Action alert from the Weston A. Price Foundation:
[Update on amendment #2310: the US Senate voted against labeling GMOs.]
The Senate is moving ahead with voting on Farm Bill amendments. Out of the more than 300 amendments that were filed, only a quarter of them will actually be voted on, so the process will move fast.
The Tester Breeds & Seeds and the Paul Raw Milk amendments did NOT make the list of amendments to be voted on, unfortunately. The Feinstein Egg bill also did not make the list, though, which is good news.
Two amendments on the list to be voted on are important and need your support. Please call your U.S. Senators with the following message:
“I am a constituent from ____ (state), and I urge Senator _______ to:
* Vote YES on the Sanders-Boxer amendment to recognize the States’ rights to require labeling of genetically engineered foods
* Vote YES on the DeMint Amendment #2276 to stop mandatory Checkoff programs.”
If you don’t know who represents you, you can find out at www.senate.gov or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
More information on each amendment is provided below. The votes are expected today or tomorrow, so call now!
Both of these amendments are long shots, but they are worth fighting for!
1. Vote YES on the Sanders-Boxer Amendment #2310 to recognize the States’ rights to require labeling of genetically engineered foods
State efforts to require labeling of genetically engineered foods have been met with threats that the Biotech industry will sue any state that dares pass such a low. The Sanders-Boxer amendment would explicitly provide that “a State may require that any food, beverage, or other edible product offered for sale in that State have a label on the container or package of the food, beverage, or other edible product, indicating that the food, beverage, or other edible product contains a genetically engineered ingredient.”
The Sanders-Boxer amendment would also require the FDA and USDA to provide a report within the next two years to specify how much of our country’s food and beverages contain genetically engineered ingredients.
1. Vote YES on the DeMint Amendment #2276 to stop mandatory Checkoff programs.
There are currently 18 mandatory “Checkoff” programs. Under these programs, anytime a farmer sells a cow or a gallon of milk or any o other covered commodity, the farmer is legally required to pay a fee to industry-run organizations. These funds are used to pay for things such as the “Got Milk?” and “Pork, the other white meat” advertising campaigns.
The problem is that these advertising campaigns benefit primarily the retailers and grocery stores, not the farmers. Yet the farmers are stuck paying the bills.
When it comes to raw milk, the industry adds insult to injury by promoting only pasteurized milk product and even running ads against raw milk – even as they require raw milk farmers to pay to support those ads.
The DeMint amendment would bar any Checkoff program from being mandatory. If producers wish to fund a joint advertising campaign, they still can, but they would no longer be coerced to support advertising efforts that are not in their interest.