Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent???

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Dear Organic Consumer,

Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent???

In 2001, the biotech industry named Tom Vilsack (now USDA Secretary of Agriculture) “Governor of the Year,” thanks to his loyal support of Monsanto and all things GMO.

Vilsack is determined to live up to that dubious honor. In January, he will hold an invitation-only meeting, between industry and consumer groups, to “forge a compromise” on GMO labeling.

But there is no compromise between mandatory and voluntary labeling laws. It’s one or the other. What Vilsack really plans to do is this: everything in his power to permanently legalize the right of Monsanto and Big Food to deceive consumers.

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Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent???

Vilsack recently told reporters he’s concerned about “chaos in the market” if more states pass mandatory GMO labeling laws like Vermont’s. He also trotted out the tired old tune that requiring food companies to label GMO ingredients will cause drastic increases in food prices.

Do your elected officials vote the way you want??? They're supposed to....
Do your elected officials vote the way you want??? Neither do ours…
They’re supposed to..

What “compromise” will Vilsack likely propose in his back-room confab? A voluntary labeling scheme involving QR codes—fancy barcode technology requiring consumers to have smart phones. 

Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent???

Never mind the ridiculous argument that printing four words on a label will cost food companies more than setting up fancy smart-phone technology that links to websites. We know what QR codes are really about. They’re about making it as difficult as possible for consumers to find out if the food they are buying has been genetically modified, or contains genetically engineered ingredients.

That Vilsack even has to call this emergency meeting is a testament to you, and everyone else who has fought so hard for the basic right to know. Monsanto thought it would be easy to ram a preemption bill through Congress.  Thanks to you, it wasn’t.

With your help, we will come back in January as strong as ever, to protect states’ rights to pass mandatory GMO labeling laws. We will make it crystal clear to every member of the U.S. Congress: Consumers will settle for nothing less than mandatory labeling laws.

Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent???

But requiring food companies to label GMOs is just one battle in a much larger war. That’s why, in 2016, we will introduce new campaigns that will shed more light on Monsanto’s role in factory farms, in the ethanol scam, in global warming. We will mobilize millions of consumers to engage in policy battles that will go well beyond GMO labeling. Policy battles that will put an end to subsidizing the corporations that poison and pollute. xxxx

Only about 20 percent of GMO crops grown in the U.S. go into food. The other 80 percent are used to feed animals imprisoned in factory farms, or to make fuel. Billions of tax dollars—your dollars—are used to subsidize these degenerative crops. Crops that are grown with millions of tons of toxic chemicals. Crops that pollute our waters, degrade our soils, destabilize our climate.

There’s a better way. The fact is, small farmers already grow 70 percent of the world’s food. We don’t need Monsanto. What we need is to support those farmers who grow the food we actually need, using techniques that restore, renew, rebuild and regenerate—our soils, our health, our economies, our climate.

Whom Do Your Elected Officials Represent???

This is our mission. This is our challenge. Win or lose the labeling battle, we need you in this fight.

You can help us keep the momentum going by making a generous donation online, by U.S. mail or by calling our office—details here. 

This is an article sent to me from Ronnie Cummings…

Now let’s be real for a minute. Right now there is so much heat on HR 1599 Vilsack has absolutely no choice but to say….

Vilsack recently told reporters he’s concerned about “chaos in the market” if more states pass mandatory GMO labeling laws like Vermont’s.

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Who cares what the people want??? I sure don’t…Only care that somehow I make a fortune on GMO’s

Excuse me while I throw up in my mouth. The only “Chaos” there is in agriculture is that which Monsanto and Gang create with the Monsanto Propaganda Machine which make no mistake about it folks Vilsack is part of the Monsanto Propaganda Machine Right there holding hands with the “Substantially Equivalent” fella…maybe that’s what they are talking about???

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Please do not forget…

When Congress gets back to work in January, they have plans to short-circuit the debate on GMO labeling by handing it off to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to create a compromise that could leave America’s family farmers and consumers in the dark.

Tune in later this week when I discuss how a Mine Sweeper had the opportunity to bright much needed to the plight of Labor in the Property Preservation Industry…

Until Next Time Folks…

Happy Gardening

Written by Aaron Aveiro and Ronnie Cummings of The Organic Consumers Association.

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