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  • Tell your State Senators to Support GE Food Labeling in Vermont!

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods we purchase and feed our families.

    Vermont has the opportunity to lead the nation on this issue.  As you know, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. In its absence, states have a duty to their citizens, environment, and agricultural economy to enact this right.

    Vermont could be the next state to label genetically engineered foods, but the state legislature needs to hear from you!


    A poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of GE foods. Yet, the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling!
    More than 64 other countries have enacted laws specifically focused on overseeing genetically engineered crops and foods, or their labeling [1]. This year, 31 bills have been introduced in 17 states, bringing the total number of state bills up to 62 bills in 23 states—and Connecticut and Maine became the first states to pass labeling legislation.

    The Vermont labeling bill is scheduled to hit the Senate floor this week, so please take action TODAY!



    More Information


    1. http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/ge-map

  • Don't let Congress deny your right to know: Oppose the DARK act

    Big Food is trying to kill your right to know if the food you’re eating is genetically engineered.

    With their anti-labeling allies like Monsanto and Dow, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has teamed up with Koch brothers-backed Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to introduce a federal bill that would deny your right to know.

    The bill, which we're calling the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act (DARK Act),” would:

    • Prevent states from adopting their own GE labeling laws.
    • Block any attempt by states to make it illegal for food companies to put a “natural” label on products that contain GE ingredients.
    • Prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring companies to label GE ingredients and instead continue a failed “voluntary” labeling policy.

    The bill--crafted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association-led Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, has just been introduced by Rep. Pompeo, and has reportedly picked up two co-sponsors: Reps. Butterfield (D-NC 1st district) and Blackburn (R-TN 7th district). All three lawmakers serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over GE food labeling.

    It’s no surprise that industry chose the Kansas Republican as their cheerleader. Pompeo was the single largest recipient of campaign funds from Koch Industries in 2010. It’s clear that corporate money = legislative favors with Congressman Pompeo.

    And now the Koch brothers are teaming up with Monsanto? Monsanto was the single largest contributor against the recent Washington State ballot initiative to label GE foods. Between Washington State and California, Monsanto, along with GMA and other agribusiness companies, have contributed over $67 million to keep consumers in the dark.

    So what’s wrong with “voluntary” GE food labeling? In a word: everything. It is grossly misleading for industry—let alone members of Congress—to continue trumpeting the idea that voluntary labeling will solve the overwhelming consumer demand for labeling in the marketplace. In the 13 years that FDA has allowed companies to voluntarily label genetically engineered foods, not one single company has done so.

    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. In 2013, over 50 GE labeling bills were introduced in 26 states, including Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont.

    This industry-backed bill will cut these state labeling bills off at the knees and replace them with an undemocratic, hollow “voluntary” labeling scheme that does nothing to address consumer interests and only serves to allow corporations to deny us our right to know.

    Tell Congress to drop this corporate hand-out of a bill!


    For more information:

    State Labeling Initiatives, Center for Food Safety (April 2014)

    Bill seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by states, Reuters (April 10th, 2014)

    Big Food's "DARK Act" Introduced in Congress, CFS Press Release (April 9th, 2014)

    GMO Pushers and The Art of War, Huffington Post (April 10, 2014)

    National Farmers Union statement on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act
    (April 11, 2014)

  • Don’t let Michigan turn farmers into felons

    Last week, Michigan’s organic and heritage pig farmers celebrated a victory when a judge deemed “unconstitutional” a misguided state law meant to deal with feral pigs but which actually endangered farmers’ ability to raise heritage pig breeds. Unless we convince the Governor and state Attorney General to stop defending this unconstitutional law and repeal it the legal fight will drag on for years to the detriment of sustainable farmers throughout the state.

    In 2011, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued an Invasive Species Order (ISO) designed to clamp down on a perceived threat from feral pigs in Michigan. Contrary to its stated purpose, however, the DNR’s ISO was drafted so broadly that it contains no exemptions for heritage pigs or sustainable farming.  The order essentially outlaws all pigs except those used in industrial-scale animal factories.
     
    The ISO made possession of “wild boar, wild hog, wild swine, feral pig, feral hog, feral swine, Old world swine, razorback, eurasian wild boar, Russian wild boar (Sus scrofa Linnaeus)” a felony with punishment of up to 2 years in prison and fines ranging from $2,000 - $20,000.  The ISO stated that it “does not and is not intended to affect” domestic pigs “involved in domestic hog production.”  Despite this provision, small family pig farmers were threatened with prosecution under the Order and filed suit in Michigan on constitutional grounds. 

    Roger Turunen and his wife Brenda are just two sustainable family farmers who would be affected by this unfair Order. The Turunens raise “Hogan Hogs” on their Michigan farm, a heritage breed of pig different in appearance from those raised by big commercial animal factories. Heritage pigs bring farmers and consumers a number of benefits that the conventional pigs do not – they are hardy animals well suited to the tough Michigan winters, they are easier to manage, and are raised on small, more sustainable farms.

    To determine whether a hog was prohibited, the DNR based its ISO on physical characteristics, not on whether it was actually feral. The characteristics included coloration, skeletal appearance, tail structure (including either curly or straight tails) and ear structure. Hogan Hogs are a breed of hog carefully cross-bred under the Turunen’s husbandry.  Despite being well-kept in pens and on farms, Hogan Hogs are similar in appearance to the pigs outlawed by the ISO, so all of a sudden the Turunens went from wholesome farmers to felons.

    Last week, there was finally a step in the right direction! A Michigan judge ruled that the state’s ban was unconstitutional. The Court held that the Invasive Species Order violates the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the United States and Michigan Constitution, denying equal protection of the laws, without a rational basis, to these Plaintiffs and others owning hybrid or heritage pigs. The Court found without a doubt that the Plaintiffs’ pigs are indeed domestic pigs and granted an injunction barring enforcement of the law against the Turunens and other Plaintiffs.

    Many in Michigan and elsewhere were encouraged by this victory. Unfortunately, big agri-business concerns are pushing back, heavily lobbying the Governor and the Michigan Attorney General to appeal the judge’s decision and outlaw all breeds of pig except those favored by industrial scale
    animal factories.

    If the Governor and Attorney General cave in to pressures brought by these big agri-business concerns the victory for small sustainable farmers might be short-lived. Michigan’s heritage pig farmers could find themselves facing felony prosecution if they continue to raise their heritage breeds, just because their animals resemble the Michigan Department of Resource’s overly broad definition of “feral” pigs!

    Tell the Michigan Attorney General not to appeal the decision, and tell the Governor to repeal this unfair and unconstitutional law!

  • Support the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods in Hawaii!

    Hawaii’s lawmakers recently failed to pass a bill to label GE foods in the state. Sign the petition urging Hawaii lawmakers to pass a state labeling bill in the next legislative session!

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods we purchase and feed our families.

    A poll recently released in the Honolulu Star Advertiser showed that three-quarters of voters interviewed in a Hawaii Poll want the state Legislature to pass a law requiring that genetically engineered foods sold in Hawaii carry labels. [1]

    Let’s show lawmakers what that support looks like—Sign the petition urging the state legislature to pass a GE food labeling bill. We’ll submit your signatures to lawmakers and let them know Hawaii supports GE food labeling in the state:

  • Protect Oregon wildlife from toxic pesticides

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is proposing the use of toxic insecticides to kill mosquitoes at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on the Southern Oregon coast.  These insecticides could harm wildlife, such as threatened Coho salmon.

    The Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is the last substantial tract of salt marsh remaining in the Coquille River estuary.  This sensitive habitat is home to a variety of animals, including clams, shrimp, salmon, and bald eagles. It is used by thousands of migrating birds as a stopover to rest and feed, as well as by threatened species such as Coho salmon and snowy plover.

    Stop the spraying of toxic chemicals in and around Bandon Marsh -The comment period closes April 9th, so please sign the petition today:

  • Protect Bandon March National Wildlife Refuge from Toxic Pesticides!

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is proposing the use of toxic insecticides to kill mosquitoes at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on the Southern Oregon coast.  These insecticides could harm wildlife, such as threatened Coho salmon.

    The Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is the last substantial tract of salt marsh remaining in the Coquille River estuary.  This sensitive habitat is home to a variety of animals, including clams, shrimp, salmon, and bald eagles. It is used by thousands of migrating birds as a stopover to rest and feed, as well as by threatened species such as Coho salmon and snowy plover.

    USFWS is working to reduce mosquito numbers after an oversight during a restoration project  increased mosquito breeding habitat in a portion of the marsh, resulting in unusually high numbers of mosquitos. But FWS’s plan is premised on the unfounded fear of mosquito-borne diseases, none of which exist in this area.

    In the fall of 2013, public pressure halted the first plan set forth by USFWS, which included the unneeded application of toxic chemicals to 10,000 acres in and around Bandon Marsh, including areas where cranberries are grown.  In the end, 290 acres were sprayed inside the National Wildlife Refuge.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is entrusted with protecting our most vulnerable species. Allowing pesticides that are harmful to wildlife in a National Wildlife Refuge goes against the basic purpose of our refuge system—to provide a safe haven for wildlife.

    Although this year’s plan is an improvement over last year’s, the USFWS needs to make changes to ensure that they meet their mosquito management goals while not harming fish, birds, and other wildlife.

    Stop the spraying of toxic chemicals in and around Bandon Marsh -The comment period closes April 9th, so please send your comment today!


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    For more information

    You can read the Draft Plan and Environmental Assessment for Mosquito Control for Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and find more background at: http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html

    To learn more about effective and sustainable mosquito management read the Xerces Society’s Report Ecologically Sound Mosquito Management in Wetlands at: http://www.xerces.org/mosquito-management-wetlands/

    Learn more about the Center for Food Safety’s recent work to protect National Wildlife Refuges at http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/2934/center-for-food-safety-files-groundbreaking-legal-action-to-protect-national-wildlife-refuges.

  • Support the California GE Labeling Bill!

    The California Senate is considering a bill that would finally label genetically engineered foods in the state! Your Senator is a member of the first Senate committee (the Senate Health Committee) to debate the bill. Urge your state Senator to support your right know about GE foods today!


    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to the genetically engineered (GE) foods we purchase and feed our families. That’s why California State Senator Noreen Evans has introduced Senate Bill 1381, a bill to label GE foods in the state!

    California has the opportunity to lead the nation on this issue. More than 64 other countries have enacted laws specifically focused on overseeing genetically engineered crops and foods, or their labeling.  As you know, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. In its absence, states have a duty to their citizens, environment, and agricultural economy to enact this right.


    California could be the next state to label genetically engineered foods—But your state Senator needs to hear from you! 

    There is overwhelming public support for GE food labeling in California. Polls both before and after the vote on Proposition 37 showed that 67% of Californians supported California having its own GE food labeling law. Even though Prop. 37  was narrowly defeated, more than 6 million Californians voted in favor of Prop 37. And, immediate post-election polling showed 21% of all voters who voted against Prop 37 reported they actually support labeling of GE foods.
     
    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. That’s why SB 1381 is so important.

    SB 1381 is scheduled to be heard first in the Senate Health Committee, which your state Senator is a member of. The hearing could happen as soon as March 26th, so please take action now!


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  • Tell FDA to protect public health, not animal factories

    As you know, antibiotic resistance is a real, growing problem. Infections that were easily treated with antibiotics 50 years ago can now result in serious illness and even death. While doctors can certainly over-prescribe antibiotics, the real culprit is not the health care system, but our food system.

    The overuse of these pharmaceuticals greatly compromises public health, as their consistent use in livestock selects for antibiotic-resistant superbugs that are infecting humans at an alarming rate. In human medicine, antibiotic use is generally confined to treatment of illness. Yet, an estimated 70-80% of antibiotics produced in the United States—more than four times the amount used to treat illness in people—are used in animal factories for animals that aren’t even sick. Instead, the feed these industrial facilities buy often has antibiotics blended right in, or they simply add antibiotics to the water.

