People want to know whether the food they feed their families contains genetically modified ingredients. The federal government has refused to require labels with this information, so states are stepping up to give their citizens what they demand. This week, Congress will decide whether to prohibit states from requiring labels…by hijacking the federal government’s budget.
Call or email the White House and your U.S. Senators and tell them that you oppose any effort to stop states from enforcing their own GMO labeling laws!
The Grocery Manufacturers’ Association and the biotech industry are currently lobbying Congress and the White House. They want a “rider” to the omnibus budget. The rider would temporarily stop states from enforcing their own laws requiring GMO labeling. Why is this happening now? If the budget doesn’t pass by Friday, December 11th at midnight, the federal government will shut down. Because most politicians don’t want the government to shut down, they are anxious to pass a budget, even one with an unpopular rider prohibiting GMO labeling laws from taking effect.
If the rider is included in the budget, states won’t be able to enforce the GMO labeling laws they’ve passed. Specifically, Vermont, poised to begin enforcement of its GMO labeling law in 2016, will be prohibited from enforcing its law. Washington DC insiders predict that a temporary rider would set the stage for Congress to pass a permanent federal preemption of state GMO labeling laws in 2016.
For more information the federal fight over GMO labeling, please visit the CFSA website.
The White House and your U.S. Senators need to hear from you TODAY!
Email your Senators by clicking on their names or give them a call:
When you call or email, you may use this script (or come up with your own!):
Hello, my name is ________________ and I live in [North/South] Carolina [if you are a farmer, be sure to mention that you are actively involved in farming]. I want the [President/Senator] to oppose any policy rider in the omnibus government spending bill that will stop states from enforcing GMO labeling laws. About 90% of Americans are strongly in favor of GMO labeling. Americans want a strong, mandatory, GMO labeling law. Any effort to stop states from labeling GMOs using a federal budget bill is disrespectful to Americans who want to know what they are feeding their families. Thank you and have a nice day.
Thank you for all that you do!
The CFSA Policy Team