|Congress Letter On Bill HR-1599 for GMO Food Labeling
Response from my Congressmen, the part I find most disturbing is the underlined part in bold.
Dear Mr. Chagares:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the labeling of genetically engineered food. I appreciate your thoughts on this issue.
As you may know, a genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic
engineering techniques. GMOs have widespread applications. They are used in biological and medical research, production of pharmaceutical drugs, experimental medicine
(e.g. gene therapy) and agriculture (e.g. golden rice). To date the broadest application of GMO technology is patent protected food crops resistant to commercial herbicides,
which are able to produce pesticidal proteins from within the plant or stacked trait seeds. As of 2007, these technologies have been planted on 246 million acres throughout
the world, a growth of 13 percent from 2006.
However, there have been many controversies surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms. Some groups or individuals see the generation and use of a GMO as intolerable
meddling with biological states or processes that have naturally evolved over long periods of time, while others are concerned about the limitations of modern science to
fully comprehend all of the potential negative ramifications of genetic manipulation. The safety of GMOs in the food chain has been questioned, with concerns such as the
possibilities that GMOs could introduce new allergens into foods, or contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance. This has led to the adoption of laws and regulations that
require safety testing of any new organism produced for human consumption.
In order to combat these fears, many members of Congress have introduced legislation to shed light on these problems. There are currently two pending house bills related to
the labeling of GMOs. H.R. 913, the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (P.L. 75-717) to require
that any food that is genetically engineered or contains genetically engineered ingredients be labeled accordingly. H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act
would require that all new foods containing GMO ingredients being brought to the market must first undergo a review by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA). H.R. 1599 would also preempt any mandatory state labeling law, because genetically engineered foods would not be required to be labeled as such if they
are deemed safe by the FDA after review. Currently, H.R. 913 is pending in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. H.R. 1599 is currently pending in both the
House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the House Committee on Agriculture. As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, please rest assured I
will keep your views in mind as Congress continues to consider GMO labeling reform.
Again, I thank you for sharing your views with me. I hope you will continue to give me the benefit of your opinion in the future. In addition, I encourage you to visit my
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receive periodic updates on my activities as your representative in Washington. Thank you again for contacting me, and I look forward to continuing to serve you.
Member of Congress
Email I sent to my Congressmen
Bill HR-1599 just came out of the US House of representatives Agriculture Committee and will go to the floor for a vote in less than 2 weeks. This bill will
PREVENT "GMO FREE" LABELING of foods and food supplements and ban already state passed required GMO labeling laws. We will no longer be able to list
products as GMO Free! This is the mother of all Monsanto protection bills. If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention. Action is needed ASAP. Protect our
right to know what is in our food supply and protect our ability to label products that are GMO contaminated or GMO free.
My response to their answer.
As you know the FDA has approved thousands of products that have turned out to be deadly. The fact that they say that a food or drug is safe in its self is cause for
concern. For this reason we need accurate labeling so we can decide what we want to buy and consume. The only reason to remove this labeling is to protect the
corporations that are introducing these poisons for profit into our food supply. I will not vote for, support or reelect any congressmen that votes for this bill.
Pissed off voter