    Sign the petition to tell FDA to Protect Public Health, Not Animal Factories:

  • Tell Costco to Reject Genetically Engineered Salmon

    Kroger and Safeway--the #1 and #2 U.S. conventional grocery chains--have just joined other major retailers like Target, Meijer, Aldi, Giant Eagle, Whole Foods and many others in protecting consumers, wild salmon and the environment by rejecting GE salmon, but there are many companies who still haven’t responded. So, who’s next?

    Costco is one of the largest retailers of salmon and seafood in the U.S. and is one of the last large retailers that hasn’t made a commitment not to sell GE salmon.

    Sign the petition urging Costco to join its competitors and commit to keeping GE salmon off its shelves:
     

  • It’s Time to Label GE Foods in Massachusetts!

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods we purchase and feed our families.

    A poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of GE foods. Yet, the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling! GE foods are required to be labeled in 64 countries around the world. In 2013, more than 50 labeling bills were introduced in 26 states—and Connecticut and Maine became the first states to pass labeling legislation.

    Massachusetts could be the next state to label genetically engineered foods--Your legislators need to hear from you! 

    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. That’s why lawmakers have introduced bills to label GE food in Massachusetts.

    Tell state lawmakers to support the labeling of genetically engineered food in
    Massachusetts!

  • It’s Time to Label GE Foods in New York!

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods we purchase and feed our families.

    A poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of GE foods. Yet, the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling! GE foods are required to be labeled in 64 countries around the world. In 2013, more than 50 labeling bills were introduced in 26 states—and Connecticut and Maine became the first states to pass labeling legislation.

    New York could be the next state to label genetically engineered foods--Your legislators need to hear from you! 

    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. That’s why lawmakers introduced bill A.3525 (Rosenthal) / S.3835 (LaValle) to label GE food in New York.

    Tell state lawmakers to support the labeling of genetically engineered food in New York!

  • Tell USDA: “Coexistence” Isn’t GE Contamination Prevention

    Right now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened a comment period on the so called “coexistence” of organic, conventional and genetically engineered crops, but the problem is that misses the point.   It calls for “farmer education” to prevent GE contamination rather than the need for USDA to establish-mandatory GE contamination prevention measures.  As usual, the agency’s proposal reads like it was written by the biotech industry. Despite acknowledging the very real threat to organic and non-GE farmers of contamination by genetically engineered crops, USDA’s recommendations would make a bad situation even worse.

    Tell USDA that their coexistence proposal isn’t protection, it is forced GE contamination!

  • Arizona, Don't Let Abusers Cover Up Cruelty and Food Safety Violations

    Americans are increasingly concerned about animal abuse and food safety violations on factory farms revealed by concerned employees or animal advocates. But instead of making sincere efforts at reform, some big meat and dairy companies are pushing bills that punish the whistleblowers!

    A dangerous new bill was just introduced in the Arizona legislature that would punish whistleblowers who expose animal abuse and food safety violations on factory farms. The bill, HB 2587, would also significantly weaken the animal welfare protections for farm animals. The effect of these “ag-gag” laws is that environmental, animal welfare and health violations go unreported, covered up, and the state does not discover them until it is too late. Citizen involvement in this process is necessary to ensure that healthy and humane agricultural practices exist.
     
    Your state lawmakers need to hear from you that you oppose laws that favor industrial agriculture at the expense of public health, the environment, and animal welfare!

  • Idaho, Don't Let Abusers Cover Up Cruelty and Food Safety Violations

    Americans are increasingly concerned about animal abuse and food safety violations on factory farms revealed by concerned employees or animal advocates. But instead of making sincere efforts at reform, some big meat and dairy companies are pushing bills that punish the whistleblowers!

    A dangerous new bill was just introduced in the Idaho legislature that would punish whistleblowers who expose animal abuse and food safety violations on factory farms. The bill, S. 1337, would also significantly weaken the animal welfare protections for farm animals. The effect of these “ag-gag” laws is that environmental, animal welfare and health violations go unreported, covered up, and the state does not discover them until it is too late. Citizen involvement in this process is necessary to ensure that healthy and humane agricultural practices exist.

    Your state lawmakers need to hear from you that you oppose laws that favor industrial agriculture at the expense of public health, the environment, and animal welfare!

  • Tell the State Legislature to Label GE Foods in Hawai'i

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods we purchase and feed our families.
     
    A new poll just released in the Honolulu Star Advertiser showed that three-quarters of voters interviewed in a new Hawai'i Poll want the state Legislature to pass a law requiring that all food from genetically modified organisms sold in Hawai'i carry labels. [1] In 2013, more than 50 labeling bills were introduced in 26 states—and Connecticut and Maine became the first states to pass labeling legislation. GE foods are required to be labeled in 64 countries around the world [2].

    Thanks to public pressure, the GE labeling bill passed out of the Senate Health committee. But we need your help to ensure that it keeps moving!

    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, we are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. That’s why SB 2521 is so important.

    Tell the state legislature to support the labeling of genetically engineered food in Hawai'i!

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    1. DePledge, D. (18 February, 2014). Honolulu Star Advertiser, "Labeling for GMO food garners broad support," http://www.staradvertiser.com/s?action=login&f=y&id=245928541

    2. http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/ge-map 

  • Support the Maryland GE Labeling Bill

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods we purchase and feed our families.

    A poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of GE foods. Yet, the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling! GE foods are required to be labeled in 64 countries around the world1. In 2013, more than 50 labeling bills were introduced in 26 states—and Connecticut and Maine became the first states to pass labeling legislation.

    Maryland can be a leader in making sure genetically engineered foods are labeled. 

    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. That’s why Senator Montgomery and Representative Kelly have introduced SB0778 and HB1191 to label GE food in Maryland.

    Tell the state legislature to support the labeling of genetically engineered food in Maryland!

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    1. http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/ge-map

  • Tell the USDA to Stop Dow Chemical’s "Agent Orange" Crops

    Dow Chemical, the same company that brought us Dursban, Napalm, and Agent Orange, is now in the food business and is pushing for an unprecedented government approval:  genetically engineered (GE) versions of corn and soybeans that are designed to survive repeated dousing with 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange.

    Agent Orange was the chemical defoliant used by the U.S. in Vietnam, and it caused lasting environmental damage as well as many serious medical conditions in both American veterans and the Vietnamese.

    USDA has just released its draft environmental impact statement and announced a 45-day public comment period on these new crops. Tell USDA and President Obama to reject Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” crops!

  • Stop Hawaii’s “Monsanto Protection Act”

    As a direct result of our victories in Kauai and Hawaii improving regulation of pesticides and GE crops, some Hawaii state lawmakers have now introduced a bill (HB 2506 / SB 3058) which would take away the rights of all Hawaii counties to regulate their local agriculture.  If this bill becomes law, all local control of agricultural would be removed – replaced by a “one size fits all” policy dictated by the state.  This bill, like similar bills introduced in several other states, is a thinly veiled attempt by the chemical companies to silence concerns over genetically engineered (GE) foods and pesticides, and gut all county efforts at addressing the growing of GE crops and their accompanying pesticides.

    We’ve beaten similar bills before, and we can beat this one, too--but your state lawmakers need to hear from you!

    Local oversight such as county ordinances have been instrumental in restricting GE crops in Hawaii and other states.  Numerous counties and cities in California, Hawaii, Washington, and Maine have already adopted ordinances to ban or limit the growing of GE crops in their counties.  But HB 2506 /SB 3058 would give exclusive power over agriculture to the state, preempting local authority.  This would make it impossible to establish local restrictions or prohibitions on genetically engineered crops grown in Hawaii, or the spraying of pesticides. This bill would also affect local control of agriculture well beyond the scope of pesticides and GMOs. Counties also regulate grading and grubbing that impacts agriculture, storm run-off into streams, as well as property taxes and zoning that affect agriculture. It is a short-sighted bill and will have far-reaching consequences.

    The bill was mainly prompted by a 2013 Kauai County law that regulates pesticide use, and a 2013 Hawaii County law that bans the cultivation of new GE crops on the Big Island.  The bill would eliminate the Kauai and Hawaii Island laws, and would preclude other counties from ever taking any similar action to regulate pesticides or GE crops.

    Hawaii has numerous county ordinances that would be eliminated if this bill passed, including:

    •    In 2008, the Hawaii County Council banned the cultivation of genetically modified coffee and taro.

    •    In October 2013, the Kauai County Council passed Bill 2491, which requires companies to report and publicly disclose the pesticides used on the island.  Through the imposition of buffer zones, the bill prevents all pesticide use near schools, medical facilities, parks, and waterways that flow into the ocean, and calls for the County to prepare a detailed analysis of the numerous environmental and health impacts of pesticides and GE crops. 

    •    On the Big Island, Bill 113 was signed into law in December 2013, banning the growing of any new genetically altered crops.
    If passed, HB 2506 / SB 3058 would eliminate these and other laws, effectively handing all decisions over agriculture to the state in order to protect chemical company interests.

    Tell state lawmakers to reject this undemocratic bill!

  • Don’t Let the Big Food Lobby Block State Labeling

    On the heels of the passage of mandatory genetically engineered (GE) food labeling bills in Connecticut and Maine, and the narrow defeat of the labeling bill in Washington State, the big food and chemical companies are going on offense. As Center for Food Safety reported last week [1], according to a draft bill outline leaked by Politico, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is proposing a federal voluntary labeling bill that would block states from passing meaningful mandatory labeling bills, redefine GE food as “safe” and even allow GE foods to be labeled as “natural.” [2]

    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. There is overwhelming public demand—consistently near 95%—for the labeling of GE foods.  Yet the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling; sixty-four countries have mandatory labeling policies for GE foods including South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, South Africa, Australia, the entire European Union, among others. In 2013, over 50 GE labeling bills were introduced in 26 states, including Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont, with many more expected.

    Action has already been taken at the federal level this legislative session: Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) have introduced legislation that would require nationwide, mandatory labeling of GE products.

    So why would anyone introduce another GE food labeling bill? Because industry will do whatever it takes to make sure you don’t have the right to know whether the food you’re buying is genetically engineered. Voluntary labeling of GE foods has been allowed by FDA for more than a decade and not a single company has “volunteered” to label its products as containing GE food. There is no reason to think they will do so now, when there is more support for mandatory labeling of GE food than there ever has been.

    The introduction of this bill would only serve to undermine state and federal legislation meant to grant consumers the right to know and avoid GE foods. Attacking state labeling laws does nothing to address the increasing call from consumers for transparent GE food labeling. Instead, it gives the biotech and food industries yet another free pass and keeps consumers in the dark.

    Tell Congress to oppose the GMA bill that would block state GE food labeling, and instead to support the Boxer-DeFazio bill to label GE food.

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    More information:

    1. CFS Press Release: Leaked Document Reveals Big Food Lobby's Plans to Preempt State GMO Labeling (January 7, 2014).
    2. Draft GMA bill outline leaked by Politico (January 7, 2014).

  • Stop Dow Chemical’s "Agent Orange" Crops

    Dow Chemical, the same company that brought us Dursban, Napalm, and Agent Orange, is now in the food business and is pushing for an unprecedented government approval:  genetically engineered (GE) versions of corn, soybeans and cotton that are designed to survive repeated dousing with 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange.

    Agent Orange was the chemical defoliant used by the U.S. in Vietnam, and it caused lasting environmental damage as well as many serious medical conditions in both American veterans and the Vietnamese.

    Tell President Obama to stop the approval of Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” crops!

  • Tell Coca-Cola to Stop Funding Anti-Labeling Campaigns

    What do Monsanto and Coke have in common? They’ve both spent millions of dollars to keep you in the dark about the foods you buy.

