Target: Shap Smith, Vermont Speaker of the House
Goal: Thank legislators for protecting consumers by requiring food labeling
Many major food corporations keep consumers in the dark about what they are eating on a daily basis. Food products often contain dangerous chemicals and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which can be detrimental to health. Corporations want to prevent food labeling because they fear that people will stop buying their food if they know what is in it. Vermont recently passed a bill that requires companies to tell people when GMOs are in their food. Thank legislators for promoting awareness and protecting the health of citizens.
Genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory. The alteration occurs by the introduction of genes from other plants, animals, bacteria, or viruses which then produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is experimental and has never occurred in nature. A California site called “Right to Know” explains the importance of GMO labeling: “GMOs have not been proven safe, and long-term health studies have not been conducted. A growing body of peer-reviewed studies has linked these foods to allergies, organ toxicity, and other health problems.” Until these studies are followed up on, we can only speculate about the long term effects of consuming GMOs. To this extent, consumers would be smart to avoid GMOs for the time being.
If corporations don’t have to label their food as genetically modified, individuals have no way to avoid the health defects that may come with this process. Vermont’s bill makes it clear to shoppers which products to avoid if they do not wish to purchase and consume potentially harmful products. Vermont has set an excellent example for other states, who should also make an effort to protect the health of their citizens. Applaud Vermont on taking a step towards more healthy consumption and transparent food labeling.
Dear Speaker Shap Smith,
Recently, you passed a bill that requires GMO labeling. This essential measure will allow consumers to be aware of whether or not their food was genetically modified. We already know that genetically modified food can have some negative health side effects, but we do not know the long term impact of it. Until there is enough evidence that proves that GMOs in food are detrimental to health, consumers should assume that they are.
Now that corporations have to label their food, shoppers can make more informed decisions about the food they consume. The passing of this bill also sets an excellent example for other states, who should follow suite. Thank you protecting the health of the people of Vermont by passing a bill that requires GMO labeling.
[Your Name Here]
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