Please take action NOW to stop Senate Bill 777—a bill that would strip cities, counties, and townships of their ability to regulate seeds, including genetically engineered seeds.
Because of your opposition so far, this bill was stalled in committee since November. However, the Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Tourism Committee voted on the bill last week and it will be voted on TOMORROW (Thursday) on the Senate floor.
Senators’ phone numbers are listed below, or visit this link to find your Senator: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/FindYourSenator/michiganfys.asp
Allen, Jason (517) 373-2413
Barcia, Jim (517) 373-1777
Basham, Raymond E. (517) 373-7800
Birkholz, Patricia L. (517) 373-3447
Bishop, Michael (517) 373-2417
Brater, Liz (517) 373-2406
Brown, Cameron (517) 373-5932
Cherry, Deborah (517) 373-1636
Clark-Coleman, Irma (517) 373-0990
Clarke, Hansen (517) 373-7346
Cropsey, Alan L. (517) 373-3760
Emerson, Robert L. (517) 373-0142
Garcia, Valde (517) 373-2420
George, Thomas M. (517) 373-0793
Gilbert II, Judson (517) 373-7708
Goschka, Mike (517) 373-1760
Hardiman, Bill (517) 373-1801
Jacobs, Gilda Z. (517) 373-7888
Jelinek, Ron (517) 373-6960
Johnson, Shirley (517) 373-2523
McManus, Michelle (517) 373-1725
Olshove, Dennis (517) 373-8360
Patterson, Bruce (517) 373-7350
Prusi, Michael (517) 373-7840
Sanborn, Alan (517) 373-7670
Schauer, Mark (517) 373-2426
Scott, Martha G. (517) 373-7748
Sikkema, Kenneth R. (517) 373-0797
Stamas, Tony (517) 373-7946
Switalski, Michael (517) 373-7315
Thomas III, Samuel Buzz(517) 373-7918
Toy, Laura M. (517) 373-1707
VanWoerkom, Gerald (517) 373-1635
Whitmer, Gretchen (517) 373-1734
This fall, the Senate introduced SB 777, which would strip the authority of cities, counties, and townships to regulate seeds, including genetically engineered seeds. Now the bill will be voted on by the full Senate tomorrow.
Genetically engineered crops pose risks to public health and the environment, including the risk of allergic reactions, the creation of superweeds, and the contamination of neighboring crops. Dozens of farmers, residents, and environmental groups turned out to testify against SB 777 before the Senate Committee this fall and winter.
Further concerns are posed by
experimental crops, including “biopharmaceuticals”—food crops
genetically engineered to produce prescription drugs and industrial chemicals.
Examples include soybeans or corn genetically engineered to produce blood
clotting agents or contraceptives. There already have been more than 750 open
air field test sites of experimental crops in
It is inappropriate to preempt the ability for local governments to regulate GE crops when State and Federal regulations are inadequate. Specifically:
o The Food and Drug Administration does not require pre-market safety testing or labeling of genetically engineered foods, and does not approve the safety of GE food.
o The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires no specific safety tests for the approval of GE crops, leaving the testing procedures to the industry it oversees. The National Academy of Sciences criticized this process as often lacking scientific rigor.
o The Environmental Protection Agency has few required safety tests specifically designed for GE crops, and has not required the use of internationally accepted testing procedures to ensure that new GE foods are not allergens.
Genetically engineered crops pose many legitimate concerns, and current regulations have not caught up to the new complexities and risks of the technology. Local citizens and governments deserve the right to determine how this technology is applied in their communities and what is grown in their fields. Senate Bill 777 would take away that right. Please contact your Senator ask her or him to oppose this bill.
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