    After the narrow defeat in Washington, the public learned that Coca-Cola had secretly contributed more than $1.5 million to the campaign against the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the state. Coca-Cola also contributed more than $1.7 million to defeat labeling in California the year before, making the company one of the largest contributors to the defeat of state labeling efforts.

    Sign the petition to tell Coca-Cola to stop funding efforts to block the labeling of genetically engineered foods:

  • Monsanto vs. the Monarchs

    Do you want Monsanto or Monarchs? As the number of migrating Monarchs continues to decline at the expense of Monsanto’s widely used Roundup™ herbicide, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we can’t have both.

    Sign the petition telling the EPA, USDA, and President Obama to protect Monarch butterflies:

  • Corporate interests won in Washington State, but we can win in Washington, D.C.!

    The final votes are nearly in and unfortunately I-522 looks to have been narrowly defeated.  I-522 would have required the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods in Washington State. While late polls showed the Yes on I-522 campaign in the lead, I-522 is now failing by a 3 point margin. While more votes still need to be counted, I-522 is not expected to overcome this deficit in the votes that remain.

    In what became a disappointing replay of last year’s vote on California’s GE labeling bill (Prop 37), big food and chemical companies dumped millions of dollars into defeating the initiative, with a carefully coordinated smear campaign to mislead voters. These out of state companies poured an outrageous $22 million dollars into the “No” campaign in Washington, and a shocking $45 million into the “No” campaign in California last year.

    While corporate interests may have won in Washington State, we can win in Washington, D.C.  Tell Obama and the FDA it’s time to label GE foods nationwide!

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Farm Bill

    Now that the government is back to work in D.C., they are renewing long-stalled efforts to pass a Farm Bill. Conferees from the House and Senate sides have begun reconciling their two versions of the bill, and Congress needs to hear from you to ensure that this Farm Bill protects organic and family farmers, our vital pollinators, consumers and the environment.

    As is typical of behemoth legislation like the Farm Bill, there are both good and bad proposals.

    The Good: Protecting Pollinators
    The House version includes a provision to protect honey bees and other vital pollinators. As we know, over the past decade, there has been an alarming decline in honey bee populations around the world, with many colonies collapsing mysteriously. This phenomenon includes the syndrome known as “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD) and has been linked to a variety of factors, including: pesticides, pathogens, parasites, poor nutrition and habitat loss. The House provision would be a significant step towards ensuring the long-term viability of populations of honey bees, wild bees, and other beneficial pollinators by greatly improving Federal coordination in addressing the dramatic decline of managed and native pollinators as well as directing the government to regularly monitor and report on their health.

    The Bad: Organic Farmers Lose Funding
    The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP), enacted in the 2002 farm bill and reauthorized through the 2008 farm bill, has historically provided organic certification cost share for organic farmers. But the short-term farm bill extension enacted on January 1st of this year failed to fund this important organic program.  No other sector of agriculture was as hard-hit by this funding hiatus as the organic sector, which makes renewed funding for this and other organic programs in this Farm Bill even more critical.
       
    The Ugly: Squashing States’ Rights to Protect Consumers and the Environment
    One of the ugliest provisions up for debate is an intensely controversial House provision originally offered by Representative Steve King that could negate state and local laws regarding agricultural production and manufacturing--even those laws approved overwhelmingly by voters through ballot initiatives or by state legislatures.  King’s provision is so broad that it could block or preempt a wide swath of state laws covering everything from child labor to dangerous pesticides to food safety to alcohol and tobacco products. It is standard practice for states to impose conditions relating to the production or manufacture of agriculture products in order to safeguard their citizens - from state laws regarding use of dangerous pesticides on crops, arsenic in poultry feed or labeling of farm-raised fish to state pollution standards and animal welfare laws restricting practices such as intensive confinement of animals on large factory farms.  Adopting this provision or anything like it would not only be bad policy, it would likely be a poison pill that could derail conference committee negotiations.

    Another ugly House provision would repeal a section of law authorizing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop hazardous imports of seeds treated with pesticides or genetically engineered. This provision could greatly limit EPA’s authority to protect farmers, consumers, and the environment from pesticides that, by virtue of their incorporation into seeds, can find their way into soil, food, waterways, and the environment generally.

    Tell Congress to pass a Farm Bill that protects our organic farmers, pollinators, and our ability to protect public health and the environment.

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Farm Bill

    Now that the government is back to work in D.C., they are renewing long-stalled efforts to pass a Farm Bill. Conferees from the House and Senate sides met yesterday to begin reconciling their two versions of the bill, and Congress needs to hear from you to ensure that this Farm Bill protects organic and family farmers, our vital pollinators, consumers and the environment.

    As is typical of behemoth legislation like the Farm Bill, there are both good and bad proposals.

    The Good: Protecting Pollinators
    The House version includes a provision to protect honey bees and other vital pollinators. As we know, over the past decade, there has been an alarming decline in honey bee populations around the world, with many colonies collapsing mysteriously. This phenomenon includes the syndrome known as “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD) and has been linked to a variety of factors, including: pesticides, pathogens, parasites, poor nutrition and habitat loss. The House provision would be a significant step towards ensuring the long-term viability of populations of honey bees, wild bees, and other beneficial pollinators by greatly improving Federal coordination in addressing the dramatic decline of managed and native pollinators as well as directing the government to regularly monitor and report on their health.

    The Bad: Organic Farmers Lose Funding
    The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP), enacted in the 2002 farm bill and reauthorized through the 2008 farm bill, has historically provided organic certification cost share for organic farmers. But the short-term farm bill extension enacted on January 1st of this year failed to fund this important organic program.  No other sector of agriculture was as hard-hit by this funding hiatus as the organic sector, which makes renewed funding for this and other organic programs in this Farm Bill even more critical.

    Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) may be another victim of Farm Bill negotiations. Consumers overwhelmingly want to know where their food comes from yet agribusiness is doing all it can to eliminate all or at least some parts of COOL. Congress decided in 2008 that Country-of-Origin Labeling should be the law of the land but now a handful of Members want to take that away.
       
    The Ugly: Squashing States’ Rights to Protect Consumers and the Environment
    One of the ugliest provisions up for debate is an intensely controversial House provision originally offered by Representative Steve King that could negate state and local laws regarding agricultural production and manufacturing--even those laws approved overwhelmingly by voters through ballot initiatives or by state legislatures.  King’s provision is so broad that it could block or preempt a wide swath of state laws covering everything from child labor to dangerous pesticides to food safety to alcohol and tobacco products. It is standard practice for states to impose conditions relating to the production or manufacture of agriculture products in order to safeguard their citizens - from state laws regarding use of dangerous pesticides on crops, arsenic in poultry feed or labeling of farm-raised fish to state pollution standards and animal welfare laws restricting practices such as intensive confinement of animals on large factory farms.  Adopting this provision or anything like it would not only be bad policy, it would likely be a poison pill that could derail conference committee negotiations.

    Congress may also be faced with provisions to weaken or preempt the rights of states to pass and implement laws mandating labeling of genetically engineered foods.

    Another ugly House provision would repeal a section of law authorizing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop hazardous imports of seeds treated with pesticides or genetically engineered. This provision could greatly limit EPA’s authority to protect farmers, consumers, and the environment from pesticides that, by virtue of their incorporation into seeds, can find their way into soil, food, waterways, and the environment generally.

    Tell Congress to pass a Farm Bill that protects our organic farmers, pollinators, and our ability to protect public health, consumer right-to-know, and the environment.

  • Victory! Thank the Kauai County Council for Putting People Over Pesticide and Biotech Companies

    In another victory for the food movement, yesterday, the Kaua‘i County Council passed a law that would create a new system to protect the public from pesticide exposure and assess the risks stemming from the use of pesticides and the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops. 


    Sign our thank you card to the Kaua’i County Council:

  • And the award goes to…Monsanto?

    This year’s World Food Prize—a prize dedicated to furthering a “nutritious and sustainable food supply”—will be awarded to top executives at Monsanto and Syngenta for creating GE crops. GE crops are about feeding the profits of biotech giants, not the world’s hungry.

    Sign our petition to the World Food Prize Foundation!

  • Urge New Jersey Lawmakers to Protect Pigs from Extreme Confinement

    Outraged by the inherent cruelty of immobilizing pigs in gestation crates - crates so small the pregnant sows confined in them can’t even turn around - Sen. Raymond Lesniak backed a bill to ban gestation crates in New Jersey earlier this year. That bill, S.1921, overwhelmingly passed the state legislature with bipartisan support. But agricultural interest groups succeeded in pressuring Christie's office to veto this important animal welfare bill.

    The good news is we can still make these inhumane crates illegal by asking lawmakers to finish the job and override Christie’s veto!

    Many of today’s farms are actually large industrial facilities, not family farms with green pastures and red barns that most Americans imagine. Factory farms pack hundreds, thousands, and sometimes millions of pigs into unsanitary, inhumane and unsafe conditions, damaging our environment, our public health and our economy.
     
    Gestation crates are one of the most inhumane features of factory hog farms.  According to the Humane Society, the typical gestation crate is about 6 feet long by 2 feet wide—hardly enough room for a sow that can grow to be 600 pounds. These pigs—some of the smartest animals on the planet—are forced to spend their pregnancies, sometimes virtually their entire lives, in these tiny metal crates, standing on concrete. That is no way to treat an animal. The legislation passed in New Jersey this year, S.1921, simply required that pigs used for breeding be able to at least stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their limbs.

    New Jersey voters are not alone in their support for a ban on gestation crates. Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island and the entire European Union have passed legislation to outlaw gestation crates. Additionally, McDonald’s, Costco, Safeway, Kroger, Oscar Mayer and more than 60 other leading food companies have announced plans to eliminate gestation crates from their supply chains. A statewide survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research revealed 91 percent of New Jersey voters support the legislation, and more than 100 New Jersey-based veterinarians signed on to a letter expressing support for A.3250/S.1921. Even Martha Stewart has urged lawmakers to override Christie’s outrageous veto. By vetoing this bill, Governor Christie threatens to plunge New Jersey into the dark ages.

    Urge state lawmakers to stand with the 91% of the state that supported the passage of S.1921 by voting yes for S.1921 when it comes up for an override vote!

  • Thank You Senator Mikulski!

    After more than a year of fighting the biotech rider, dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act,” Senator Mikulski (D-MD) announced she was striking it from both the short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government for the next 3 months, and that it is not in either the House or Senate 2014 appropriations bills! This is a huge victory—and it’s yours!

    We also owe a big thanks to Senator Mikulski for her leadership on this issue.  She promised us that she would not let the Monsanto Protection Act live past its September 30th expiration date, and she has delivered on her promise!

    Join us in thanking Senator Mikulski. Add your name to our thank you card! We'll deliver the card to her along with your warm thanks.

  • Putting the cart before the horse on organic fish

    For over a decade, the National Organic Program (NOP) has solicited public input regarding what organic fish farms (aquaculture) should entail.  Center for Food Safety has been clear in its expectations of organic fish farming.  We absolutely oppose allowing aquaculture in open ocean-based facilities because escapes into the wild are inevitable and farmed fish can carry diseases and parasites that would disrupt the ocean ecology near the facility.  Migratory fish, such as salmon, should be prohibited in fish farms because caging salmon severely inhibits their natural behavior of swimming long distances to spawn in inland waters.
     
    It is clear that not every form or method of fish farming should be considered “organic.”  The public has submitted tens of thousands of comments urging the NOP to create organic aquaculture regulations that reflect the principles of organic. Unfortunately, the NOP has yet to respond to our call, and has not issued final rules.  Now, those wanting to develop the organic fish farming industry have requested the approval of synthetic feed additives to move the process along.

