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Thanks to the hard work of you, The Just Label it Campaign, and more than 450 partner businesses and organizations from across the nation, more than 300,000 comments have been submitted to the FDA in support of labeling genetically engineered food.

Three hundred thousand is a great start, but we have a long way to go. It’s time to build on the great momentum we’ve created. Our efforts are working and it’s not too late for those who haven’t taken action to still get involved. Just leave your comment at Just Label It today!

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By: The Center For Food Safety

Original URL:
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5452

Last week the Center for Food Safety filed a formal legal petition with FDA demanding that the agency require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. The petition was the result of many months of legal work and raises several arguments showing why FDA must change its current policy and require labeling. Now, we are spearheading a drive with over 350 other organizations and businesses in the Just Label It! Campaign, to direct one million comments to the FDA in support of our petition.

Unsuspecting consumers by the tens of millions are being allowed to purchase and consume unlabeled genetically engineered foods, despite the fact that FDA undertakes no testing of its own, instead relying only on a voluntary consultation with industry and confidential industry data to assure safety. Internal FDA documents discovered in prior CFS litigation actually indicated the foods could pose serious risks, but those views were overruled.

Currently, up to 85 percent of U.S. corn is genetically engineered, as are 91 percent of soybeans and 88 percent of cotton (cottonseed oil is often used in food products). According to industry, up to 95% of sugar beets are now GE, although the decision to commercialize GE sugar is currently under legal challenge by CFS. It has been estimated that upwards of 70 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves–from soda to soup, crackers to condiments–contain genetically engineered ingredients.

Genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in the 15 European Union nations, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries around the world. The United States is one of the only countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling of GE food!

In America, we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don’t have that choice when it comes to GE ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families. In fact, a recent poll released by ABC News found that 93 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. As ABC News stated, “Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.”

Americans have been asking Congress to pass a labeling law for more than 10 years, to no avail. It’s time to take the fight back to FDA—bigger and louder than ever before.

Please send your comment to FDA in support of CFS’s petition and to President Obama in support of mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods!

Click on the Original URL at the top of this article and support us now!

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You Don’t Have to Stand Alone Against Genetically Engineered Food (GMOs)!

Together Let’s Demand GMO Labeling Now!

Join the GMO Right2Know March Oct 1-16, 2011

Most Americans agree we have a right to know what’s in our food, and a right to choose safe, healthy food for our families and ourselves. And yet 80% of the packaged foods in America contain Genetically Engineered ingredients that have not been proven safe, and are not labeled!

Between October 1st and October 16th of this year, marchers from all across the country will be walking from New York City to the White House, in Washington DC, demanding labeling of all Genetically Engineered Foods, in what has come to be called the GMO Right2Know march. Come walk with us – step-by-step we will take back our Right to Know!

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) endanger our health, the environment, and our farmer’s livelihoods. For too long, biotechnology companies like Monsanto have lobbied against labeling products containing their patented plants – plants which are specially designed to be sprayed with cancer-causing weed-killers, and plants which produce pesticides in every one of their cells.

The GMO Right2Know March is the first of it’s kind in America, and will have daily events between its kickoff in New York City and its finale at the White House, in Washington, DC. Come for the knowledgeable speakers, fun presentations, camping, and much, much more! Now is your chance to make your voice heard. We will win back our Right to Know what’s in our food – one step at a time!

Sign up, bring a group, and join the Right2Know community! We are looking for walkers, bikers, drivers, volunteers, cheerleaders, hosts, and any other supporters out there!

Join us as we march from New York City to the White House in Washington DC from October 1 – October 16, 2011 for this historic march.

Why Get Involved?

These recent actions have created momentum to rally for the right to know about GMOs:

The decisions by the USDA to approve genetically modified Round-Up Ready™alfalfa seeds to be grown without restrictions.
The court decision to hold Bayer responsible for the LibertyLink contamination of rice.
The pre-emptive action by organic farmers and seed sellers to sue Monsanto for protection from patents on genetically
modified seed.
The growth of the U.S. organic industry to $28.6 billion in 2010
The participation of hundreds of companies in the Non-GMO Project Grassroots organizing of the March 26th Right to Know Rallies and the response of 68,478 letters to Congress asking for GMO Labeling.

