GMO Free NY

GMO Free NY is a volunteer-run grassroots organization allied with other pro-GMO-labeling consumer advocacy organizations and grassroots groups in the fight for GMO labeling. We are a founding member of the NY GE Food Labeling Campaign.

Our Mission: To inspire and empower New Yorkers to help us get Assembly bill A.3525 (Rosenthal) / and Senate bill S.3835 (LaValle) -- which mandates the labeling of genetically engineered ("GMO") foods offered for retail sale in New York -- passed in 2015!

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 is 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.... Because Congress and the FDA is still turning a deaf ear to the 93% of Americans who say they want GMOs labeled.... 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!

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 Year-round Action Alert:

Contact your State Legislators!

 

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! (Put on ye reading spectacles ladies and gentlemen – there's a lot of information to take in!)

We need EVERY NEW YORKER reading this to call or email their Assemblymember and Senator to push for the passage of bill A.3525 (Rosenthal) / S.3835 (LaValle) in 2015, which would mandate the labeling of GE foods and seed offered for retail sale in NYS. The text of the bill can be seen here.


It doesn’t matter if you’ve already contacted your elected officials about this. We need you to do it again so the message is fresh in their minds when they consider the bill during the 2015 legislative session. Do you think the lobbyists for Monsanto, Kraft, and the NY Farm Bureau complacently sit at their desks and think to themselves, “Well…I already had a chat with Assemblymember ABC, so I’m confident I don’t need to follow-up with him. I’ve got this all sown up.” NO! They repeatedly call, visit, email, and hammer hard against us. They invest lots of $$$ to build and solidify opposition within the legislature. They buy their way into favorable media coverage. They undermine, spread misinformation, and use scare tactics – whatever it takes to defeat us.

Now is the time to fight back! Let's work together to make New York the first state to enact a GMO labeling law with no strings attached! Do you want to know if your food has been genetically engineered because you have unanswered questions about their safety and environmental impact? Do you want to know what you’re feeding your kids? Do you want to be able to make informed choices when you buy food? Yes? I can’t hear you! YES??? SAY IT LOUDER! YESSSSSSS!!!

Well alrighty, then. Let's get to it.

HOW TO TAKE ACTION:

A. Find out who your Assemblymember is:
Check here to see if they are already a cosponsor of bill A.3525 (sponsor = Linda B. Rosenthal):

If they ARE a cosponsor, when you call or email:
1. State your name, address, and that you are a constituent of the Assemblymember.
2. Thank them for their support of bill A.3525 and that you look forward to hearing them Vote YES on the bill when it comes up for a vote in 2015.
3. If your Assemblymember is Linda B. Rosenthal, please do NOT contact her – she and her staff are already hard at work trying to get this bill passed into law.

If they are NOT a cosponsor, when you call or email:
1. State your name, address, and that you are a constituent of the Assemblymember.
2. Use the “Elevator Pitch” below to state your case for why we need GMO labeling.
3. Ask them to sign on as a cosponsor of bill A.3525 and to support it when it comes up for a vote in 2015.

B. Find out who your Senator is:
Check here to see if they are already a cosponsor of bill S.3835 (sponsor = Kenneth LaValle)

If they ARE a cosponsor, when you call or email:
1. State your name, address, and that you are a constituent of the Senator.
2. Thank them for their support of bill S.3835 and that you look forward to hearing them Vote YES on the bill when it comes up for a vote in 2015.
3. If your Senator is Kenneth LaValle, PLEASE CONTACT HIM – he and his staff need to be reminded that there is strong support for bill S.3835 in his Suffolk County district.

If they are NOT a cosponsor, when you call or email:
1. State your name, address, and that you are a constituent of the Senator.
2. Use the “Elevator Pitch” below to state your case for why we need GMO labeling.
3. Ask them to sign on as a cosponsor and support the bill when it comes up for a vote in 2015.

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"ELEVATOR PITCH" for GMO LABELING

GMOs were introduced into the U.S. food supply by the biotech industry in 1996 without adequate testing for human health risks and we've been eating them without our knowledge ever since. The FDA says foods that have been genetically engineered are as safe as conventional foods and don't require any special labeling. The biotech tech industry and big food companies agree and have been fighting tooth and nail to keep American consumers in the dark. But many scientists disagree and a recent NYT poll showed 93% of Americans want GMOs labeled. 64 countries around the world -- including the EU, China, Russia, and Japan -- label GMOs.

Independent feeding studies on rats, pigs, and human breast cancer cells show cause for concern and there are documented environmental hazards associated with farming GMOs. The herbicide most commonly sprayed on GMO crops -- Roundup -- has been shown to have toxic effects on human health. But without labels there is no traceability, no accountability, no liability. Labels will give consumers the information they need to opt out from being biotech guinea pigs and to choose for themselves what they want to eat and feed their families. Since the FDA won't label GMOs, it's been left up to state governments to give their citizens the right to know what's in their food. I’m a New Yorker and I’m one of the 93% who wants to know if my food has been genetically engineered. Please cosponsor and support bill A.3525/S.3835.

PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERY NEW YORKER YOU KNOW WHO EATS FOOD!

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