    Acting on these requests for feed additives before regulations governing organic fish farming are in place puts the cart before the horse.  The type of feed to be permitted in organic aquaculture cannot possibly be determined without knowing whether the system is open or closed or what types of fish are permitted. Without that information, it’s also impossible to determine the environmental impacts of any feed additives.
     
    Sign the petition to tell the NOSB to wait until regulations have been finalized before voting to permit or deny any requests for the use of synthetic materials in organic aquaculture systems.

    Petition text:

  • Don’t Let the Big Food Lobby Block State Labeling

    On the heels of the passage of mandatory genetically engineered (GE) food labeling bills in Connecticut and Maine, and the narrow defeat of the labeling bill in Washington State, the big food and chemical companies are going on offense. As Center for Food Safety reported last week [1], according to a draft bill outline leaked by Politico, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is shopping a Federal voluntary labeling bill in Congress that would block states from passing meaningful mandatory labeling bills, redefine GE food as “safe” and even allow GE foods to be labeled as “natural.” [2]

    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. There is overwhelming public demand—consistently near 95%—for the labeling of GE foods.  Yet the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling; sixty-four countries have mandatory labeling policies for GE foods including South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, South Africa, Australia, the entire European Union, among others. In 2013, over 50 GE labeling bills were introduced in 26 states, including Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont, with many more expected.

    Action has already been taken at the federal level this legislative session: Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) have introduced legislation that would require nationwide, mandatory labeling of GE products.

    So why would anyone introduce another GE food labeling bill? Because industry will do whatever it takes to make sure you don’t have the right to know whether the food you’re buying is genetically engineered. Voluntary labeling of GE foods has been allowed by FDA for more than a decade and not a single company has “volunteered” to label its products as containing GE food. There is no reason to think they will do so now, when there is more support for mandatory labeling of GE food than there ever has been.

    The introduction of this bill would only serve to undermine state and federal legislation meant to grant consumers the right to know and avoid GE foods. Attacking state labeling laws does nothing to address the increasing call from consumers for transparent GE food labeling. Instead, it gives the biotech and food industries yet another free pass and keeps consumers in the dark.

    Tell Congress to oppose the GMA bill that would block state GE food labeling, and instead to support the Boxer-DeFazio bill to label GE food.

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    More information:

    1. CFS Press Release: Leaked Document Reveals Big Food Lobby's Plans to Preempt State GMO Labeling (January 7, 2014).
    2. Draft GMA bill outline leaked by Politico (January 7, 2014).

  • Tell the National Organic Standards Board to End the Use of Antibiotics in Organic Apple and Pear Production

    In April, we urged you to sign our petition to end tetracycline use in organic apple and pear orchards—and thanks to your action, we won.  With your help, we convinced the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to stop the use of this antibiotic in 2014.  But, there’s one more antibiotic that some organic apple and pear farmers still use – streptomycin. 

    Like tetracycline, streptomycin is sprayed to prevent the spread of fire blight, a disease that can damage organic apple and pear orchards.  Resistance to streptomycin is already widespread in apple and pear orchards around the country.  In fact, residues of the drug have been found in apples from orchards sprayed with the antibiotic

    Streptomycin is commonly used to treat human and animal infections, and its use in organic production undermines the ability of antibiotics to treat human infections. Given the mounting evidence of antibiotic resistance, the time is ripe to prohibit all antibiotics in organic once and for all.  

    Tell the NOSB that enough is enough—antibiotic drugs have no place in organic production, and the use of streptomycin must come to an end.

     

  • Oregon Legislators Sneak SB 633 into Tax and Pension Bill

    SB 633, the preemption bill that would have stripped the rights of Oregon counties to control their local agriculture, has reportedly been quietly inserted into a  complicated tax and pension package currently under consideration by state legislators. This bill was aimed at blocking local communities from setting food and agriculture policies, including requiring labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods and other policies related to GE crops. According to the Oregonian, legislative leadership have included a new version of the policy from SB 633 “as a bargaining chip” to pass the tax and pension package [1].
     
    Our legislators should not be bargaining away our rights in order to appease each other. Stop the inclusion of this bill NOW by contacting your state legislators and the Governor to voice your opposition to the inclusion of SB 633 in any tax and pension reform package.

    If the policies from SB 633 become law in this tax bill, all local control of agricultural seed and seed products could be removed – replaced by a “one size fits all” policy dictated by the state. This bill is a thinly veiled attempt by the chemical companies to silence concerns over genetically engineered foods and gut all county efforts at addressing the growing of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

    Jackson county voters succeeded in putting a measure to ban the growth of GE crops on the May 2014 ballot. While Jackson County may be exempted from SB 633, the proposed law would preempt all planned and future similar initiatives in other Oregon counties. Oregon citizens deserve to have their voices respected. The policies in SB 633 do nothing to protect local sustainable agriculture. Instead it takes away the rights of citizens to protect their food sovereignty.

    Local policies such as the Jackson County measure have been instrumental in eliminating GE crops in other states.  Several counties and cities in California, Hawaii, Washington, and Maine have already adopted policies to ban the growing of GE crops in their counties. Oregon counties should be allowed the same level of local control as these other states. But the policies in Senate Bill 633, would strip counties in Oregon of their abilities to craft appropriate county-wide seed policies, instead giving exclusive regulatory power over seeds, and products of agricultural seed, to the state, preempting local authority. This could make it impossible to establish local policies which put restrictions or prohibitions on genetically engineered crops.

    Your state legislators and the Governor need to hear your strong opposition to the inclusion of SB 633 now!

    You can read the original bill language here

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    [1] http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/09/inclusion_of_gmo_crop_policy_i.html#incart_river_default

  • BREAKING NEWS! Senate Could Strike the “Monsanto Protection Act” - Contact Your Senators Today!
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    Thanks to your calls and emails, and the leadership in the Senate, today Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, will propose an alternative short term government funding bill that would repeal the “farmer assurance provision,” otherwise known as the “Monsanto Protection Act.”[1]

    The Continuing Resolution, passed by the House last week, would fund the federal government beyond the current deadline of September 30, 2013, but the House also extended a controversial policy rider that would guarantee the ability of agrichemical companies to continue selling genetically engineered (GE) seeds even if a federal court declared them unlawful. Senator Mikulski’s alternative bill would strip the controversial provision before sending the bill back to the House for final approval.

    Though wrapped in a “farmer-friendly” package, the Monsanto-driven rider remains simply a biotech industry ploy to continue to plant GE crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally.

    The rider is intended to force USDA to allow GE crops to be planted even if a Federal court rules that USDA hadn’t adequately considered the environmental or economic risks to farmers. This would negate any meaningful judicial review of USDA’s decisions to allow commercialization of GE crops. If a GE crop approval was shown to violate the law and require further analysis of its harmful impacts (as several courts have concluded in recent years in our cases) this provision could override any court-mandated caution and could instead allow continued planting. Further, it forces USDA to approve permits for such continued planting immediately, putting industry completely in charge by allowing for a “back door approval” mechanism.

    Tell your Senators to support Senator Mikulski’s move to remove this agribusiness give-away from the continuing resolution!

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    1. "Senate CR to strip Monsanto rider," Politico, 9/24/13;  “Chairman Mikulski Seeks to End "Monsanto Protection Act," Center for Food Safety press release, 9/24/13.

  • Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to Drop Plants Treated with Bee-Toxic Pesticides

    Bees are essential for one out of every three bites of food we eat.  But they are being wiped out by the indiscriminant use of bee-toxic pesticides called neonicotinoids, or “neonics.” These neonics are everywhere -- in commercial agriculture, on the shelf of your local garden stores, and as it turns out -- even in the plants and seeds we buy from nurseries, with no warning to the consumer.

    Many “bee friendly” home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other leading garden centers have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees.

    Leading home and garden stores in Europe have already taken neonics off the shelves–it’s time for Home Depot and Lowe’s to do the same. While pesticides like neonics may not be the only factor in bee die offs, they are a significant factor, and one that we can do something about.

    Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to rid their stores of bee-toxic pesticides, seeds and garden plants!

  • Tell EPA to step up and protect bees!

    Honey bees are responsible for producing 1/3 of our food but they are being wiped out by the indiscriminate use of toxic pesticides called neonicotinoids.  It is the job of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect our environment – this includes bees and other pollinators. Right now, EPA is failing to do its job. In fact, EPA won’t even finish reviewing the use of these chemicals for another four years!  But bees can’t wait another four years, and neither can we.

    On Thursday, March 20th, Center for Food Safety and our allies will deliver this petition to Gina McCarthy at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Sign the petition today so we can deliver YOUR signature to Administrator McCarthy!

  • Tell Kroger: I don’t want genetically engineered fish!

    In March, Center for Food Safety worked with Friends of the Earth and other partners to launch the Campaign for Genetically Engineered-Free Seafood, and it’s already a huge success! Major grocery stores, such as Target, Aldi, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Giant Eagle, and Meijer have committed not to sell genetically engineered (GE) salmon or other GE fish.

    Now we are asking Kroger, the nation’s largest conventional grocery store chain*, to follow suit.

    The Food and Drug Administration has stated that it won’t likely require grocery stores to label genetically engineered fish, leaving consumers with no way of avoiding them unless supermarkets like Kroger make clear to consumers their policies against selling genetically engineered seafood.

    *Kroger owns supermarkets in 31 states, including Kroger, Fred Meyer, Ralph's, King Soopers, Food 4 Less, Baker's Supermarkets, City Market, Dillons Food Stores, Fry's Food & Drug, Gerbes Super Markets, Jay C, Owen's, Pay Less Super Markets, QFC, Scott's, Smith's, Foods Co. and Ruler Foods.

  • Tell Congress to Suspend Bee-Toxic Pesticides

    On December 2, 2013, the European Union officially began its two-year moratorium on three of the worst neonicotinoid pesticides (“neonics” for short) in order to protect bees and other pollinators.  Even though the EU has taken the much needed step of curbing the use of neonics, U.S. regulatory agencies have yet to step up to the plate and take the actions needed to protect pollinators.

    Thankfully, Representatives John Conyers (D, MI) and Earl Blumenauer (D, OR) have introduced the Saving America's Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692), calling for the suspension of neonics until a full review of scientific evidence indicates they are safe and a field study demonstrates no harmful impacts to pollinators.

    Neonics are the most widely used insecticides in the world, and exposure to neonics has become a key culprit in bee population losses. Last June, 50,000 bumblebees were killed in a parking lot in Oregon by these very chemicals. Soon after, the state of Oregon moved forward and suspended the use of two neonics linked to these massive bee losses. Eugene, OR later became the first city in the U.S. to ban the use of neonics on city property.

    We need to take swift action by suspending the use of these chemicals across the U.S. until proven safe to our critical pollinators. The Saving America's Pollinators Act seeks to do precisely that.

    Tell your Representative to support the Save America's Pollinators Act and protect our bees!

    Read H.R. 2692 here

    Check out save-bees.org to take more action!

  • Tell Congress to Protect Organic Farmers and Honey Bees in the Farm Bill!

    This week the House of Representatives will begin debate on its Farm Bill and there are a number of possible amendments we have our eye on this year pertaining to genetically engineered crops, the protection of pollinators, and supporting organic farming.

    Stop GE Crop Contamination
    Just recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that unapproved, genetically engineered (GE) wheat was found to have contaminated an Oregon farmer’s field.  The GE wheat, known as Roundup Ready, was developed by the Monsanto Company to withstand direct application of Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide.

    The Oregon wheat incident was not the first time a GE field trial has had serious consequences for farmers, and unless Congress does something about it, it won’t be the last.  This incident underscores why stronger regulation is long overdue.

    Center for Food Safety is calling on Congress to use the Farm Bill as an opportunity to improve the oversight of GE field trials and protect farmers and the environment from future contamination incidents. 

