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E-M:/ Genetic Engineering Labeling Legislation for 107th Congress

Folks, if you want to have genetically engineered foods labeled, now is your chance to act.
Legislation to label genetically engineered foods, called the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act was introduced into both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate during the 106th Congress.
This legislation will soon be introduced into the new 107th Congress.

Ask Senator Stabenow and Senator Levin to co-sponsor the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, introduced by California Senator Barbara Boxer (S. 2080) and by Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-10th OH), HR 3377 gained 58 co-sponsors.

The biotech industry has a stronghold in Michigan, home of Dow Chemical--a major player, along with branches of DuPont (on Stephenson Hwy. in Troy) and Monsanto. Michigan is also home to Kelloggs, makers of MorningStar Farms.
Interesting, Kelloggs said that it's MorningStar Farms product line would be GE-Free, but it was found to contain Starlink Corn by Greenpeace. Starlink is a type of genetically engineered corn that is unfit for human consumption that has contaminated the food supply. (see Greenpeace's story at www.truefoodnow.org)

Our own Representative John Conyers spoke out against the genetically engineered growth hormone rBGH, currently used by a portion of the dairy industry, which is linked to cancer and elevated insulin levels.

For these and other reasons, write letters to Congress today. Of course, if you need a Michigan contact for GE-free organic foods, Eden Foods based right here in our state, www.edenfoods.com.
Need some ideas for a letter, see below:


Dear Senator Stabenow:

Please consider the following information when determining the need for labeling of genetically engineered foods, and support Boxer and Kucinich's bill. The following are straight-to-the-point reasons why I feel we need to label GE foods.

There is a world of difference between genetic engineering and traditional plant breeding. Genetic engineering (GE) uses DNA from unrelated species, combining them with insertion packages made up of viruses and bacteria which, in nature, are responsible for spreading diseases between species. Conversely, traditional plant breeding uses same-species genetic material, enhancing certain latent traits.

Saying that substantial equivalence is good enough to allow mass distribution of GE organisms into the food supply is absurd. This is simply an excuse to push through the federal agencies flawed, imprecise technology without sound scientific analysis. It's interesting that there's supposed to be no difference between genetic engineering and hybridizing, yet a farmer in Saskatchewan, Canada now has to pay Monsanto $400,000 for genetically altered WEEDS that showed up on his land from pollen drift. He stands to lose his life savings, his home, his land--everything he has worked for in 70 years. They call it patent infringement. IF THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GE CROPS AND PLANT BREEDING, THERE SHOULD BE NO CONTEST--AM I RIGHT? Monsanto shouldn't even have a leg to stand on, but the judge caved. What's to stop biotech companies from doing the same thing to farmers in the US? They've already proved that pollen can travel miles not just feet. Conservation buffers can not contain it.

The problem with StarLink corn contaminating the food supply should be reason enough to label GE foods. A woman in California already went into anaphylactic shock from eating BT-corn (Starlink is just the catchy-marketing-gimmick name for it.)

Then there's the genetically altered fish. Scientists found that putting just 60 GE fish into an environment of 60,000 native fish could render the entire species extinct in as little as 40 years.

The genetically engineered hormone rBGH causes elevated insulin levels in the blood and may cause cancer in humans. It shortens the life expectancy of dairy cows to about 4-5 years by weakening their immune system, and strips calcium from their bones so they become diseased and die. Cows are supposed to live 25 YEARS. These same animals are treated with antibiotics and which also end up in the milk we drink and dairy products we eat along with the hormones.

Antibiotic resistance is another problem related to genetic engineering because they use antibiotics in the process to develop antibiotic-resistant marker genes to assure the genetic transfer was successful.

People that know about these issues don't want any part of GE foods and want them LABELED!
Pew Charitable Trust, the survey of 1001 Americans, found that 75% of the public feel it is somewhat important or very important to know if their foods have been genetically altered. Only 21 percent of those surveyed said it was not important.

Personally, I feel genetic engineering is nothing more than a tool for multi-national  biotech corporations to take over the food supply--by seizing land and plant biodiversity from other countries with patent infringements, seed contracts, chemical dependency, etc. The song and dance that GE foods are going to "feed the world" is marketing propaganda at its finest. People can't afford nutritious food for the same reason they can't afford to have a roof over their head or own a car--NO MONEY. Golden rice, or whatever buzz word they want to call it, is not going to be more nutritious than the thousands of native plant species that nature gave us to begin with, many of which are now almost extinct from industrial farming and chemical contamination.

We urgently need your support for labeling legislation. Thanks for your consideration in this matter.