Monday, June 11, 2007

Want To Take Action? Here's Your Chance:

By Jeff

From the Center for Food Safety:

Tell the House Agriculture Committee Not to Allow Language Preempting State's Rights in Farm Bill

House Agriculture Committee to Consider Language in the Farm Bill that Would Deny State’s Rights to Protect Citizens from Risky Foods

Last week the U.S. House subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry passed new language added to the 2007 Farm Bill that would bar states or localities from prohibiting any food or agricultural product that the USDA has deregulated. The new language reads:

SEC. 123. EFFECT OF USDA INSPECTION AND DETERMINATION OF NON-REGULATED STATUS.Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no State or locality shall make any law prohibiting the use in commerce of an article that the Secretary of Agriculture has—(1) inspected and passed; or(2) determined to be of non-regulated status.

The primary intent of this passage is to deny local or state rights to regulate genetically engineered crops or food. This would wipe out the restrictions passed by voters in four California counties and two cities, and could limit the powers of the California Rice Certification Act and its ability to prohibit the introduction of GE rice varieties. Local and state laws pertaining to GE crops have also been passed in Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. All of these democratically enacted laws are threatened by this language.

The biotech industry and big agribusiness have been trying to push similar bills in dozens of states across the country, and also at the Federal level with last year’s so-called “Food Uniformity” bill. Now they want to sneak it into a committee hearing and hide it in the Farm Bill.
The members of the committee need to hear from all of us NOW!

For contact information for the members of the House Agriculture Committee, Click HERE. Then click on the name of the member(s) you'd like to reach to be taken to their webpage for contact information. If you have time, please make a phone call to one or two of these members. Phone calls can make a big difference! Call members of the Agriculture Committee at (202) 225-2171

For a list of state and local regulations on GE crops, CLICK HERE


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