    Protect Pollinators
    Over the past decade, honey bees and other pollinators have been suffering record-high population losses. Given that one in every three bites of food is reliant on bees and other species for pollination, the decline of pollinators demands swift action; our agricultural economy, food supply and environment depend on their well-being.

    Support Organic
    Center for Food Safety is a strong supporter of organic agriculture.  Unfortunately, a number of vital organic programs that received full funding in the Senate Farm Bill are currently not funded in the House Farm Bill.  We urge you to tell your Representatives that now is the time to advocate for sustainable, organic farming!

    The challenges we face will not be resolved unless we invest in agriculture that protects and enhances our future – not destroy it. 

    Amendments to the House Farm Bill are being discussed now, so please take action today!

  • New York Bill to Label GE Foods Urgently Needs Your Support!

    New York’s bill to label genetically engineered food, A3525-A, was recently voted down in the Consumer Protection Committee.  Unfortunately, Assemblymember Hennessey committed his support only to ABSTAIN from the vote in committee at the last minute.  Please e-mail Assemblymember Edward Hennessey TODAY and ask him to commit to voting YES on A3525-A if it comes up again for a vote in committee.  If we are able to get his vote, the committee may take the vote again and the bill will have a chance at moving through the legislature.

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions.  Under current FDA policy, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods we purchase and feed our families.

    Just this week, Connecticut became the first state in the country to pass a bill to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.  And New York could easily follow in its footsteps.  But the bill— A3525-A —recently failed in the Consumer Protection Committee by just two votes.

    A poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of GE foods.  Yet, the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling!  GE foods are required to be labeled in 64 countries around the world.

    New York can be a leader in making sure genetically engineered foods are labeled, but the Assembly must act on the bill.

    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, New York consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families.  That’s why 26 states have introduced GE food labeling bills this year.

    Tell Assemblymember Hennessey to support the bill to label genetically engineered food in New York!

  • New York Bill to Label GE Foods Urgently Needs Your Support!

    New York’s bill to label GE food, A3525-A, was recently voted down in the Consumer Protection Committee. Unfortunately, Assemblymember Gabryszak, who is a co-sponsor of the bill, committed his support only to vote NO in committee at the last minute.  Please e-mail Assemblymember Dennis Gabryszak TODAY and ask him to commit to voting YES on A3525-A if it comes up again for a vote in committee.  If we are able to get his vote, the committee may take the vote again and the bill will have a chance at moving through the legislature.

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions.  Under current FDA policy, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods we purchase and feed our families.

    Just this week, Connecticut became the first state in the country to pass a bill to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.  And New York could easily follow in its footsteps.  But the bill— A3525-A —recently failed in the Consumer Protection Committee by just two votes.

    A poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of GE foods.  Yet, the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling!  GE foods are required to be labeled in 64 countries around the world.

    New York can be a leader in making sure genetically engineered foods are labeled, but the Assembly must act on the bill.

    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, New York consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families.  That’s why 26 states have introduced GE food labeling bills this year.

    Tell Assemblymember Gabryszak to support the bill to label genetically engineered food in New York!

  • Stop GE Crop Field Trials

    USDA has once again failed to protect farmers and the food supply from GE crop contamination.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced late last week that unapproved, genetically engineered (GE) wheat was found contaminating an Oregon farmer’s field.  The GE wheat, known as Roundup Ready, was developed by the Monsanto Company to withstand direct application of Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide.

    This incident underscores why stronger regulation is long overdue. 

    Congress needs to investigate how this occurred and determine the prevalence of contamination.  Until then, USDA, at a minimum, should immediately place a moratorium on open-air field testing of genetically engineered crops.

    As we’ve warned for over a decade, GE crops simply can’t be controlled once they’re released into the environment.
    The fact is that environmental contamination is inevitable when companies like Monsanto are allowed to experiment with nature and our food supply.

    Sadly, this is not the first case of experimental GE crops escaping from field trials. Past transgenic contamination episodes involving GE corn and GE rice triggered over $1 billion in losses and economic hardship to farmers. Already Japan and South Korea have suspended imports of U.S. wheat because if this contamination.
     
    USDA has a terrible track record overseeing these field trials. With your support, CFS has sued USDA over past field trial failures in Hawaii and Oregon—and won. We’ve even forced USDA to publicly admit new field trial contamination incidents, like this one, that they otherwise tried to keep secret.
     
    Even the USDA’s own Inspector General issued a scathing report detailing numerous violations of agency rules in regulating genetically engineered crop field trials.  USDA officials did not know the locations of many field trials it was charged with regulating, and did not conduct required inspections of others.

    How many times does this have to happen before we finally put a stop to these risky GE field trials?

    Tell Congress, President Obama and the USDA to stop all open-air field trials of GE crops!

  • Support the Pollinator Protection Amendment to the Senate Farm Bill

    June 3rd Congress comes back from recess and the Senate will resume debates on the Farm Bill.  While there are a number of possible amendments we have our eye on this year, especially those pertaining to the labeling of genetically engineered food, support for organic farmers, and a repeal of the “Monsanto Protection Act,” there’s one amendment in particular that we’re expecting to receive a ton of buzz: Senator Boxer’s pollinator protection amendment.

    Over the past decade, honey bees and other pollinators have been suffering record-high population losses. Given that one in every three bites of food is reliant on bees and other species for pollination, the decline of pollinators demands swift action; our agricultural economy, food supply and environment depend on their well-being. Thankfully, Senator Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) introduction of amendment 1027 to the Farm Bill would be a step in the right direction towards protecting honey bees and other pollinators if passed.

    What exactly would this amendment require the government to do?

    Amendment 1027 would help to ensure the long-term viability of populations of honey bees, wild bees, and other beneficial insects through several initiatives, including:

    • Establishing an inter-agency dialogue about pollinator health between the Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency
    • Creating a task force on bee health and commercial beekeeping
    • Directing the government to regularly monitor and report on health and population status of pollinators (including bees, birds, bats, and other species)
    • Compelling agencies to utilize the best available peer-reviewed science on environmental and chemical stressors to pollinators, including international efforts addressing pollinator declines
    • Assessing the feasibility for new public bee research labs

    While the Farm Bill debates continue to be a rollercoaster of upsets and victories for small farmers, conservation groups and other stakeholders, it is important to remember that this five-year bill affects all of us, and all of us will be affected by the devastating pollinator losses plaguing our nation.  It is crucial that we take whatever steps we can, however small they may be, to work towards protecting these critical species and our future food security.

    The Senate will resume voting on amendments next week, so please take action today and urge your Senator to support the Pollinator Protection Amendment!

  • Take Action For A Fair Food and Farm Bill

    The Senate has begun debate this week on amendments to the Farm Bill. Tell Congress to Repeal the “Monsanto Protection Act” and Support Pro-Farmer, Pro-Environment, and Pro-Consumer Amendments!

    As you know, the Farm Bill has historically given large bailouts to agribusiness companies and the country’s largest industrial farms at the expense of consumers, family farms, and the environment. However, a number of amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill have been offered that would support labeling of genetically engineered food, support organic farmers, repeal the “Monsanto Protection Act,” protect honey bees and other pollinators, and so much more.

    There are five amendments in the Senate Farm Bill supporting labeling and oversight of genetically engineered food and crops:

    1.    Senator Boxer (D-California) introduced an amendment in support of mandatory GMO labeling (#1025) as well as her amendment requesting that FDA and USDA study the 64 countries around the world that already require GMO labeling (#1026).

    2.    Senator Begich (D-Alaska) introduced an amendment (# 934) to ban the sale of genetically engineered salmon until Federal wildlife agencies are properly consulted and find that GE salmon pose no environmental risk.

    3.    Senator Tester (D-Montana) introduced an amendment to reinvigorate public plant and animal breeding, which has hit an all-time low because of private sector assaults from companies like Monsanto.

    4.    Senator Merkley (D-Oregon) introduced an amendment (#978) to repeal the "Monsanto Protection Act" provision in the 2013 government spending bill that attacked judicial oversight of genetically engineered crops.

    Senator Boxer (D-California) has also introduced an amendment to protect honey bees and native pollinators (#1027), which declined by over 45% last winter as a result of pesticides and industrial agriculture, and Senators Leahy (D-Vermont) and Cowan’s (D-Massachusetts) EQIP Organic Initiative amendment would eliminate the separate payment limit in EQIP for farmers participating in the Organic Initiative so that all farmers are subject to the same payment limitations in EQIP.

    The Farm Bill is a 5-year bill that affects all of us. It is crucial that we pass a Farm bill that is protective of the environment, consumers, and organic and family farmers—not just protective of big agribusiness. The Senate is voting on amendments this week, so please take action today!

    Tell your Senators to Support GE Food Labeling, Pollinator Protection and Organic Farming in the Farm Bill!

  • Tell the Senate to REPEAL the "Monsanto Protection Act" in the Farm Bill

    The Senate will begin debate of the Farm Bill this week. Tell Congress to Repeal the “Monsanto Protection Act!”

    Last week both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees passed their draft versions of the 2013 Farm Bill. This week, the full Senate will begin debate about amendments to its version.


    Despite receiving calls and emails from hundreds of thousands of you opposing the “Monsanto Protection Act,” the industry-driven policy rider was included in the 6-month government spending bill. Since its passage, even Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Mikulski released a statement asserting her opposition to the “biotech rider.”

    In response, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) announced that he will offer an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill to repeal the rider.

    Tell your Senators to support the Merkley amendment in the Farm Bill!

  • New York Bill to Label GE Foods Needs Your Support!

    New York’s bill to label genetically engineered food, S3835, is stuck in the Consumer Protection Committee and must be passed through soon or it will die before making it to a floor vote. Urge the Consumer Protection Committee members to pass S3835 to label GE food!

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions.  Under current FDA policy, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods we purchase and feed our families.

    New York could be the first state in the country to pass a bill to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.  But the bill—S3835—is stuck in the Consumer Protection Committee. If they don’t pass the bill through soon it could die before even reaching the Senate floor for a full vote. Tell the members of the Consumer Protection Committee to move the bill!

    A poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of GE foods.  Yet, the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling!  GE foods are required to be labeled in 64 countries around the world.

    New York can be a leader in making sure genetically engineered foods are labeled, but the Senate must act on the bill.


    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, New York consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families.  That’s why 26 states have introduced GE food labeling bills this year.

    Tell the Consumer Protection Committee to support the bill to label genetically engineered food in New York!

  • Tell Congress to Protect Public Health, Not Factory Farms

    Antibiotic resistance is a real, growing problem. Infections that were easily treated with antibiotics 50 years ago can now result in serious illness and even death. The routine feeding of antibiotics to food animals creates drug-resistant superbugs, which can spread to humans by eating meat, poultry, and eggs, and through environmental exposure.

    To sustain itself, the factory farm system demands an extraordinary use of pharmaceuticals.  Factory farms rely on antibiotics, antimicrobials, and other drugs to accelerate animal growth rates and prevent them from getting sick while housed by the thousands in cramped conditions ripe for breeding disease.
     
    Tell Congress to Protect Public Health, Not Factory Farms

    The overuse of these pharmaceuticals greatly compromises public health, as their consistent use in livestock selects for antibiotic-resistant superbugs that are infecting humans at an alarming rate. In human medicine, antibiotic use is generally confined to treatment of illness. Yet, an estimated 70 percent of antibiotics produced in the United States—nearly 13 million pounds per year, more than four times the amount used to treat illness in people—are used in factory farms for animals that aren’t even sick, without any requirement for veterinary consultation or prescription. Instead, the feed farmers buy often has antibiotics blended right in, or they simply add antibiotics to the water.

