Monday, February 27, 2006

Another of your rights is about to bite the dust!!

Congress is at it again! You are about to loose the right to know what is in your food supply! The importance of buying your food from a local farmer is growing day by day! Please visit this link to send a message to your representative. This is being pushed by the bio-tech industry, Monsanto, the Grocery Manufacturers, and I am sure Big Ag is in there somewhere! They realize that people are starting to care about what is in their food - they also realize that people are becoming reluctant to buy what they are their remedy is not to give you what you want.... but to prevent you from knowing what you are buying! I also recommend signing up for alerts from this organization - I don't always agree with all that they present but they do a good job of letting you know what is going on with your food supply BUY LOCAL!! "Action Alert from the Organic Consumers Association:" Congress Poised to Pass Bill Taking Away Right to Know What's in Your Food Tell your Congressman or Congresswoman to vote "No" on House of Representatives Bill H.R. 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act" The House of Representatives will vote this week on a controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law that will take away local government and states' power to require food safety food labels such as those required in California and other states on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning. This bill would also prevent citizens in local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients such as Monsanto's recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) be labeled. The House will vote March 2, 2006 on a bill that would gut state food safety and labeling laws. H.R. 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act," lowers the bar on food safety by overturning state food safety laws that are not "identical" to federal law. Hundreds of state laws and regulations are at risk, including those governing the safety of milk, fish, and shellfish. The bill is being pushed by large supermarket chains and food manufacturers, spearheaded by the powerful Grocery Manufacturers of America. Big food corporations and the biotech industry understand that consumers are more and more concerned about food safety, genetic engineering, and chemical-intensive agriculture, and are reading labels more closely. They understand that pesticide and mercury residues and hazardous technologies such as genetic engineering and food irradiation will be rejected if there are truthful labels required on food products. Industry-sponsored H.R. 4167 is gaining momentum and must be stopped! Act now! Preserve local and regional democracy and protect yourself and your family from unsafe food by sending an email or calling your Representative and urging them to vote "No" on H.R. 4167. Please Take Action Now--Send a Message to Your Congress Member in the House of Representatives to Vote "No" on H.R. 4167 And please call your Congress Member at 202-224-3121 Regards & Solidarity, Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION 6771 South Silver Hill Drive Finland, MN 55603 Phone: (218)- 226-4164 Fax: (218) 353-7652 __________________________________


  1. Thank you for the heads-up, Cheri. I sometimes shop at a local health food store that keeps customers informed about this type of pending legislation but hadn't heard anything on this one until now. Half the time the grocery store carries mis-labeled produce. The sign will say "California asparagus" and then the elastic around the vegetables will say Peru. Can't even trust labels when they have them.

  2. Cheri, I'm catching up on posts and just found yours! Thank you so much for the heads up! I will definitely make my opinion known, and pass it this information to all I know!

    Thank you, Christine

  3. Thank you for posting this. We agree with your assessment of this organization. Don't agree with everything, but they sure do a great job of researching and getting the word out!


    Lisa (JM's wife)


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