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 was reintroduced to the NY legislature at the start of the 2016 session in January. Through legislator meetings and grassroots pressure we've been able to convince even more Assemblymembers and Senators to cosponsor the bill -- we've got almost half of each house on it, so good work, everyone! And in even more exciting news, on February 9th bill A.617 was successfully voted out of the Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection committee by a vote of 9-7 despite massive opposition lobbying by the NY Farm Bureau, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (representing Big Food), and the biotech industry! The bill is now with the Codes committee, where it will hopefully be taken up soon for a vote. From there, it can go straight to the floor for a vote before the entire Assembly. In the Senate, bill S.485 is with the Consumer Protection committee, and we're hopeful it will also be up for consideration there in the near future. 


But we can't rest on any laurels -- we still have an uphill battle because of those opposition lobbyists and their deep pocket$. They are desperately trying to kill our bill, prevent the Vermont GMO labeling law from going into effect, and pushing Congress to pass a bill that would permanently 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: Join us in Albany on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, for the NY GMO Labeling Rally & Lobby Day! We need to turn up the volume in the Capitol, show them how mighty our movement is, and drown out the industry lobbyists with People Power! Bus transport is available throughout the state. For more details about the rally and bus seat reservations go 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 FDA approved a genetically engineered Atlantic salmon that grows twice as fast as normal Atlantic salmon do because it produces growth hormone 24/7, despite hundreds of thousands of petitions from the public, scientists, consumer advocacy groups and environmental organizations.... 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: Join us in Albany at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 11 am - 3 pm, to rally and lobby for GMO labeling! 

IT'S TIME TO RALLY, NEW YORK!

Join hundreds of citizens from across the state on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, for the NY GMO Labeling Rally & Lobby Day! We're going to deliver a powerful message to our legislators -- Label GMOs NOW! Bus transport is now available from Long Island, Manhattan, White Plains, New Paltz, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, and Binghamton! Reserve your seat on a bus to Albany or get there on your own steam! Carpool with friends/family to get to one of the bus pick-up spots. Take a "sick" day from work, because you're sick and tired of being kept in the dark about what's in your food!! I know I am. It's enough already!


If you're planning on attending the rally but aren't taking one of our buses, please go here and click the "Sign Me Up" button so you can register. We need you to register so we can find out who your legislators are and make appointments for you to meet with them after the rally.


Also, 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!


It's going to be great! Please bring colorful signs (no sticks or handles, please)!


  • Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, Albany, NY
  • 11:00 - 11:30 am: Meet at the Third Floor Terrace in the Legislative Office Building (the "LOB", 198 State Street, Albany, NY 12210) for orientation and lunch
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Rally on the Million Dollar Staircase in the Capitol 
  • 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Meet with your Assemblymember and Senator 
  • 3:00 pm / 3:30 pm: Buses depart Albany


NOTE: You'll have to go through security to get into the LOB/Capitol so allow extra time for that. 


  
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#2:  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/find-my-senator

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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#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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