    The use of pharmaceuticals artificially props up the factory farm system, facilitating the production of cheap meat and dairy that not only fails to deliver nutritional quality, but in fact puts public health at serious risk.

    There are several bills in Congress right now that could help address this public health crisis. The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) would require FDA to re review certain antibiotic approvals and withdraw approval for those found to cause antibacterial resistance.  The Antimicrobial Data Collection Act would require increased data collection and enhance transparency to increase public awareness of antimicrobial drug use in agriculture.  Finally, the Delivering Antimicrobial Transparency in Animals Act (DATA) would require drug manufacturers and large scale meat producers to collect and provide better information to FDA on the use of antimicrobial drugs in animal feed.

    Tell Congress to keep antibiotics working! Urge your Senators and Representative to support these important bills.

  • Tell Congress to Stop GE Salmon

    The end of April marked the close of the comment period on FDA review of GE salmon, and nearly 2 million people wrote to FDA opposing approval of the fish. Rather than just wait for FDA to make a decision, we’re taking action by urging Congress to pass the PEGASUS Act, which would ban the approval of GE salmon unless it is reviewed and found safe by expert fisheries agencies.

    FDA limited its already minimal environmental review to the local impact of these GE salmon at two isolated locations in Canada and Panama, and based it’s finding of “no significant impact” on the U.S. environment largely on the fact that the fish would not be produced or raised in the U.S.

    But internal documents we uncovered reveal that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has already received applications to import AquAdvantage salmon eggs into the U.S. for commercial production.

    Agency documents further revealed that scientists within the FWS questioned the FDA’s ability and authority to review the impacts of GE salmon, and that they believed a full Environmental Impact Statement should be conducted before making any decision on approval.

    We couldn’t agree more.

    That’s why we’re supporting the PEGASUS Act (the Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States), which would prohibit “the shipment, sale, transportation, purchase, possession, or release in the wild of GE salmon unless the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service complete a full environmental impact statement and find that it will result in no significant impact to the environment.”

    The failure to study the impact of U.S. production has grave consequences for our fisheries and the environment. Each year, an estimated two million salmon escape from open-water net pens into the North Atlantic, outcompeting wild populations for resources and straining ecosystems. Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that even a small release of GE fish could lead to the extinction of wild populations, wreaking havoc on the fishing industry and the natural ecosystem.

    Tell Congress to hold the FDA accountable and protect our health, our environment, and our fisheries from the dangers of genetically engineered salmon by passing PEGASUS!


    More information:

    For more information on the documents uncovered, click here
    More information on PEGASUS, see the text of the Senate bill (S. 246) here, and the announcement of the House bill (H.B. 1667) here

  • NC Bill Threatens Local Authority Over Agriculture

    House Bill 379, an “Act to Clarify the Authority of the Board of Agriculture Over Plants,” is a preemption bill that would strip the rights of North Carolina counties to control their local agriculture. The bill passed through the state House Agriculture Committee last week and is now being considered by the House Committee for the Environment. Stop this bill NOW by contacting your state House representative to oppose HB 379.

    If HB 379 becomes law, all local control of agricultural seed and seed products would be removed – replaced by a “one size fits all” policy dictated by the state. This bill, like similar bills introduced in several other states, is a thinly veiled attempt by the chemical companies to silence concerns over genetically engineered (GE) foods and gut all county efforts at addressing the growing of GE crops. A number of the preemption bills have been introduced since the passage of county restriction on GE crops passed in California; a similar bill was even introduced, and rejected, in North Carolina in 2005.

    We beat a similar bill before, and we can beat it again, but your state House representative needs to hear from you!

    Local policies such as county measures have been instrumental in restricting GE crops in other states.  Several counties and cities in California, Hawaii, Washington, and Maine have already adopted policies to ban the growing of GE crops in their counties. But HB 379 would give exclusive regulatory power over seeds and plants to the state, preempting local authority. This would make it impossible to establish local restrictions or prohibitions on genetically engineered crops grown in North Carolina.

    Tell the state House to reject this undemocratic bill!



    More information:

    1.
    HB 379, an “Act to Clarify the Authority of the Board of Agriculture Over Plants"
    2. Porter, J. (2013, April 17).
    Locals lose control over GMOs in new ag bill.  
    3. General Assembly of North Carolina, Session
    2005, Senate Bill 631 / House Bill 671

  • Take the Pledge to Protect Pollinators!

    Bees and other beneficial pollinators are disappearing at alarming rates. While we may not know the exact cause of the disappearance, we do know that some pesticides are contributing to their decline. We also know there are simple things we can each do to help combat pollinator loss. That’s why we’ve launched the Bee Protective Campaign. By making simple choices—such as avoiding pesticide products that contain neonicotinoids and choosing to plant pollinator-friendly plants to provide bees forage—we can help address this crisis.
     
    Help to protect our honey bees and other pollinators by taking the pledge to protect bees and other beneficial insects.

  • Tell USDA to Reject GE Eucalyptus
  • Tell Congress and Obama to Label GE Food!

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA policy, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families. That’s why Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) have sponsored new federal legislation, The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act, that would require the labeling of all GE foods; the first labeling bill to be introduced in the Senate in over a decade! 

    To date, ten Senators and thirty Representatives have signed on to the bill as original co-sponsors. Now it’s time to push the President and all Senators and Representatives to support the bill!

    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. There is overwhelming public demand—consistently near 95%—for the labeling of GE foods.  Yet the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling; sixty-four countries have mandatory labeling policies for GE foods including Korea South, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, South Africa, Australia, the entire European Union, and many others. Already in 2013, 37 GE labeling bills have been introduced in 21 states, including Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont, with many more expected by year’s end.

    Tell Congress and President Obama that it’s time to finally pass a GE food labeling bill in 2013—Support the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act!

    More Information

    Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mark Begich (D-AK), Jon Tester (D-MT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are cosponsors of the Senate bill.

    Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Peter Welch (D-VT), James Moran (D-VA), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Don Young (R-AK), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), George Miller (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) are cosponsors of the House bill.

    Click here for more information on the bills

  • Tell Oregon Legislators to Oppose SB 633!

    SB 633, the preemption bill that would strip the rights of Oregon counties to control their local agriculture, is back and is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Monday. Stop this bill NOW by contacting your state legislators to voice your opposition to SB 633.

    If SB 633 becomes law, all local control of agricultural seed and seed products would be removed – replaced by a “one size fits all” policy dictated by the state. This bill is a thinly veiled attempt by the chemical companies to silence concerns over genetically engineered foods and gut all county efforts at addressing the growing of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

    Jackson county voters succeeded in putting a measure to ban the growth of GE crops on the May 2014 ballot. SB 633 could preempt this and similar initiatives in other Oregon counties. Oregon citizens deserve to have their voices respected. SB 633 does nothing to protect local sustainable agriculture. Instead it takes away the rights of citizens to protect their food sovereignty.

    Local policies such as the Jackson County measure have been instrumental in eliminating GE crops in other states.  Several counties and cities in California, Hawaii, Washington, and Maine have already adopted policies to ban the growing of GE crops in their counties. Oregon counties should be allowed the same level of local control as these other states. But Senate Bill 633, would strip counties in Oregon of their abilities to craft appropriate county-wide seed policies. SB 633 would give exclusive regulatory power over seeds, and products of agricultural seed, to the state, preempting local authority. This would make it impossible to establish local policies which put restrictions or prohibitions on genetically engineered crops.

    Your state legislators need to hear your strong opposition to SB 633 now!

    You can read the bill here

  • Help Us Kill the "Monsanto Protection Act" For Good

    As you likely know, the biotech rider (which has been dubbed “The Monsanto Protection Act”) passed as part of the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government for the next six months, and was signed into law. Though wrapped in a “farmer-friendly” package, this Monsanto-driven rider is simply a biotech industry ploy to continue to plant GE crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally.

    Thanks to your pressure, Senators Tester, Boxer, Gillibrand, Leahy, Begich and Blumenthal have all spoken out against the rider, as well as other corporate “pork” earmarks, and offered an amendment to strike the rider from the Senate CR.  Despite receiving calls and emails from hundreds of thousands of citizens opposing the industry-driven rider and supporting the amendment to strike it, the amendment was ultimately never voted on. The rider will be alive for the six month duration of the temporary spending bill and we are now working to ensure that this agribusiness handout is not included in any future Appropriations bills.

    While there are no definite fingerprints for whoever is responsible for including the rider, the earmark was allowed under the direction of Senator Barbara Mikulski, the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee (D-MD).  Congress held no hearings on this controversial rider and many Democrats in the Committee were unaware of its presence in the CR.  However, Senator Mikulski later released a statement asserting her opposition to the “biotech rider.” 

    As Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski will ultimately be responsible for the next Senate Appropriations bill, so her opposition is crucial. We urge Senator Mikulski to continue speaking out against this rider and to ensure that it is excluded from any future appropriations bills. Congress is expected to take up FY2014 appropriations bills in the next few months, and we need to make sure this dangerous rider doesn’t get included in them. Let’s keep the pressure on Congress to dump the Monsanto rider!

    Write your Senators and Representative and urge them to keep the biotech rider out of upcoming spending bills.

  • Take the Pledge Not to Serve GE Fish

    Genetically engineered (GE) salmon, the first GE animal meant for human consumption, may soon be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.The experimental fish is in its last stage of review by the agency.

    • Scientific evidence shows that GE fish pose serious consequences to the environment and native fish, including the potential extinction of fish species.
    • There are inadequate scientific studies evaluating the human health risks of eating GE fish.
    • Consumers who wish to support environmentally sustainable fisheries oppose the commercialization of GE fish.

    Since the FDA has stated that it will likely not require GE fish to be labeled, we are reaching out to chefs and restaurants to pledge not to intentionally purchase, serve, or sell genetically engineered fish. CFS will be publishing the list of signers on our website and a downloadable Guide so that consumers can make informed choices and support businesses that reject GE fish.

    Take the Pledge to Avoid GE Fish!

    Please only sign this pledge if you are a chef or restaurant owner. If you are not a chef or restaurant owner, you can sign the petition against GE fish here.

  • Tell the Oregon Legislature to Protect the Willamette Valley from GE Canola



    Until last year, the Willamette Valley was protected from GE canola because no canola was allowed to be grown in the Valley. But last August, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) proposed a rule to allow canola growing in the region, threatening the production of all canola-related seeds and crops, but Center for Food Safety and our allies went to court and successfully stopped it. Now ODA is trying to permit canola planting in the Valley again!

    In response, Oregon House Representatives Gelser, Hoyle, Holvey and Tomei, and Senator Edwards, introduced a bill, H.B. 2427, in the Oregon Legislative Assembly that would restore protections to the Willamette Valley and keep canola out of this unique growing region for good. But time is running out and your voice is needed to get HB 2427 in front of the full Oregon legislature for a vote.

    Last week the House Agriculture Committee heard hours of testimony on HB 2427 and they are currently deliberating on whether to send it to the full Oregon House for a vote. If they don't move the bill forward soon, it will be dead. It is critical they hear from you today.
     
    Tell your Representative that this issue matters, and it deserves a vote!

  • Keep GE Salmon Off Our Tables

    Tell Supermarkets, Food Companies, and Seafood Restaurants to Reject GE Salmon!

    Safeway, Kroger, Target, Giant Eagle, Whole Foods and many other companies have agreed not to sell genetically engineered fish in their stores! But where are Costco, Red Lobster and Gorton's?

    We’ve reached out to the nation’s top grocery stores, seafood companies, and seafood restaurants asking them to commit not to sell genetically engineered fish should it come to market. Some of the biggest grocery stores in the U.S. have already replied, stating that they will not sell genetically engineered salmon in their stores. Together, these supermarkets and restaurants are showing that they care about consumers and sustainable fisheries. But there are a lot more companies yet to sign!


