September 1, 2014

Senator Bernie Sanders Proposes Amendment to Farm Bill Requiring Labeling of GMOs

pin it button Senator Bernie Sanders Proposes Amendment to Farm Bill Requiring Labeling of GMOs

GMO free Senator Bernie Sanders Proposes Amendment to Farm Bill Requiring Labeling of GMOs

Right now the U.S. Senate is working to hammer out the final details on the farm bill and it isn’t pretty. While a number of important reforms have been won, like getting rid of wasteful direct payments, agribusiness lobbyists have succeeded in larding the bill up with billions in inefficient programs that harm America’s farmers, our environment and eaters everywhere.

Fortunately, this morning, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) took to the Senate floor to announce an important amendment to the Farm Bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered food. Sanders repeated the well-known facts that:

  • Already nearly 50 countries around the world require GMO labeling.
  • In a Canadian study, the GMO Bt toxin was found in the blood of 93% of pregnant women.
  • Monsanto’s Roundup tolerant GMOs have led to the rise of superweeds that now infest more than 10 million acres – Predicted to reach 40 million acres by mid-decade – that means more chemicals used on our crops

It was an amazing and historic speech, but GMO labeling and creating a sustainable food supply won’t happen without you.

If you want to create a system that promotes healthy and organic food and builds a sustainable future for family farmers and the environment, Food Democracy Now! needs you to act today!

Click here to tell your Senators that you support the Sanders-Boxer amendment to label GMOs in the 2012 Food and Farm bill.

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/602?t=9&akid=568.258044.vySgTA

Thanks again for participating in food democracy,

Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team

 

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