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TAKE ACTION: Tell President Obama to Veto This Sham GMO-Labeling Bill

TAKE ACTION: Tell President Obama to Veto This Sham GMO-Labeling Bill

(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to add me on Snapchat: maxorganic) Last week, the Senate exhibited absolutely no shame whatsoever and passed the Stabenow-Roberts GMO-Labeling “Compromise” bill 63-30. As I have written about before, this bill is an absolute joke and a total affront to all American citizens. Why? Because politicians […]

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Last week, the Senate exhibited absolutely no shame whatsoever and passed the Stabenow-Roberts GMO-Labeling “Compromise” bill 63-30.

As I have written about before, this bill is an absolute joke and a total affront to all American citizens. Why?

Because politicians do not want to anger major donors – Big Food and Big Chemical – by forcing them to disclose on the packaging of food labels whether it contains genetically-engineering ingredients or not.

The reason, we have been told, is that politicians don’t want frighten consumers into thinking that genetically-engineering food is unsafe. So, instead, the compromise is to allow them to use QR codes, which are cumbersome and completely discriminatory. Not only that, but the entire piece of legislation is full of loopholes and it will make the GMO-labeling bills in Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, and Alaska illegal.

By approval this bill, these Senators have completely ignored the wishes of American citizens – polls consistently show that 90% of people want GMO-labels – and have put the interest of corporations way ahead of consumers.

Senator Barbara Boxer calls this bill a “sham and an embarrassment”, the New York Times wrote that this bill is a “flawed approach to labeling genetically-modified food” and even the FDA has serious issues with it!

Nevertheless, it sailed through a heavily-influenced Senate and House of Representatives over the past week.

As such, our last hope will be with President Obama, who could do the right thing and veto this sham of a bill.

In 2007 when running for office (see video below), President Obama promised to label GMOs and absolutely did not have QR codes in mind when he made this statement.

So, please sign this e-petition and let him know that this Stabenow-Roberts “non-labeling” bill is completely unacceptable and that he must reject it.

Also, please call the White House (202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414) and ask the President Obama to veto S. 764 (the Stabenow-Roberts bill).

Thank you so much for your concern.

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27 Comments

  • Laura Childs says:

    Dear President,
    Please veto S. 764 – The Stabenow-Roberts Bill. I believe we all should have the option of knowing what is in our food, it is pretty sad that we are having to fight for the right to know. In fact if GMO food is so safe then why is there such a fight to keep it from being labeled?

  • A. Tripp says:

    I urge you to defend democracy, transparency, States’ Rights, and every American’s right to know — as you promised — and VETO this fascist, anti-democratic bill.

    Mr. President, I voted for you twice — now please do the RIGHT THING and VETO S.764. This pro-BigAg/chemical-polluters, anti-consumer fake GMO (Non-)”labeling” bill is a TRAVESTY. As consumers, we have the RIGHT TO KNOW what is in our food — as you promised during your campaign for 2008. This small, easily-solved issue of on-package labeling, in 4-5 words (working fine in Vermont and already printed and distributed by most big food corporations with no problems), is vitally important to many millions of us (polls consistently show over 90% want GMOs to be clearly labeled). This twisted, ugly, bribe-filled attempt to SUPPRESS our crucial right to know what we eat daily would have immediate and future disastrous effects… Along with trampling on the right of all Americans to accurate labeling, S.764 would discriminate to further disenfranchise 100 million Americans. But providing us clear GMO labeling — as demanded and defined by consumers (as in Vermont) — NOT corporations — along with respecting instead of overturning and crushing States’ Rights (especially when accurate labeling can’t hurt or kill anybody) IS THE LITMUS TEST OF OUR DEMOCRACY!

    With NO enforcement, NO penalties whatsoever, full of confusing loopholes and open definitions that would exempt around 85% of current GMOs (i.e. high-fructose corn syrup, and a LOT more) and ALL newer-method GMOs from being counted, and would make possible infinite delays in agreeing on terms to begin “legal” definitions for a non-enforceable “law ,” this bill is a bad joke. Adding insult to serious injury to democracy and to American consumers, S.764 would also allow producers to hide GMOs behind digital QR codes, puzzles only scannable by Smart Phones with special apps, internet access and spare time, essentially discriminatory against a THIRD (100 million) of all Americans!

    I urge you to defend democracy, transparency, States’ Rights, and every American’s right to know — as you promised — and VETO this fascist, anti-democratic bill.

    Sincerely,
    A. Tripp

  • Joy says:

    I sincerely believe you honestly care about ‘THE LITTLE PEOPLE with no voice or very little of their own to object to unjust treatment by Congress etc. Please veto this unjust bill funded by Monsanto etc, and let us have the knowledge we need to feed ourselves and children in the best way possible..We are counting on your veto..

  • Janet Damon-Atlas says:

    President Obama,

    Please veto S. 764 – The Stabenow-Roberts Bill. We Americans need to know what is in our food, what we put into our bodies. this is such an uncaring bill.

  • Carol wiggins says:

    Pres. Obama, you promised many years ago to pass law so I can know what I am putting in my babies and I stomach. We have LABLIng laws now. What makes GMOs not applicable to this law. This is an additive . PLEASE VETO THIS LEGISTRATION .

  • kATHRYN BROWN says:

    YOU PROMISED–NOW LIVE UP TO THAT PROMISE AND VETO THE EVIL DARK ACT!!!!!

