Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pennsylvania House Bill 944

What farming methodologies do you think should be included in agricultural education in PA?

The Pennsylvania House of Representative’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously adopted a proposal by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry) on June 19, 2017 that would “develop and disseminate agricultural education materials for school entities or private or nonpublic kindergartens, elementary or secondary schools in this Commonwealth.”

The proposal, House Bill 944, would create a Commission for Agricultural Education to be overseen by both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Read More

Sign on to Support Organics: Letter to Secretary Perdue and Members of Congress

Please support the National Organic Coalition letter to Secretary Purdue regarding support for organics.

Click here to read the letter.

Dear Colleagues,

The letter sends a strong, positive message to Secretary Perdue and to Members of Congress to protect funding for crucial programs that benefit organic agriculture and the organic industry. Currently, 177 businesses, farms, non-profits, and universities have signed on in support of this effort. See below for the list of groups.

We are extending the deadline to sign on until July 1 to give more groups an opportunity to sign on.

Please let me know if there is a business or organization missing from this list that you think would want to sign on. Groups can sign on here. Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Kucinich Warns of Senate members indebted to Corporate Food Industry

UNITED STATES - APRIL 17: Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, speaks at an event at the Capitol Hill Club to launch of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Kucinich Urges YOU to Call Your Senator Today to Stop a Fake GMO Labeling Bill (Photo By Tom Williams)

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 Read More

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

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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. Read More