GMO Free NY

GMO Free NY is a grassroots organization allied with other pro-GMO-labeling consumer advocacy organizations in the NY GMO Labeling Coalition.

Our Mission: To inspire and empower New Yorkers to help us get Assembly bill A.617 (Rosenthal) / Senate bill S.485 (LaValle) -- which mandates the labeling of genetically engineered ("GMO") foods offered for retail sale in New York -- passed in 2016!  Scroll down to see the Top 3 Things You Can Do to Help Make GMO Labeling the Law in NYS!
 
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UPDATE ON THE NY GMO LABELING BILL

Bill A.617 /S.485 did not make it to a floor vote in either chamber before the 2015 Legislative Session came to an end in late June. However, this session was very atypical in terms of all the upheaval caused by the change in leadership in both the Assembly and the Senate, and we're hopeful that things will be a lot less chaotic in the coming session, which starts in mid-January 2016. We are heading into it with 70 cosponsors on the Assembly bill and 27 cosponsors on the Senate bill. We're in a much stronger place than we were at this time last year as both public and legislator awareness of the GMO labeling battle has increased a lot! But we can't rest on any laurels -- we still have an uphill battle because of industry lobbyists and the deep pockets of the Big Food and Biotech companies funding them! They've been pulling out all the stops to keep us in the dark by suing the state of Vermont for passing a GMO labeling law last year and by trying to get Congress to pass a law that would block GMO labeling at the state and federal level. But that just means we have to keep pushing until GMO labeling becomes law!


To that end:  Please help us kick off our 2016 campaign for GMO labeling by joining us on December 2nd on the steps of City Hall in NYC at noon to rally and have a press conference! More details here.


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We're here because it's time for full disclosure and transparency regarding the presence of GMOs in our food supply.... Because the safety of GMOs for human consumption remains unproven.... Because the FDA does not mandate safety testing or do its own testing and independent research has been effectively stifled by the biotech industry.... Because we want to stop being unwitting guinea pigs for the biotech industry (we've been eating them since 1996 without our knowledge or consent!).... Because Congress and the FDA are still turning a deaf ear to the 93% of Americans who say they want GMOs labeled.... Because the World Health Organization has classified glyphosate (Roundup) -- the weedkiller doused on GMO crops -- as a probable human carcinogen!... Because 64 countries around the world, representing over half the global population, already label GMO foods and in many cases have also restricted their cultivation and import.... Because we have the right to make informed choices when deciding what to feed ourselves and our families!

We deserve the right to know! It's time to label GMOs!

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all of our action alerts and share the information we post. Thanks! Also, see below for the top 3 actions you can take NOW to help make GMO labeling the law in NYS!
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#1:  CONTACT YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER AND SENATOR IN ALBANY!

NEW YORKERS: CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS ASAP

TO HELP MAKE GMO LABELING THE LAW!

It’s time for New York legislators to stand up to Big Food and Agrichemical companies and give consumers what they want--the right to know if their food has been made with genetically modified ingredients. A simple informational label will not increase food prices or force businesses to shut their doors, and evidenced by the by 64 countries where GMO labeling is already in effect and the sky hasn't fallen. Consumers should not be kept in the dark about what they’re feeding themselves and their families. Time to rip the blindfolds off!

We need EVERY NEW YORKER reading this to call or email their Assemblymember and Senator ASAP to ask them to support and cosponsor Assembly bill A.617 (Rosenthal) / S.485 (LaValle), which will require GMO foods to be labeled as such. All 150 of our Assemblymembers and our 63 Senators need to hear from the people who have the power to vote them out of office -- YOU!

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS:

A. Find out who your Assemblymember is and how to contact them: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/

1. A phone call is better than an email, but if you’re shy, an email will do.
2. Identify yourself as a constituent of the Assemblymember. Give your name and address if asked.
3. Say/write: "GMO labeling will allow me to choose whether I want to eat these foods or not. I have a right to know if my food has been genetically modified! Please cosponsor bill A.617 and support it when it comes up for a vote this session."
4. If you call and are told the Assemblymember is already a cosponsor of the bill, give a heartfelt thank you.

B. Find out who your Senator is and how to contact them: http://www.nysenate.gov/

1. A phone call is better than an email, but if you’re shy, an email will do.
2. Identify yourself as a constituent of the Senator. Give your name and address if asked.
3. Say/write: "GMO labeling will allow me to choose whether I want to eat these foods or not. I have a right to know if my food has been genetically modified! Please cosponsor bill S.485 and support it when it comes up for a vote this session."
4. If you call and are told the Senator is already a cosponsor of the bill, give a heartfelt thank you.


PLEASE SHARE THIS PAGE WITH EVERY NEW YORKER YOU KNOW
WHO EATS FOOD! You can also just copy and paste this action alert into an email or onto your Facebook timeline!


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#2: Join us in NYC on December 2nd, 2015, at 12 pm on the steps of NYC City Hall!
#3: NEW YORKERS: SIGN THIS PETITION TO MAKE
GMO LABELING THE LAW IN NYS!

The great thing about signing this petition is that it automatically sends a letter to your NYS Assemblymember, Senator, and Governor Cuomo! So it's a fantastic and easy way to make your voice heard with your elected officials. It takes less than 2 minutes to complete the form, so please sign it today. Also, please share the above link with all New Yorkers you know who eat food. Email it, Tweet it, and share it on your Facebook timeline. Time to turn up the volume up to 11, New York!

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