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Action Alert - Protect Your Right to Know Which Foods Contain GMOs PDF Print E-mail
Please send this URGENT message to U.S. Government leaders to protect your right to know which foods are made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Click and send an email today to the Secretaries of State (Clinton), Agriculture (Vilsack), and Health and Human Services (Sebelius). Please try to do this before Wednesday, May 5th, but don't stop until they come around.

They must stop U.S. negotiators at an international (Codex) conference from May 3-7, from pushing an agenda that could make it difficult for anyone, anywhere in the world to label foods as genetically modified (GM) - or even make non-GMO claims on their product's label. At this point, there is no labelling of products containing GMOs in the U.S., and the majority of consumers would avoid GMOs if they were labeled.

The U.S. is taking the position that GMOs are not different from conventional foods, claiming labels that say GMO or non-GMO are misleading.

If they succeed at the meeting, the U.S. may then file lawsuits through the World Trade Organization against any country that implements mandatory labeling of GMOs, or even allows non-GMO claims on packages.

The growing evidence and concern about health dangers of GMOs is making waves. A renowned US Medical organization (American Academy of Environmental Medicine) called on doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. Consumers are seeking non-GMO brands, and the fastest growing claim among store brands in 2009 was "GMO-Free" (Neilson Survey). The trade journal Supermarket News predicts GMO concerns will erupt this year, specifically because consumers are now given choices by the new Non-GMO Shopping Guide website and the Non-GMO Project's third-party verified standard for making non-GMO claims.

Most Americans (53%) say they would avoid GMOs if they were labeled. But even 5% would likely be enough to create a tipping point of consumer rejection, forcing all GM ingredients out of our food supply.

We can see the tipping point just over the horizon, but it is now threatened by the US position at Codex.

Demand that the U.S. support the right for countries everywhere to label GMOs. And remind them that 9 out of 10 Americans want mandatory GMO labeling, and that President Obama actually made a campaign pledge to implement it-which are all waiting for.

Send an email today
 
Help Protect Organic Small Farms PDF Print E-mail
Please contact your senators to protect organic small farms in the food safety bill.

Please contact your Senators today, if you have yet to do so, and ask them to support the Tester amendment. To reach your US Senators, use the following web address to find their office and phone number or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

There's no doubt that industrial agriculture and its international supply chain need better oversight. But, family-scale local and organic farms are probably the safest in the nation -- they are part of the solution, not part of the problem -- and need to be protected!

The U.S. Senate will vote shortly on a sweeping overhaul of federal food safety law -- S. 510. The House food safety bill passed last year (HR 2749) included several measures that potentially threaten small-scale local farmers and organic producers, including a blanket application of complicated monitoring and traceability standards -- regardless of one's
farm size -- and a potential $500 fee for any farm engaged in onsite processing (i.e., maple syrup production, sun-dried tomatoes, salad mixes, etc.).

Now is your chance, as a supporter of sustainable family farming, to help fix these problems. Senator John Tester (D-MT), a certified organic farmer himself, is proposing an amendment to S. 510 that would exempt small-scale farmers and food processors from the most burdensome regulations. Visit the web address below to read why Senator Tester is offering his amendment. http://www.cornucopia.org/FoodSafety/Tester_FoodSafetyAmendment.pdf
 
New Bill Proposes Increased Regulation of Dietary Supplement Industry PDF Print E-mail
On February 4th, Senator John McCain introduced the Dietary Supplement Safety Act, which would amend the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 and would have significant consequences for both suppliers and retailers.  Under this new act, every dietary supplement has to go through an as-yet-undefined process of government review in order to remain on store shelves.  All dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbal products and others that were previously allowed, could be removed from the market pending their review.  Retail establishments would also have to to register with the Food and Drug Administration and would have to get evidence from their suppliers that each dietary supplement product meets all regulatory requirements. New or innovative dietary supplements or dietary ingredients would also be subjected to a much more rigorous approval process.  You can follow the progress of the bill online at www.govtrack.us.  The Natural Products Association has a form to contact your representatives about the bill.
 
Shopping for Non-GMO Products Just Got Easier PDF Print E-mail
53% of Americans say they would avoid Genetically Modified Organisms in their food if those ingredients were labeled, but labeling laws do not exist, and the only way to avoid GMO’s has been to buy certified organic products. But now you can download a special shopping guide that can help you choose products that are non-GMO (many of which are available at the Co-op, of course). The guide is available at www.nongmoshoppingguide.com. The site also features suggestions on how you can help end the genetic engineering of our food supply. When Europe achieved its tipping point of consumer rejection, within a single week nearly every major food company committed to stop using genetically modified ingredients.
 
Learn more about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) PDF Print E-mail

Here are some great sites!

www.truefoodnow.org

www.nongmoshoppingguide.com

www.percyschmeiser.com

 
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