Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) introduced a bill in Congress that would kill labels for genetically engineered foods — even at the state and local level! Tell your Members of Congress to reject Monsanto’s “Dream Bill”!
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), with about 300 member companies like Monsanto, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Smithfield, represents the largest food, beverage and biotech companies — and now on behalf of all these companies, they’ve gotten Rep. Pompeo to introduce a bill that will prohibit states from creating their own laws around labeling genetically engineered foods, while also making it illegal to create “mandatory” labeling at the federal level.
The GMA spent $54.7 million (on behalf of its Big Ag members) to defeat ballot initiatives on labeling genetically engineered foods in California and Washington. Instead of taking this fight state by state, the GMA would like to pass its bill through Congress that will stop all genetically engineered food labels nationally.
Even Connecticut and Maine, which have already passed legislation to require labels on GMO foods, would not be allowed to enact their own laws if this passes! We know that more than 90% of people want labeling on foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients, and recently more than 20 states have considered their own labeling laws, but the GMA’s anti-labeling bill would nullify all of these efforts!
Although the GMA has not found many sponsors yet, we can’t guarantee that your elected officials won’t be swayed by the GMA’s deep pockets — especially with election season around the corner. What we need is for you and your friends, family and neighbors to speak out. Send an email to your U.S. Senators and Representative to let them know where you stand. Your lawmakers need to hear from you right away.
Thanks for taking action,
Deputy Organizing Director
Food & Water Watch