Why would anyone want to hide the truth about what is in our food?
This September, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will likely be holding a hearing on an anti-labeling bill, H.R. 4432 introduced by Representative Pomeo (R-KS). Also known as the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know), this proposed legislation would prevent Ohio and other states from labeling genetically engineered (GE) foods, prevent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from ever requiring GE labeling, and allow GE food to be labeled as natural.
Food designed in a laboratory is about as far from natural as you can get!
This is a real opportunity to voice your support for your right to know what is in the food you eat and feed your family. The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act (H.R. 1699) would require any food item with at least one GE ingredient to have a label. It would also give all parties an opportunity to be heard during hearings and comment periods. This is THE Federal GE food labeling bill to support.
The next two weeks is a critical time to contact your representatives and let them know that this isssue is important to you. GE food technology was introduced with a promise: To feed the world and decrease the use of harmful chemicals. Studies are now showing that promise was an empty one.
To make the most impact:
Use the zip code box below to find your legislator. Call or email the office, using this sample script. Personalizing this message makes it more effective, so please make it your own!
"Hello, my name is _____ and I am a constituent of Representative ___________ and an active voter. (Let them know your occupation and any affiliations you have, such as a member of a professional association, community group, or congregation). I would like to leave a message about an upcoming hearing on the labeling of genetically engineered food. Can you relay a message for me?"
The message can include information that is important to you from the following talking points:
Please support H.R. 1699, Representative De Fazio's Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act.
- This bill would require GE labeling on any food with at least one GE ingredient.
- It would provide a fair and open process for comments on all sides of the issue.
Please OPPOSE the DARK ACT, H.R. 4432, because it will:
- Prevent Ohio and other states from having the authority to label GE foods.
- Prevent the FDA from GE labeling when it is not seen as a "dangerous food."
- Allow GE food to be labeled as "natural" which it clearly is not.
- Ignore the environmental impacts of GE crops, such as increased herbicide use.
- Not allow me the freedom to choose the type of food I want to eat.
"Thank you very much for considering how important this issue is to me and my family."
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