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Nationwide, October 16, 2011: World Food Day Rallies for the Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Foods
In the United States, there are few causes that nine out of ten people support, but 90% of consumers agree that we deserve the right to know about genetically engineered foods.

If almost everyone wants them, why aren’t there labels on genetically engineered foods? Because we haven’t yet built up a large enough movement to force companies, grocery stores, and elected public officials to bend to the peoples’ will. That’s what OCA’s Millions Against Monsanto campaign is all about.

We have an opportunity now to greatly increase involvement and action in the Millions Against Monsanto campaign for labels on genetically engineered foods.

Please join us in your area on World Food Day, October 16, 2011, for one of numerous local events in the Millions Against Monsanto Right to Know campaign.

Volunteer for the Millions Against Monsanto campaign

RSVP for World Food Day on Facebook

Find out what’s happening where you live

Read more about World Food Day

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JUST GOT THIS IN FROM THE ORGANIC CONSUMER’S ASSOCIATION:

As part of OCA’s Millions Against Monsanto Truth-in-Labeling Campaign we are encouraging activists in our network to plan their own campaign event with others in their area. This email is to inform you that there are upcoming events near you, organized by grassroots organizers who care about the GE-labeling issue as much as you do.

Food Activist Pamm Larry, who is spearheading the effort to get GMO Labeling on the California Ballot in 2012 (labelGMOs.org), is speaking at a series of informational events in your area. The goal is to pass a voter initiative on the November 2012 ballot that would require all foods containing GMOs to be labeled.

These meetings are for activists to come together to learn about the initiative, how we suggest being activists in your community and organizing into a new cohesive group. We will be asking for folks to think about committees they want to be on and assign a point person.

Please come ready to “roll your sleeves up” and get to work on what is
sure to be a historic ballot measure.

Thursday, August 4th, Redway
Time: 4pm
1055 Redway Dr., Redway
Contact: Pamm 530-570-6827 plarry@labelgmos.org

Friday, August 5th, Fairfax, Marin County
Time: 6:30pm
Potluck at Mark’s House, 212 Frustuck Ave, Fairfax
Contact: Pamm at plarry@labelgmos.org for location

Saturday, August 6th, San Francisco
Time: 12pm
Center for Political Education, 522 Valencia (@16th St.), Mission District
Contact: Pamm 530-570-6827 plarry@labelgmos.org
Co-sponsored by California Biosafety Alliance http://biosafetyalliance.org/

After the meeting, there will be a short documentary called “Biodiversity Without GMO Crops” and information about the “Justice Begins With Seeds” conference in San Francisco September 16-17, 2011.

Sunday, August 7th, Berkeley
Time: 11am
Renegade Health Office, 2490 5th Street, Berkeley
Contact: Kevin Gianni kevingianni@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 9th, Grass Valley
Time: 7pm
Briarpatch Community Room, 290 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley
Contact: Pamm 530-570-6827 plarry@labelgmos.org

Wednesday, August 10th, Chico
Time: 5:30pm
Upper Crust, 130 Main St., Chico
Contact: Pamm 530-570-6827 plarry@labelgmos.org

Sunday, August 14th, Sacramento
Time: 3pm
The Learning Center, Sacramento Natural Foods Cooperative, 1900 Alhambra Blvd.
Contact: Pamm 530-570-6827 plarry@lablegmos.org

Then Pamm will be on a panel after the Slow Foods of Sacramento screening of “The End Of The Line” that evening at 7pm at The Guild Theater, 2828 35th St.
Visit http://www.labelgmos.org to find out more about the ballot initiative efforts.

Join your local OCA chapter and keep up to date on the food and farming news in California here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/state/CA.cfm

Can’t attend, but want to organize your own event? Email us at chapters@organicconsumers.org and we’ll help you out any way we can!

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Worldwatch’s Nourishing the Planet team emphasizes urban agriculture as a means of increasing food security, empowering women, and protecting the environment.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 24, 2011 – Today, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) was informed by Assemblymember Huffman’s office that they have decided to hold AB 88—the California bill which would require that all genetically engineered (GE) fish sold in California contain clear and prominent labeling—as a 2-year bill. This means it will not be up for a second vote in the Appropriations Committee this week and will instead be held until next year when it will go through the committee process again. This will give CFS and other organizations working on the bill more time to educate California legislators about the importance of this bill and its role in protecting consumer’s right to know how they’re food is produced.

read more from the Center for Food Safety’s website:

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