ACT NOW – Letter: Please Co-Sponsor HR 3553 – Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act

Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 01:01 PM
posted by Mik and Rudi

A simple letter to get out to your House of Representatives member – let’s educate them to the need for the freedom of choice.

Date:  ___________________

Representative _________________

US House of Representatives

Washington, DC

Dear Representative:

As my voice in Washington, I request that you co-sponsor HR 3553, the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act. I, like a majority of Americans agree, with the findings of this bill that “genetically engineering foods results in the material change of such foods” and therefore according to a currently unenforced law, this material fact should be clearly provided on food labels.  Voluntary labeling has proven ineffective, therefore; mandatory labeling is urgently needed.

I want to know about when food contains or is produced with a genetically engineered material. The government has done a dismal job of protecting the public by allowing so many genetically engineered products into the food supply.  A mandatory label will at least give consumers accurate information so we can make our own choices in the marketplace.

Many Americans need to know of the potential transfer of allergens into food and other health risks.  I am concerned about potential environmental risks associated with the genetic engineering of crops; and many Americans have religiously and ethically based dietary restrictions which require labeling of genetically engineered foods.  Worldwide consumers and farmers are concerned about the entrance of plant and animal species that have been genetically engineered.  HR 3553 is a good first step on the right course of protecting heritage species and consumer choice.

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