I just signed a petition asking members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote down HR 1599, the deceptively named “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” which would make it illegal for state governments to pass GMO labeling laws or regulate GMOs in other ways.
The vote is scheduled to occur tomorrow, July 23, 2015.
Here’s the comment I made when I signed the petition:
I am a former genetic engineer, but no matter the subject matter, it is outrageous that the federal government of this great nation is even considering a bill that would negate the will of its people, at the grass roots and state levels, and allow any industry to continue to hide its products from American consumers. It’s supposed to be of, for and by the people…remember?
If you agree that Americans should have the right to know what’s in the food they buy in grocery stores, and when the vast majority of Americans (80-90%, depending on the poll) want to know whether GMOs are in their food labeling those foods should be mandatory, and when the citizens of more than 60 other countries already have this information that Americans should have it too…
then I urge you to let your US representatives know how you feel by signing a petition like the one here.
For more information here’s an article in the Boston Globe supporting the idea that HR 1599 should be defeated and Americans should get to decide for themselves about GMOs via labeling, and another in the Huffington Post by Fedele Bauccio, CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, indicating that labeling GMOs is just good business.
This is not just about GMOs. This is about our democracy.