Please call or email your U.S. Representative to urge him or her to oppose the Biotech riders. If you don’t know who represents you, you can find out at www.house.govor by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Below is a sample message for email or voice mail. Please be sure to personalize it! A personalized message, of any length, is far more effective than form messages.
My name is ____, and I am a ___________ (famer, parent, concerned citizen …). Having access to non-genetically engineered foods is very important to me.
I am writing to strongly oppose the “farmer assurance provision” in the FY2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill, and the series of Biotech riders (Sections 10011, 10013 and 10014) in the House version of the Farm Bill, and urge you to support any amendments to get rid of these dangerous and unnecessary riders. Congress must protect the few safeguards we have in place for genetically engineered crops, not eliminate them to appease a handful of large companies.
Though wrapped in “farmer-friendly” language, the provision inserted into the Agriculture Appropriations Bill is simply a biotech industry ploy to continue to sell GMO seeds even when a court of law has found they were approved by USDA illegally. It is unnecessary and an unprecedented attack on U.S. judicial review.
The changes to the oversight of GMO crops in Sections 10011, 10013 and 10014 of the House Agriculture Committee’s version of the 2012 Farm Bill are even more dangerous. These provisions will create serious risks to farmers, the environment and public health by forcing the rushed commercialization of GMO crops and eliminating meaningful review of their impacts.
In the past half-dozen years, both the courts and government reports have sharply criticized USDA’s oversight of GMO crops as being too lax. Numerous courts have held the agency’s approvals failed to comply with the law, placing both farmers and consumers at risk. In response, rather than responsibly improving its oversight, the industry seeks to instead change the rules so as to increase their profits at our expense.
For the sake of all American farmers and consumers, I urge you to support any amendments that strike these provisions from the House Agriculture Appropriations and Farm Bill.
If you have time, ask to speak to the stafferperson who handles agricultural issues. Introduce yourself, and have a short discussion with them about why this issue is so important to you. The more personal and individual the contact, the greater the impact you will have!