  • Donald E Lewis says:

    Mr President, The Government by the people for the people was the standard for along time. Big business supported by the EPA, FDA etc. It changed to Government for the votes and the heck with the people but for the Monster big Companies. One of the biggest is Monsanto with 35 lobbyist in DC and plants on every Agriculture Committee. Also 53 billion dollars to influence. The serious problems it costs the farmers 200 dollars an acre to plant GMO corn with all weed and insect control injected in the seed. I call them test tube farmers. If there is a failure and there has been it is the tax payers having to pay. It is never the Companies that cause the problem. GMO Change the genes by mixing different species with the natural.
    Herbicide weed control a hormone that grows the weeds so fast they wilt. I used it one year in 1949 and never again. I is now found in human blood and Mother breast milk. Farmer logic it is cause Autism in Children. Fifty percent to have it by 2025. Same herbicide used in Vietnam collared Orange. Veterans dying of caner young and malformed children not saved. Tax payers again and not the maker. Money talks and the truth is ignored.
    I have been told I was ahead of time in Organic. I say no I was on time and you are behind time.

  • Carolyn Sorensen says:

    We have the right to know what is in our food!!! Please veto the fake labeling bill!!!

  • Lisa Malmgren says:

    Mr. President,
    This bill cannot be signed. We as the American people should have the right to choose what we want to put into our bodies. Please do not bend to the wealthy and the lobbyists it is not the American people that they have in their best interest it is their very own pockets.
    I for one want to be able to know and be able to do my due diligence in deciding what I want to purchase and that is what everyone one of us should have the ability to do.
    So please do not sign this bogus bill.

  • Elizabeth Malmberg says:

    Dear President Obama,

    I am fully in agreement with my colleagues – we are relying on you to stand behind your statement that you would see that all foods containing GMO’s would be labeled as such. Please be a man of your word and follow through with what you said back in 2007. The people have spoken and It is our right to know.

  • Tima says:

    We have the right to know what’s hidden inside our food… and we have the right to decide if we want it or not!!!!
    PLEASE do not sign

  • Laurie says:

    You spoke in the past and said that you would see that all foods containing GMO’s would be labeled as such. Please be a man of your word and follow through with what you said back in 2007. The people have spoken and It is our right to know.

  • Pamela Hatfield says:

    I believe that ALL food should be labelled…………is it any wonder that most of the world will NOT import our foods – they are poison – LABEL ABEL LABEL – anything else is manipulative BULL SHIT and this is not country that I can live in or be proud .

  • Laura Collins says:

    I’m a hard-working public school teacher and single parent who wants to spend additional money to buy clean, whole, organic foods that are unaltered by science. Why shouldn’t I expect this right to feed myself and my family as I choose and have the support of my government to know what we are eating?
    President Obama – please know I have supported you in office since first voting for you in 2008. I am truly disappointed with the way Washington bows to the wealthy. Food is basic to our living and survival. Please do not deny the American people the right to KNOW what is in their food!! I implore you!

  • Aloha Mr. Obama,
    You have got to take action on this GMO bill.
    We all want to know exactly what we are eating.
    Personally, I prefer NOT to eat GMO foods. I want tot be sure that I am safe from those items containing GMO.
    Please protect me and make sure they label correctly, you know that is pono.
    Mahalo,
    Jill

  • Sharon says:

    Please protect the rights of the people.

  • Donna says:

    Since you will not stop the production of GMO, which is seriously damaging our farmland and polluting our water with runoff. at least let the people who want to avoid eating the toxins have a way of avoiding and eating them. We have a right to know what is in our food. GMO can cause serious health issues with seniors and children at high risk. There are 3rd world countries that ban GMO food from being produced. The biggest fear of the American people is that the U.S. is becoming a 3rd world country by trade policies and corporate interest benefiting those who would destroy our democracy. VETO THE GMO LABELING BILL.

  • Teri Paquette says:

    We have the right to know what is in our food and decide accordingly!!! That is what a democracy should be about. Freedom to choose. I do not want all those chemicals in my food and I have a right to have food labeled so I know what I don’t want to purchase or eat.

  • Maxine says:

    President Obama , please give us the opportunity to know what we eat as consumers. Please veto this bill and give us the chance to have choices and to eat healthily. Thanks for being the great president you are.

  • Maxine says:

    President , please give us the opportunity to know what we eat as consumers. Please veto this bill and give us the chance to eat healthily. Thanks for being the great president you are.

  • Maxine says:

    Please , allow us the opportunity to know details about what we eat. Veto bill. Thanks

  • Whitney Linard says:

    President Obama we ask that as a free American country and for the sake of future generations that you veto this bill. It’s a sham and and a complete abomination to our rights as American citizens. We are a nation founded on the right to know and freedom of speech as well as the right to make judgment calls as to what we want in our nation. We want to know what’s in our foods. Please stop this ludicrous bill before it causes more harm than it already has. Vote no on the DARK act 2.0.

  • Leslie Cain says:

    Keep your campaign promise and don’t let the bribery cloud your judgment! Remember, it is the HOUSE OF U.S. REPRESENTATIVES for the PEOPLE, not the house of Mon SATANo and Big Ag.

    Simply do the right thing.

  • Laurie Reese says:

    President Obama,

    Please, you MUST protect the rights of consumers.

  • Connie Harpee says:

    Name your poison!!!!

  • Think of your children and grandchildren…stop this madness.

  • JILL Slawson says:

    President Obama!!!!
    Your beautiful girls and their future children and your future Grandchildren deserve to know what is in their food!

    I URGE YOU TO VOTE AGAINST THE DARK ACT2.0. VETO THIS FAKE GMO LABELING BILL!!

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