Target: Senate Majority Leader Harry Leid
Goal: Condemn Senate for GMO favoritism and encourage future GMO labeling laws
A law which would allow states to require labels on food and drinks made with genetically modified ingredients was recently rejected by the U.S. senate, with a 71-27 vote against. GMO labeling laws are currently being debated in several states, but without federal legislation (in this case an amendment to the Farm Bill) states that require food labels will be left open to lawsuits claiming that food labeling is the province of federal regulators. The U.S. Senate must be condemned for blatantly favoring biotech and food corporations over the American people, and encouraged to pass similar legislation in the future.
The amendment to the Farm Bill is sometimes referred to as the Sanders amendment, after the independent senator who was instrumental in bringing it before the Senate. It would have, in addition to allowing States to require that genetically modified foodstuffs be labeled as such, require the Food and Drug administration to report to Congress the percentage of food and drink products in the United State that contain genetically-modified ingredients. Without such legislation, we may never know just how common genetically modified ingredients are in the U.S.
The European Union has already passed legislation in all of it’s constituent states requiring that all genetically-modified products are clearly labeled as such. The United States should follow this lead and require that possibly-dangerous GMO’s in food be labeled, however, this will not happen so long as the Senate maintains its policy of favoring large food corporations such as Monsanto. The Senate must be condemned for this shameless plutocracy, and encouraged to pass laws similar to the Sanders amendment in the future.
The United States Senate recently rejected the so-called “Sander’s Amendment” to the farm bill with a 71-27 vote against. The amendment would have allowed states to require that corporations explicitly label products made using genetically modified ingredients, which have been shown to pose a potential danger to the American consumer. The law would itself not have required labeling of GMO’s, but instead, put the power to require such in the hands of states, and by extension, the body of conscious citizenry.
By rejecting this bill, you have clearly demonstrated the corporation-favoring nature of the Senate, and the clear disregard that you hold for the safety of the American people. We hope that you have not set a precedent in doing this, and that in the future similar measures will make it through the Senate’s approval process.
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