GMO Free NY
GMO Free NY is a volunteer-run grassroots organization allied with other pro-labeling grassroots groups and consumer advocacy organizations in the fight for GMO labeling.
 
We're here because it's time for full disclosure and transparency regarding the presence of GMO foods and materials 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... Because we want to stop being unwitting guinea pigs for the biotech industry.... Because 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.... Because we have the right to make informed choices when choosing what to feed ourselves and our families!
 

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

 
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 foods offered for retail sale in New York – passed by 2014!
 
Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all of our action alerts and share the information we post.
 
 
 
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Please sign our petition to make GMO Labeling the Law in NYS!
 
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January-February 2014 ACTION ALERT:


HEAR YE, HEAR YE! (Put on ye reading spectacles ladies and gentlemen – this is a LONG Action Alert!)

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 2014, 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 NOW so the message is fresh in their minds when they consider the bill during the 2014 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: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/
Check here to see if they are already a cosponsor of bill A.3525 (sponsor = Linda B. Rosenthal): http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld&bn=A03525&term=2013&Summary=Y

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 2014.
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 2014.

B. Find out who your Senator is: http://www.nysenate.gov/
Check here to see if they are already a cosponsor of bill S.3835 (sponsor = Kenneth LaValle) http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?term=2013&bn=S03835

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 2014.
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 2014.

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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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ANNOUNCING:

The NY GE Food Labeling Campaign!

GMO Free NY has allied with Food & Water Watch, NOFA-NY, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Natural Resources Defense Council, NYPIRG, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Consumers Union, Fire Dog Lake, Good Boy Organics, Green Party of New York, and Brooklyn Food Coalition to form the NY GE Food Labeling Campaign. Together we are advocating for the passage of A.3525 (Rosenthal) / S.3835 (LaValle) in 2014, legislation that would require the labeling of genetically engineered seed, seed, stock, and food offered for retail sale in New York.

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November 2013

Dear Fellow GMO Labeling Supporters and New Yorkers,

We didn't get the number of votes needed to push our GMO labeling bill -- bill A3525 -- out of
 the Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection when they voted in June 2013, but the bill's sponsor and champion, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, has vowed to bring it back and to a vote in 2014! She agrees with us that New Yorkers (and all Americans) deserve the right to know what's in our food!

 

See Assemblymember Rosenthal's November 2013 statement about the fight for GMO labeling in NY


The good news is that by the time the legislative session ended on June 21, 2013, there were 46 cosponsors on the Assembly bill plus 8 cosponsors of the Senate bill (plus the sponsor of each bill). These are great jumping off points for our next push!

 
There will be some exciting news about the NY bill coming down the pipeline soon so please stay tuned here and to our Facebook page! We will need to make our voices heard loud and clear so our legislators know where we stand and what they need to do. We can do this, New York!

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Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection

Member Contact Info:

These 15 Assemblymembers are the current gatekeepers of bill A.3525. So it is REALLY important to let them know how you feel about GMO foods and labeling, ESPECIALLY if he or she is your district Assemblymember. Find out by using the Member Search feature here: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/
 
Remember when you call or write to mention that you're contacting them because of Bill A.3525 -- the GMO labeling bill -- and that you want them to support and cosponsor it. An asterisk (*) means they are already a cosponsor. In that case, you should still write a letter thanking them for their cosponsorship. This will show them how much support for the issue there really is within their district, which is key for them.
 
 

Peter Abbate, Jr., District 49
abbatep@assembly.state.ny.us
518-455-3053 | 718-232-9565
LOB 839
Albany, NY 12248 

 

David Buchwald, District 93
BuchwaldD@assembly.state.ny.us  
518-455-5397 | 914-244-4450
LOB 326
Albany, NY 12248

 

*Karim Camara, District 43
CamaraK@assembly.state.ny.us
518-455-5262 | 718-771-3105
LOB 519
Albany, NY 12248

 

* Jeffrey Dinowitz (Chair)
District 81
DinowiJ@assembly.state.ny.us
518-455-5965 | 718-796-5345
LOB 941
Albany, NY 12248

 

Edward Hennessey, District 3
HennesseyE@assembly.state.ny.us  
518-455-4901 | 631-207-0073
LOB 534
Albany, NY 12248