    Sign the petition to urge Supermarkets, Seafood companies and restaurants to take a position not to purchase, sell, or serve GE salmon:

  • Biotech industry-backed bill in Oregon would strip local authority over GE crops

    Tell your state Senator to oppose SB 633!

    Although Washington is getting a lot of buzz on its labeling bill, Oregon is also a hotbed of activity in the fight against genetically engineered (GE) crops. Citizens in Jackson County (in Southern Oregon) have successfully achieved getting a GE crop ban on the May 2014 ballot. Citizens in four other Oregon counties are also hard at work on similar county GE crop bans.

    These local policies have been instrumental in eliminating GE crops in other states.  Several counties and cities in California, Hawaii, Washington, and Maine have already adopted policies to ban the growing of GE crops in their counties. Oregon counties should be allowed the same level of local control as these other states. But local policies such as these are now in jeopardy in Oregon due to a biotech industry-backed bill in the Oregon Senate.

    The bill, Senate Bill 633, would strip counties in Oregon of their abilities to craft appropriate county-wide seed policies. SB 633 would give exclusive regulatory power over seeds, and products of agricultural seed, to the state, preempting local authority. This would make it impossible to establish local policies which put restrictions or prohibitions on genetically engineered crops.

    The bill is being heard in the Senate Committee for Rural Policy and Economic Development on March 12th, so please take action today!

    You can read the bill here

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  • Tell U.S. Pork Producers to Drop Risky Drug Ractopamine

    You may have seen the disturbing stories [1] in the news lately about controversial beta-agonist drugs--like zilpaterol and ractopamine--that are fed to animals to speed their weight gain. 

    Ractopamine, in particular, raises significant food safety and animal welfare concerns for U.S. and international consumers [2].  Unlike the U.S., more than 160 countries – including Russia, China, Taiwan, and the 27 members of the European Union -- ban or strictly limit the use of ractopamine, a drug used widely in animal feed that promotes growth in pigs, cattle, and turkeys.  Ractopamine is linked with serious health and behavioral problems in animals, and while human health studies are limited, those that exist raise serious concerns. 

    While the U.S. has so far refused to join the international community in banning this risky drug in animal feed, the U.S. already has a  certified ractopamine-free program for pork exports to the E.U., and some corporate producers are already operating production plants that are 100% ractopamine-free to meet international demand. Even pork giant Smithfield Foods recently announced that it will stop feeding ractopamine to half its pig herd, a move seen largely as an effort to please the lucrative Chinese market. It is therefore not unreasonable to expect the same for U.S. market as well.  In fact, some U.S. food companies already avoid meat produced with the feed additive, including Chipotle restaurants, producer Niman Ranch, and Whole Foods Markets. But in order for food companies to offer meat free of ractopamine, pork producers need to provide it.

    Sign our petition to Smithfield Foods and other pork producers in the U.S. urging them to stop using ractopamine in pork production!


    Resources:

    1. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/13/us-usa-cattle-jbs-drugs-idUSBRE97C02M20130813 and http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/08/21/214202886/inside-the-beef-industrys-battle-over-growth-promotion-drugs
    2. Read more about ractopamine

  • Support the GE Labeling Bill in Washington!

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families.

    GE foods are required to be labeled in more than 60 countries around the world. A poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of GE foods. Yet the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling.

    Washington can be a leader in making sure genetically engineered foods are labeled.
     
    Voters last fall enthusiastically supported Initiative 522 to label GMOs in Washington. The legislature now has three options: they can pass the initiative now, amend it, or take no action. If they amend it, both versions (the amended version and the original version) will be on November’s ballot and we’ll face months of dirty campaigns ads and propaganda funded by Monsanto and other corporate food and chemical companies to combat between now and then.

    Tomorrow, February 14th, the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water & Rural Economic Development will be holding a public hearing at 10am to discuss I-522.

    Tell the state legislature to enact I-522 now to label genetically engineered food!

  • Tell FDA: Do Not Approve Genetically Engineered Salmon!

  • Keep GE Canola Out of the Willamette Valley

    In August, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) filed a temporary rule without public comment that would dramatically expand the area in the Willamette Valley where canola can be grown.  Center for Food Safety, Friends of Family Farmers and three specialty seed growers filed for an emergency lawsuit challenging the rule, and the Oregon Court of Appeals granted our motion to stay the rule, meaning that no canola production can be allowed in 2012.

    We won that battle, but the war continues.

    ODA proposed a permanent rule at the same time as the temporary rule, which is exactly like the temporary rule
    , and would dramatically cut away the protection of the Valley.  However unlike the temporary rule, the permanent rule allows for a public comment period from now through October 5th.

    Please Sign the petition below to dump this dangerous rule.  The petition will be delivered to ODA Director Katy Coba and Governor Kitzhaber during the public hearing on September 28th at the Salem Fairgrounds.

  • Tell EPA to Protect Pollinators!

    Despite over one million people urging the agency to act swiftly, the EPA has refused to take emergency action on a critical petition calling for suspending the use of clothianidin, a toxic pesticide shown to adversely impact the survival and health of honey bees, along with harmful effects to numerous other invertebrate species. While refusing to issue an immediate suspension, EPA opened a public comment docket, which ends September 25th, to allow any member of the public to comment on to comment on the petition.

    Honey bees are an indicator species, and also essential for our food system: one-third of our agricultural supply is pollinated by honey bees - without pollinators, these crops cannot be grown.

    It is imperative that EPA acts quickly to suspend these pollinator-toxic pesticides. Please take action by sending a comment to EPA below. Comments are due no later than September 25th, 2012.

    For more information on the petition, please visit the CFS website here
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  • Stop Monsanto's Dicamba Tolerant Soybeans!

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently considering approval of Monsanto’s new genetically engineered (GE), dicamba-tolerant soybeans. If approved, millions more pounds of this hazardous chemical will be sprayed, polluting our food, water, and air. This is just the latest effort in the corporate chemical arms race, and it will cause serious harm to human health and the environment.

    Sign the Petition below to the USDA urging the agency to reject this risky crop!

  • Tell USDA to reject the GE apple!

    After decades of promises from the biotech industry that genetically engineered (GE) food would feed the world, cure the sick, reduce agricultural dependence on toxic chemicals, and save countless crops from imminent collapse, industry is poised to finally release a product they think will solve a problem humans have struggled with for centuries… an apple that doesn’t brown when you slice it… Seriously; we couldn’t make this stuff up.

    Tell USDA to Reject this GE Apple! Comments are due January 30th, so please sign the petition today:

  • Tell USDA to Reject “Agent Orange” Soy

    Dow Chemical is currently requesting yet another unprecedented USDA approval: a genetically engineered (GE) version of soy that is resistant to 2,4-D, a major component of the highly toxic Agent Orange. Agent Orange was the chemical defoliant used by the U.S. in Vietnam, and it caused lasting ecological damage as well as many serious medical conditions in both Vietnam veterans and the Vietnamese. USDA approval of Dow’s GE soybeans will trigger a huge increase in 2,4-D use – and our exposure to this toxic herbicide.  This will come on top of a large spike in 2,4-D use from Dow’s 2,4-D resistant GE corn. 

    Sign the petition to USDA telling them to reject Dow's genetically engineered, 2,4-D resistant soy!

  • Willamette Valley Canola Ban in Jeopardy!

    Late last Friday, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) sent out a news release announcing its plan to file a temporary administrative rule that would dramatically expand the area in the Willamette Valley where canola can be grown: from a few hundred acres to 300,000 acres. This short-sighted ruling, which would invite canola, including GE canola, into the protected zone of the Willamette Valley, could mean the ruination of the specialty seed industry.

    Tell ODA and the Governor to keep Canola, especially GE canola, out of the Willamette Valley!

  • Tell FDA to Regulate Nanotechnology in Food

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a public comment period open through July 24th on the oversight of nanotechnology in food. Amazingly, the FDA currently does not regulate the use of nanotechnology in food, despite its widespread use, and serious public health concerns.
     
    Already a wide variety of nanoscale applications in food packaging and processing are being developed. Yet, we know very little about the health effects of exposure to engineered nanomaterials, and what we do know, is cause for alarm.

    Make your voice heard and urge FDA to regulate nanotechnology to protect consumer health.

    For more information on nanotechnology, click here

  • Take the Cool Foods Pledge!

    Help stop climate change! Take the Cool Foods pledge and do your part to stabilize the earth’s climate by being more thoughtful about the way you eat.

    Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign provides information about the connection between agriculture, food and a stable climate.

    Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

    Help us raise public awareness about how your everyday food choices impact the climate by following our five Cool Foods guidelines.

  • Urge Trader Joe’s to sell only meat raised without antibiotics

    A shocking 80% of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used not by humans, but by the meat and poultry industries, making factory farm animals grow fatter faster and enabling them to survive crowded and unsanitary conditions. The facilities and feedlots where these cows, chickens, and pigs live are teeming with antibiotic-resistant bacteria that make their way into the air, the water, soil, your food, and you.

    Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration has done little to protect us, so now it’s time for consumers to act. That’s why the Center for Food Safety is supporting the Meat Without Drugs campaign, and we’re starting where we can have the most impact – our neighborhood supermarkets.
     
    Join us in urging Trader Joe’s to lead the way in getting antibiotics out of our food chain by selling only meat raised without antibiotics!

  • Tell FDA to Ban Unnecessary Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals

    In human medicine, antibiotic use is generally confined to treatment of illness. Yet, on many industrial livestock farms in the U.S., antibiotics and other antimicrobials (drugs that kill microorganisms like bacteria) are routinely administered to healthy animals. In fact, 80 percent of all antibiotics produced in the U.S. are given to animals, not humans. One result of this unregulated overuse has been a significant increase in antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” which can dangerously jeopardize the use and effectiveness of medically important antibiotics for humans.

    Antibiotics are essential tools in both human and animal medicine, but mounting evidence has linked persistent use of these drugs in animal production to the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms. To preserve medically important antibiotics for treatment of disease in people, current practices must be radically changed.

    Urge FDA to immediately ban all use of medically important human antibiotics in food-producing animals for growth promotion or disease prevention.

  • Tell EPA to Protect our Honey Bees from Pesticides

    Honey bees and other insect pollinators are dying off at unprecedented rates and pesticides are a clear causal factor. This week and next, EPA is deciding just how “real” they think the pesticide threat to our pollinators is. 

    In March, the Center for Food Safety joined partners and beekeepers from around the country in filing a legal petition with EPA, calling on the agency to make use of its emergency powers to protect bees from a pesticide called clothianidin that is particularly harmful to bees. In the next two weeks, we expect EPA will decide whether this threat constitutes the “imminent hazard” necessary for the agency to take emergency action to suspend registration of this toxic pesticide.

    Bees and other pollinators are indicator species – as they go, so goes the environment, and with it, us. If bees dying off en masse aren’t an “imminent hazard”, then we don’t know what is.

    Sign the petition below to tell EPA that the threat to bees is very real, and they need to take emergency action!

  • Urge the White House to hold “the Big Six” accountable

    Since the death of her newborn from exposure to pesticides 13 years ago, Sofía Gatica has been working tirelessly with other moms to hold Monsanto and Co. accountable for the harms they impose.

    In April, Sofía — winner of the 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize — hand delivered a letter to a top White House official, Ms. Nancy Sutley of the Council on Environmental Quality, urging the administration to investigate Monsanto’s “pesticide poisonings and livelihood harms” in her Argentine community, the U.S. and beyond.

    Ms. Sutley promised Sofía a response by June 1, but that deadline has come and gone.

    Sign the petition urging the White House to respond to Sophia and hold the “Big Six” accountable!

  • Tell EPA to Rein in Climate Polluters

    Uncontrolled climate change threatens our food supply. That’s why several years ago the Center for Food Safety took legal action to stop reckless corporations from dumping unlimited amounts of industrial carbon pollution into the air that causes global warming.
     
