CONGRATS – Our Community Stepped Up…and you have a Victory
Congratulations Everyone….YOU DID IT. We stopped the GMO language from being in the Budget–not an easy feat. Your voice counts and was heard. Together, we made a huge statement and helped move a mountain. The next phase will occur in January – in the mean time, happy holidays….and please keep us in mind for any year-end donations. We celebrate you and seek to protect our lifestyle and your children and theirs. SEE THE PRESS RELEASE BELOW:
For Immediate Release Contact: Rudi Leonardi at 1-415-999-9414
December 16, 2015 Email: Rudi@popcampaign.org
The POP Campaign Congratulates Congress for Standing Firm with Americans and Not Inserting GMO Rider into Omnibus Spending Bill
The POP Campaign (Preserve Organic Power) is pleased that Congress stood firmly with all of you and the American public and did not insert the GMO Rider into the Omnibus Spending Bill.
“Congratulations to our community on this huge big step. There is NO scientific consensus that GE foods are safe for human consumption. Published evidence validating safety for human consumption remains insufficient. We will remain vigilant in 2016 and do whatever we can to ensure quality food and choices for you and our children“ Brian Clement, Director of the Hippocrates Health Institute stated.
For 20 years, the American people have overwhelming desired to have the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE or GMO) foods. A misguided FDA has taken their cues from industry and refused. A recent survey found that 9 of 10 consumers wanted this transparency in their food labeling. Now they are beginning to listen to the challenges by you as concerned parents and conscious consumers. We will keep up our voice that “Quality Food is a Human Right”.
The POP Campaign particularly wants to thank Senators Debbie Stabenow and Jon Tester for taking a strong and public stand against using the must pass Omnibus Bill as a vehicle to pre-empt the laws of state and local jurisdictions. This leaves GMO labeling voluntary at the federal level until it is taken up in 2016. We also thank the Senate as a whole for not agreeing with Industry’s supported Pompeo Bill HR 1599.
We also want to thank all of the other legislators involved in this battle for consumers and children including Senators Boxer, Feinstein, Leahy, Merkley, and Mikulski as well as Representatives Defazio, Polis and Young. We want to thank Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid for working with these legislators on behalf of American families.
While this is a major victory for the American people, we realize the issue is not entirely resolved. In 2016, Congress likely will address genetically engineered food labeling issues. The POP Campaign stands with all of you is standing firm that all foods from apples and alfalfa, corn, soy, and wheat to salmon that are genetically engineered should be labeled clearly.’ You, as consumers in the United States who care about this issue, like consumers in more than 60 countries around the world, have a right to make informed purchasing decisions at your grocery store. The POP Campaign and the Hippocrates Health Institute and our networks will do everything to support this right.
A mandatory labeling system is an easy, can-do solution for the federal government. If Congress does not want to mandate this, then leave the issue to the states.
A very special thanks to our on the ground voice in DC, Beth Clay, for her diligent efforts in keeping our presence live during these tipping points.
For more information about the POP Campaign, including its initiatives to ensure that baby food is labeled, please visit our FB page, website, and make a donation – you count and we voice your concernshttp://popcampaign.org