Target: Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsato food company
Goal: Stop Monsato from suing Vermont for putting labels on genetically modified foods
Monsato, a national food industry group, claims that it has plans to sue Vermont for passing a new law that requires companies to label genetically modified foods. Monsato, one of the world’s most well-known GMO producers, claims that the law violates the company’s freedom of speech. Monsato is not a corporation that is interested in the welfare of the public. They recently collaborated with Dupont and Kraft foods to stump similar laws across the country.
Governor Peter Shumlin recently signed the GMO-labeling law, making Vermont the first state to require labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients. The successful passing of this law, which will be in effect July 2016, will pave the way for the remainder of the states to demand GMO-labeling. If Vermont wins the case against Monsato, it is likely that other states will take action and the United States will inevitably become a country that gives consumers the knowledge to make their own decisions.
According to RT.com, although Vermont has set aside $1.5 million in defense of the case, Monsato, along with other major GMO producers, might argue that federal law trumps state law. Regardless, Vermont’s legislators are showing enormous support and reportedly “overwhelmingly voted for GMO labeling.” The House of Representatives approved of the bill with a vote of 114-3 and the Senate with a vote of 28-2.
By requiring companies such as Monsato to keep consumers in the know and label genetically modified food, Vermont’s progressive stride is one step toward a healthier, more knowledgeable country. NBC News released a statement from The Grocery Manufacturers’ Association stating that “the government has no compelling interest in warning consumers about foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The national group maintains the foods are not unsafe.” It is up to the people of the United States to sound their voice and demand their right to know what is being put into the food they and their loved ones are eating. Your signature will tell Monsato to rethink their claim of suing the state of Vermont from ordering GMO-labels to be put on food products.
Dear Mr. Grant,
The people of America have spoken and are fed up with GMO-producing companies such as Monsato manipulating them into believing your company’s products are “natural”. It is time for Monsato to step up and take responsible action by following Vermont’s law that demands any food products with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such. Winning the settlement granting Monsato the right to not label their GMO-laden products would be a small victory compared to the large-scale human advancement that Vermont would be the catalyst of. Consumerism as we know it has a rare opportunity to transform into an honest, dependable practice.
Please think of the individuals that make up the state of Vermont-those who want to know what they are feeding their loved ones. By labeling your genetically modified food products, you would be engaging with consumers in a fair way that does not manipulate them in any way. Consumers will begin to trust Monsato as a corporation that has its buyers’ best interest in mind. With a whole state, as well as the majority vote of the House of Representatives and the Senate, do you really think that suing Vermont will ultimately be better for business? I demand that you abide by the law of Vermont to label genetically modified food products in order to advance the food industry by being honest with the consumer, as Vermont makes history by being the first state in the US to label GMO-products.
[Your Name Here]
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