 

* Micah Kellner, District 76
KellnerM@assembly.state.ny.us    
518-455-5676 | 212-860-4906
LOB 654
Albany, NY 12248

David McDonough, District 14
McDonoD@assembly.state.ny.us  
518-455-4633 | 516-409-2070
LOB 443
Albany, NY 12248

Tom McKevitt, District 17
MckeviT@assembly.state.ny.us
518-455-5341 | 516-228-4960
LOB 546
Albany, NY 12248

Bill Nojay, District 133
NojayW@assembly.state.ny.us  
518-455-5662 | 585-346-0002
LOB 527
Albany, NY 12248

 

Anthony Palumbo, District 2

Palumba@assembly.state.ny.us

518-455-5294 | 631-727-0204
LOB 719
Albany, NY 12248

 

*Dan Quart, District 73
quartd@assembly.state.ny.us   
518-455-4794 | 212-605-0937
LOB 530
Albany, NY 12248

 

Michael Simanowitz, District 27 
simanowitzm@assembly.state.ny.us  
518-455-4404 | 718-969-1508
LOB 818
Albany, NY 12248

 

* Aravella Simotas, District 36
simotasa@assembly.state.ny.us  
518-455-5014 | 718-545-3889
LOB 652
Albany, NY 12248

James Skoufis, District 99 
SkoufisJ@assembly.state.ny.us  
518-455-5441 | 845-469-6929
LOB 821
Albany, NY 12248

 

Michaelle Solages, District 22
SolagesM@assembly.state.ny.us   
518-455-4465
LOB 827
Albany, NY 12248

Senate Consumer Protection Committee

Member Contact Info:

These 10 Senators are the current gatekeepers of bill S.3835. If they don't push it out of committee in 2014, the bill will die without making it to the Senate floor for a vote. We have less support for the bill in the Senate than we do in the Assembly so it is REALLY important that you let them know how you feel about GMO foods and labeling! This is our chance to make our voices heard, New Yorkers!!! If you live in the districts these Senators represent, it is ESPECIALLY important that you contact them. They need to know how much support there is for labeling among their constituency. To find our who your Senator is use the "Find My Senator" feature in the upper left corner: here  http://www.nysenate.gov/
 
Make sure you say or write that you're contacting them because of Bill S.3835 -- the GMO labeling bill -- and that you want them to support the bill and cosponsor it. If they are already a cosponsor -- marked by an asterisk (*) next to their name -- then it is still important to let them know how appreciative you are of their support.
 
*Phil Boyle   

pboyle@nysenate.gov 

518-455-3411 | 631-669-9200 

Legislative Office Building, 814

Albany, NY 12247


Terry Gipson 

gipson@nysenate.gov

518-455-2303 | 845-463-0840 

Legislative Office Building, 617 

Albany, NY 12247


*Brad Hoylman 

hoylman@nysenate.gov 

518-455-2451 | 212-633-8052  

Legislative Office Building, 413 

Albany, NY 12247

  

George Latimer 

latimer@nysenate.gov

518-455-2031 | 914-934-5250 

Legislative Office Building, 615 

Albany, NY 12247 

  

Betty Little 

little@nysenate.gov

518-455-2811 | 518-743-0968 

Legislative Office Building, 310 

Albany, NY 12247 

  

Kathleen A. Marchione 

marchione@nysenate.gov

518-455-2381 

Legislative Office Building, 306 

Albany, NY 12247 

  

George D. Maziarz 

maziarz@nysenate.gov 

518-455-2024 | 716 434-0680

Legislative Office Building, 708 

Albany, NY 12247 

  

Diane J. Savino 

savino@senate.state.ny.us

518-455-2437  | 718-727-9406 

Legislative Office Building, 315 

Albany, NY 12247  

  

*José M. Serrano 

serrano@senate.state.ny.us 

518-455-2795 | 212-828-5829

Legislative Office Building, 406 

Albany, NY 12247 

  

Lee M. Zeldin (Chair) 

zeldin@nysenate.gov  

518-455-3570 | 631-585-0608 

Legislative Office Building, 802 

Albany, NY 12247 


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