they protect consumer interests and not the industry? ASK them to vote “NO”! HR872!

Here are some highlights of the resolution:

“WHEREAS, The availability of modern agricultural technologies such as precision farming equipment, crop protection chemistry,genetically engineered or enhanced traits and agricultural nutrients are critically important tools that allow farmers to expand yields, reduce environmental impacts, improve profitability and provide a safe, healthy, abundant and affordable food supply; and WHEREAS, The agriculture and food production industries have a long history of success and safety in protecting and further enhancing the food, feed and fiber supply for Pennsylvania residents and the world.”

TALKING POINTS:

1.  We know that genetic engineering HAS NOT expanded yields. Quite the opposite.
According to the second edition of GMO Myths and Truths:
Conventional breeding continues to outstrip GM in delivering crops that yield well, resist disease, are nutritious, and tolerate drought and other types of extreme weather. (pp. 284, 318–321)

2.  Genetic engineering technology has NOT reduced environmental impacts. This technology has created super-weeds which have forced farmers to increase their chemical inputs. A report by agronomist Chuck Benbrook has shown that planting of the herbicide tolerant crops has led to 527 million pound increase in the United States between 1996 and 2011 and overall pesticide use increased by about 404 million pounds.

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WE can’t let this PASS – Robert’s Bill to only have voluntary federal labeling standard

IT’S BACK! A Bill to preempt state GMO labeling!

GMO labeling activists were successful last year in avoiding the passage of the DARK Act through the Senate, but last week, Senate AG Committee Chair Pat Roberts (R- Kan) introduced a bill that would preempt Vermont and other states’ mandatory GMO labeling laws and replace them with a voluntary federal labeling standard.

If this bill passes through the Senate, we will be back at square one. Vermont’s bill will die and big food companies will continue to get away with keeping consumers in the DARK about the ingredients in their foods.

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