Target: Susan Suffion, Deputy Field Director of Oregon Right to Know
Goal: Commend efforts to pass a GMO labeling law in Oregon
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) linger in many common foods, unbeknownst to those who consume them. As of now, the only way for consumers to know whether or not a food contains GMOs is by looking for an “organic” or “Non-GMO Project Verified” label. While 64 other countries require GMO foods to be labeled, individual states within the US have been fighting expensive battles against massive companies to gain labeling laws. Oregon is the most recent state to trek the long and difficult road of requiring GMOs to be labeled. Those behind this initiative are fighting tirelessly to make GMO labeling laws a reality in Oregon.
Oregon Right to Know is campaigning valiantly against anti-labeling companies, keeping voters up to speed and raising funds for informative commercials and education. Oregon Right to Know is not attempting to stop the sale of GMO foods nor is it attempting to scare consumers. The group’s goal is simple: if a food is genetically altered in some way, it should be labeled as such so that consumers may make an informed decision about purchasing it.
Every type of food would be labeled under this law, including bread, fish and other meats, fruits, and vegetables. Many major food companies within the U.S. already label their GMO products in order to sell them in international markets. The same companies that manufacture harmful pesticides and sell overseas are loading millions of dollars into anti-labeling campaigns in the U.S. out of fear that consumer knowledge of GMO foods will inhibit profits.
Consumers are entitled to know what is in something they consume. Labeling GMOs would allow consumers to make decisions according to their diet, religion, morals, environmental concerns, and overall well being. Gaining labeling rights is extremely important for the future of food in the U.S. Applaud the Oregon Right to Know”group for its dedicated and well-executed fight for knowledge.
Dear Ms. Suffan,
Oregon Right to Know is fighting valiantly to require labels on all GMO foods. I am writing to thank you for your dedication to this project. As you know, similar labeling initiatives have been defeated in other states, including California and Washington. Monsanto and other anti-labeling companies have dumped millions of dollars into misleading advertisements designed to convince consumers to vote against honest labeling.
Even in the face of monstrous adversity, Oregon Right to Know continues to acquire necessary funding to inform consumers about the importance of labeling. This funding is well spent, supporting television ads and constant updates about the labeling-decision countdown. Consumers are listening to and learning from the important information provided by these mediums.
Thank you for fighting for consumers’ right to know. It is my hope that your efforts continue to see positive change, and that eventually, you will gain labeling laws for Oregon.
[Your Name Here]
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