    As a result of CFS’s legal efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency is acting for the first-time ever to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants – the largest source of such pollution. But polluter-funded attack groups are seeking to stop it. The future of the food system we want depends on a sustainable climate.

    Sign the petition to EPA urging strong limits on all carbon pollution

  • Poultry Inspection Rule Puts Corporate Profits Before Public Health

    In the name of budget-cuts, more defective and unsanitary poultry could make its way to the supermarket if a new USDA rule goes into effect. Despite rising incidents of foodborne illness and increasing public concern over the safety of our food, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing  to both increase line speeds and reduce the number of trained government inspectors at poultry slaughter houses—a serious threat to food safety, animal welfare, and poultry workers.

    Sign the petition to tell USDA to reject this proposed rule, because food safety is more important than corporate profits

  • Tell Missouri Senate to Vote No on “Ag Gag” Bills

    The Missouri House recently passed an “ag gag” bill that would criminalize employees taking photos or digital recordings of animal or crop facilities. The Missouri Senate will be considering a similar bill this week. The effect of these laws is that environmental and health violations go unreported, covered up, and the state does not discover them until it is too late. Citizen involvement in this process is necessary to ensure healthy agricultural practices exist. Iowa and Utah have passed similar bills this year; don’t let Missouri fall to Big Ag interests!

    Your state Senator needs to hear from you that you oppose laws that favor industrial agriculture at the expense of public health, the environment, and animal welfare!

  • Tell Michigan DNR to Leave Heritage Pigs Alone!

    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is set to enact an Invasive Species Order (ISO) that would make it a felony for anyone – including family farmers - to possess certain kinds of pigs. Scheduled to go into effect only a few days from now, on April 1st, 2012, the ISO will criminalize owning heritage pigs, and protect pigs raised by industrial feeding operations.  While the ISO may have good intentions—targeting feral pigs that can damage Michigan’s environment—the Order is so poorly worded that it puts family farmers raising heritage breeds at risk of losing their pastured pigs, or even imprisonment.

    The State of Michigan needs to hear from you that you support preserving genetic diversity in agriculture, farmers’ rights to raise heritage pigs, and that the ISO must either be rescinded or revised to make clear that the Order applies only to feral pigs.

  • Tell Walmart to Reject GE Sweet Corn!

    Surveys over the past decade have consistently shown that Americans don’t want to eat genetically engineered (GE) food. Despite the overwhelming opposition to this risky new food technology, the biotech giant Monsanto continues to impose its unlabeled GE foods onto our dinner plates.

    The latest: Monsanto’s new GE sweet corn. This experimental corn will not be labeled, so consumers cannot know when they may be eating sweet corn that contains a toxic pesticide in every bite. Monsanto’s corn is a new GE variety that has been genetically modified for three different traits, to resist two different insects and to withstand heavy spraying with Monsanto's toxic Roundup herbicide. Because there are already varieties of other insect-resistant and Roundup-Ready varieties on the market, federal regulators are not requiring ANY approval process—which means NO public comment on its introduction into our food supply.

    CFS has teamed up with the Center for Environmental Health and Food and Water Watch to urge major food companies and grocers to reject Monsanto’s GE sweet corn, and we need your help to tell leading retailer Walmart to reject this new GMO corn. General Mills (Green Giant, Cascadian Farms), Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have already indicated that they will not use Monsanto’s new GMO sweet corn in their products—so can Walmart!

    We’ll be delivering the petition to Walmart by April 1st, so please sign the petition today!

  • Tell Congress to Support Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to GE ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families.  This led the Center for Food Safety to submit a legal petition to the FDA demanding that the agency require the labeling of GE foods.  In response, Senator Barbara Boxer (CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (OR) have authored a bicameral Congressional letter in support of our legal petition and will be urging their fellow Members on Capitol Hill to sign onto their letter.

    Unsuspecting consumers by the tens of millions are being allowed to purchase and consume unlabeled genetically engineered foods, despite the fact that FDA undertakes no testing of its own, instead relying only on a voluntary consultation with industry and confidential industry data to assure safety.  Internal FDA documents discovered in prior CFS litigation actually indicated the foods could pose serious risks, but those views were overruled.

    Genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in nearly 50 countries around the world including the United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, China, New Zealand and many others.  A recent poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. As ABC News stated, “Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.” Yet the United States is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling of GE food!

    Please email your U.S. Senators and Representative and urge them to join the Boxer-DeFazio letter in support of labeling!

  • Tell USDA To Reject "Agent Orange" Corn


    Dow Chemical is currently requesting an unprecedented USDA approval:
    a genetically engineered (GE) version of corn that is resistant to 2,4-D, a major component of the highly toxic Agent Orange. Agent Orange was the chemical defoliant used by the U.S. in Vietnam, and it caused lasting ecological damage as well as many serious medical conditions in both Vietnam veterans and the Vietnamese. 

    Exposure to 2,4-D has been linked to major health problems that include cancer (especially non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), lowered sperm counts, liver disease and Parkinson’s disease.  A growing body of evidence from laboratory studies show that 2,4-D causes endocrine disruption, reproductive problems, neurotoxicity and immunosuppression.  Further, industry’s own tests show that 2,4-D is contaminated with dioxins, a group of highly toxic chemical compounds that bioaccumulate, so even a minute amount can accumulate as it goes up the food chain, causing dangerous levels of exposure.  Dioxins in Agent Orange have been linked to many diseases, including birth defects in children of exposed parents; according to EPA, 2,4-D is the seventh largest source of dioxins in the U.S.

    USDA approval of Dow’s GE corn will trigger a big increase in 2,4-D use – and our exposure to this toxic herbicide.  Yet USDA has not assessed how much, nor analyzed the resulting impacts on public health, the environment or neighboring farmers (2,4-D is prone to drift and cause damage to nearby crops).  Instead, USDA has once again bowed to the pesticide industry, by giving preliminary approval to still another pesticide-promoting crop that will likely harm people and their children, including farmers, and the environment. USDA claims to be adhering to a scientific process, yet the Agency is blatantly ignoring the science on 2,4-D.

    Tell USDA To Do Its Job And Reject 2,4-D Resistant GE Corn
    !

  • Tell FDA to Label Genetically Engineered Food

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families.

    GE foods are required to be labeled in the 15 European Union nations, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries around the world. A poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of GE foods.  Yet the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling.

    The Center for Food Safety has filed a formal legal petition with FDA demanding that the agency require the labeling of GE foods and is spearheading a drive with the Just Label It Campaign to direct one million comments to the FDA in support of our petition. We have surpassed the one million mark--and counting!

    Please send your comment below to FDA and President Obama in support of mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

    If you have already sent your comment please share this with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or email!

  • Keep Pesticide-Ridden Corn Off Your Dinner Plate

    Surveys over the past decade have consistently shown that Americans don’t want to eat genetically engineered (GE or GMO) food. Despite the overwhelming opposition to this risky new food technology, the biotech giant Monsanto continues to impose its unlabeled GMO’s onto our dinner plates.

    The latest: Monsanto’s new GMO corn, intended for the frozen and/or canned corn market. This experimental corn will not be labeled, so consumers cannot know when they may be eating a GMO food that contains a toxic pesticide in every bite. Monsanto’s corn is a new GMO variety that has been genetically modified for three different traits, to resist two different insects and to withstand heavy spraying with Monsanto's toxic Roundup herbicide. Because there are already varieties of other insect-resistant and Roundup-Ready varieties on the market, federal regulators are not requiring ANY approval process—which means NO public comment on its introduction into our food supply.

    CFS has teamed up with the Center for Environmental Health to urge major companies that make frozen and/or canned corn to take action to avoid Monsanto’s new crop. We need tell Del Monte, Bird’s Eye and other major food makers to reject this new GMO corn. General Mills (Green Giant, Cascadian Farms), Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have already indicated that they will not use Monsanto’s new GMO sweet corn in their products—so can the other top companies!

    Take action today! Send food makers a message that we don’t want Monsanto’s food experiments!

    Targets:

    • Neil Harrison, Del Monte (Del Monte, S&W)
    • Robert J. Gamgort, Pinnacle Foods/Bird's Eye
    • Roderick L. Allen, Allen's Inc. (Veg-all, Allen's, SteamSupreme, Freshlike, Freshlike Selects)
    • Kraig H. Kayser, President & CEO, Seneca Foods (Libby's, Aunt Nelly's, Read, Stokely's, Festal, private label brands)
    • Steven A. Burd, President & CEO, Safeway
    • David B. Dillon, Kroger
    • Michael T. Duke, Walmart
    • Craig R. Herkert- President, CEO, & Director, Supervalu
    • Gregg Steinhafel, Chairman, President and CEO, Target (Archer Farms, Market Pantry)

  • Tell Congress to create a tracking system for cloned animals!

    In poll after poll, the American public has said that it does not want to eat food that comes from cloned animals. A 2008 Food Marketing Institute poll indicated that 77% of Americans are not comfortable with eating foods from cloned animals.

    But we won’t have much choice about eating cloned foods unless USDA creates a robust system to track clones and their offspring.

    Dozens of food companies have pledged to avoid cloned animals in their supply chains, and the National Organic Program has determined that cloned animals and their offspring cannot be certified organic. But these efforts may not be successful unless clones and their offspring can be reliably identified through a national tracking system.

    Tracking is also necessary for any kind of labeling about cloned foods. The radio frequency tagging system proposed by the cloning companies stops at the slaughterhouse door and only covers clones, not their offspring; that’s not good enough.

    Take Action Now! Tell Congress they must allow for real consumer choice by establishing a national DNA-based tracking system for cloned animals and their offspring.

  • Tell Mars and Hershey's to say no to GM Beet Sugar


    Tell Mars and Hershey's to sign the Non-GM Beet Sugar Registry

  • Urge Congress To Take A Stand Against GE Fish!

    Support the bipartisan legislation to ban GE fish, require labeling

    Despite nearly 400,000 comments in opposition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to announce its approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon any day now. To make matters worse, FDA argues that these GE salmon don’t even need to be labeled!

    In response to FDA’s imminent approval, Congress is taking action. Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Representative Don Young (R-Alaska) recently introduced bipartisan legislation in Congress that would ban GE fish (Bill# S. 230/H.R. 521) and require mandatory labeling for consumers if approved (Bill# S. 229/H.R. 520). 

    The legislation has been endorsed by 64 consumer, worker, religious and environmental groups, along with commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries associations, food businesses and retailers—including the Center for Food Safety, Ocean Conservancy, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development, the Alaska Trollers Association, Food and Water Watch, the National Cooperative Grocers Association and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations among others—who know that the approval of GE salmon would represent a serious threat to the survival of native salmon populations, many of which have already suffered severe declines related to salmon farms and other man-made impacts. Wild Atlantic salmon are already on the Endangered Species List in the U.S.; approving these GE Atlantic salmon could be the final blow to these wild stocks. Additionally, the human health impacts of eating GE fish are entirely unknown. If GE salmon are approved, these fish must be labeled so people can make informed choices.

    Please write your U.S. Senators and Representative and urge them to protect fishers, consumers and the environment by co-sponsoring S. 230/H.R. 521 and S. 229/H.R. 520!

  • Tell U.S. Dairies You Don't Want GE Alfalfa

    Despite public opposition, the USDA recently approved Monsanto's Roundup Ready, genetically engineered alfalfa for commercial planting in the absence of sound science to prove that contamination can be prevented or that it is safe for human health or the environment.

    Alfalfa is primarily used as animal feed in dairies. Now that GE alfalfa has been cleared for commercial production, dairies need to hear from you that you will not purchase dairy products from companies that allow GE alfalfa!

    Sign the petition to dairies below!