Sometimes good things happen and it is YOUR efforts that make this happen! Now, please take the time to thank these Senators for understanding that we have a right to know what our food is, how it is produced, if it is genetically engineered (remember, genetic engineering means that anything – plant, animal, insect, human – can be crossed and creates another ‘species’ that cannot be undone and can contaminate others that are not genetically engineered. My question: If it’s so great why doesn’t Monsanto label it, why do they continue to use their mega-international power (money) to bully people and governments so that their cross species food is not labeled and people are not given an option.
Let these Senators know that you are appreciative of their votes to keep genetically engineered salmon from our plates. Let your own representatives know that you want genetically engineered food labeled – then you can do what Monsanto knows people will do – stop buying it.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed an amendment to label genetically engineered salmon.
Congratulations – your efforts have continued to pay off!
On Thursday, an amendment which would require labeling of genetically engineered salmon, co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), was passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee. This amendment passed by a narrow margin of 15-14, and is part of the FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations bill which could be voted on by the Senate in the coming weeks.
We encourage you to send a thank you letter to the fifteen senators who voted for this amendment, listed below:
- Mark Begich
- Susan Collins
- Dianne Feinstein
- Tom Harkin
- Mark Kirk
- Patrick Leahy
- Mary Landrieu
- Jeff Merkley
- Barbara Mikulski
- Lisa Murkowski
- Patty Murray
- Jack Reed
- Jeanne Shaheen
- Jon Tester
- Tom Udall
Salmon is the first genetically engineered animal intended for human consumption, and may soon find its way into a grocery store near you. These fish have been engineered to produce growth hormones year-round to make salmon grow at twice its natural rate; however, despite this new technology, there have been no long-term studies on the safety of eating genetically engineered salmon, now has their environmental or economic impact been adequately evaluated.
These Senators understand that without labels, we as consumers are not able to make educated choices about what we’re eating and feeding our families. Take a minute to say thank you!
As always, we are grateful for your continued support.
Partnerships & Media Manager
Just Label It
We’re building a movement of concerned citizens – parents, health care workers, small business owners, farmers, and more – who care about what’s in the food we eat.
In October 2011, the Just Label It campaign was formed when the Center for Food Safety filed a petition with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to require the labeling of all foods produced using genetic engineering. Days later, we asked citizens from around the country to join us and tell the FDA to “Just Label It.” More than 1.2 million Americans have contacted to the FDA urging them to label genetically engineered foods. Ask others to sign on at www.JustLabelIt.org/takeaction.