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 2015!  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 was successfully voted out of the Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection committee in March and is now awaiting a vote in the Codes committee, much to the chagrin of the throngs of lobbyists deployed to Albany by the agrichemical and junk food companies and the NY Farm Bureau in an all-out effort to kill the bill. From there it will need to pass through the Ways and Means committee before it can be brought to the entire Assembly for a floor vote. The companion bill in the Senate, S.485, has not yet seen any action; it’s in the Consumer Protection committee and will hopefully be voted on soon. We’re in a much better place this time of year than we were last year, but it will still be an uphill battle because of all those aforementioned lobbyists and the money being spent by industry to keep us in the dark.

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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:  ACTION ALERT! ACTION ALERT! ACTION ALERT!

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 Albany on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, for the NY GMO Labeling Rally & Lobby Day!

WHAT: NY GMO Labeling Rally & Lobby Day!

WHY: Tell NYS Legislature to pass a GMO labeling law!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

WHERE: New York State Capitol, Albany, NY


SCHEDULE

11:00 am - 11:45 am: Meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church (85 Chestnut St, Albany, NY 12210) for orientation & food

11:45 am - 12:45 pm:  Meet with your Assemblymember and/or Senator in the Legislative Office Building (LOB)

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm:  Gather on the "Million Dollar Staircase" in the Capitol

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm:  Rally on the "Million Dollar Staircase" featuring great speakers and free Ben & Jerry's ice cream!

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  Meet with your Assemblymember and/or Senator in the LOB, get lunch

3:30 pm:  Buses depart from Madison Ave (between Eagle and Swann Streets)


(NOTE: You have to go through security to enter the Capitol.)


Please go to the Event Page we've set up on Facebook to "Join" the rally and then invite all the New Yorkers you know and share it on your own Facebook timeline. We're counting on you to help spread the word, even if you can't make it yourself!

Bus transport is available from certain locations at a very reasonable cost (Students ride FREE-- just choose "student scholarship" when you book your seat). Reserve your seat today on the Manhattan, White Plains, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Binghamton/Johnson City, and Rochester/Syracuse buses!


Manhattan Bus
Westchester Bus
Hudson Valley Bus
Long Island Bus
Rochester/Syracuse Bus
Binghamton/Johnson City Bus

• If bus transport is not an option for you, come by car, train, Greyhound bus, bicycle, skateboard, or on foot!

RALLY SPEAKERS
Bill sponsor Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal (D-Manhattan)
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowtiz (D-Bronx)
Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo)
Bill sponsor Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson)
Jerry Greenfield (Co-founder, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream)
Alex Beauchamp (Northeast Region Director, Food & Water Watch)
Dave Murphy (Founder, Executive Director, Food Democracy Now)
Liz Henderson (organic farmer / NOFA-NY Board member),
Jean Halloran (Director, Food Policy Initiatives, Consumers Union)
Stacie Orell (Campaign Director, GMO Free NY)
David Byrnes (Founder, Goodboy Organics and Yellow Barn Biodynamic Farm)
Caitlin Pixley (Conservation Programs Associate, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter)
Nate Rosenberg (Fink Food Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council)
Alex Wojcik (Campaign Organizer, NYPIRG)

Tell the NYS Legislature to Make GMO Labeling the Law NOW!

You have a right to know whether your food contains genetically modified ingredients. In fact, 93% of Americans want labeling of GMO food. And in a democracy, the people’s will should rule, not those of corporate interests.

On April 28th, 2015, New Yorkers from all walks of life – consumers, parents, workers, business owners, health care professionals, environmentalists, and farmers -- will make history by converging on Albany to demand that the New York GMO Labeling bill (A.617/S.485) is voted into law in 2015!

New York has an historic opportunity to strike a decisive blow against the junk food companies and agrichemical giants fighting to keep us all dining in the dark. An unprecedented number of New York Senators and Assembly Members have already endorsed the NY GMO Labeling bill. Let’s make sure they pass it, and the governor signs it, by mobilizing the full power of our grassroots supporters on April 28th!

Cosponsored by: Food & Water Watch - New York, GMO Free NY , Consumers Union, NYPIRG, NOFA-NY, Food Democracy Now! Good Boy Organics, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, NRDC, Honest Weight Co-op

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#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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