Friday, August 18, 2017

IMPORTANT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 25!!!

ACT NOW TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES IN THE "DARK ACT" and to 
INSIST on CLEAR, ON PACKAGE LABELING FOR GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS!


E-Mail your views to GMOlabeling@ams.usda.gov before FRIDAY, AUGUST 25.

The main messages to convey are:

1. Labeling must be CLEAR and ON THE PACKAGE.
(That is, QR codes, 800 numbers, and references to websites are NOT acceptable as the sole means of informing consumers.)     

2. All genetically engineered foods must be clearly labeled as such, including processed foods (such as oils, sweeteners, etc.) and present in any amounts.   

3. Foods must be labeled SOON.  Industry has had plenty of notice and consumers have already had to wait far too long. 

It's good to put your name and address -- or at least your city and state -- on these e-mails.  It underscores that these decisions affect real people, real families!

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OR:   Center for Food Safety has made this EASY for you to do, so please do it NOW!
Go to the Center for Food Safety website at the link below and click on TAKE ACTION!
The rest is easy!



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Take advantage of this opportunity to be heard, or to add to your previous message!   

For more information please see our earlier post of July 10 at:


TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS DEADLINE EXTENSION!  PLEASE WRITE TODAY!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Glyphosate in the News!

Glyphosate, the leading active ingredient in Roundup® weedkiller, is back in the news.   Most foods that are genetically engineered today are engineered to withstand applications of glyphosate, which the U. N. has called a "probable carcinogen, " and which California is  adding to it's list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

Recently we have learned of foods being marketed with traces of this toxic product.   Arguments persist as to whether these levels are safe.  We urge readers to examine some of these websites and make up their own minds about the level of risk they find acceptable for themselves and their families.

We are also including some links about similar situations involving another toxic weed killer, diacamba. (see item 4 below).

1. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/dining/ben-and-jerrys-ice-cream-herbicide-glyphosate.html This article, published in the New York Times on July 25, 2017, discusses findings of glyphosate in Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.

Embedded in this article is a short video (less than 7 minutes long) about the history of Roundup and glyphosate.  You can also see the video here: https://vimeo.com/225617345

2.  https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays/dirty-dairy-why-consumers-need-force-ben-and-jerrys-go-organic

This article from Organic Consumers Association throws more light on the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream situation and suggests specific corrective action steps for consumers.

3.  http://fortune.com/2017/06/26/california-monsanto-roundup-cancer/
This was recently published in Fortune Magazine about California's latest actions regarding glyphosate.

4.  http://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i29/Arkansas-Missouri-ban-dicamba-herbicide.html?type=paidArticleContent
and
https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2017/pesticides-07-07-2017b.php
and
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/01/487809643/crime-in-the-fields-how-monsanto-and-scofflaw-farmers-hurt-soybeans-in-arkansas

Arkansas and Missouri have taken similar actions with respect to another agricultural chemical, dicamba.

We will continue to update this post and add others from time to time, but the links above will give you basic information.

Monday, July 10, 2017

TODAY! TELL USDA THAT GMOS MUST BE CLEARLY LABELED!

DEADLINE is MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

This is your chance as a consumer to let the Department of Agriculture know how you would like genetically engineered foods (GMOs) to be labeled.


This is the important Action to take NOW!
E-Mail your views to: GMOlabeling@ams.usda.gov BEFORE MONDAY,  JULY 17, 2017.


The main messages to convey are:

1. Labeling must be CLEAR and ON THE PACKAGE.
QR codes, 800 numbers, and references to websites are NOT acceptable as the sole means of informing consumers.     

2. All genetically engineered foods must be clearly labeled as such, including processed foods (such as oils, sweeteners, etc.) and present in any amounts.   

3. Foods must be labeled SOON.  Industry has had plenty of notice and consumers have already had to wait far too long. 

It's good to put your name and address -- or at least your city and state -- on these e-mails.  It underscores that these decisions affect real people, real families!


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Here is some background information:

On June 28 the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural  Marketing Service  (AMS) posted a request for input in developing a proposed bioengineered food disclosure rule. 

You may read this request at:

More Information about this:    

Although responses are sought to thirty questions (see: 
https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/gmo-questions ) there is no requirement that you follow this format.  


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IF YOU WISH: you may respond via the Center for Food Safety.
(We are grateful to the Center for Food Safety for making this easy for you with a model letter, and for their additional explanations. )

To access Center for Food Safety for this purpose, Please click here: 

or here (which goes to the same place!):

Either way you make your views known is fine, but please do it now or as soon as possible before Monday, July 17, 2017.