Public Hearings on GMO labeling bills: June 3rd and 11th

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On June 3rd and 11th, safe food advocates across the Commonwealth will have an opportunity to address their legislators in support of mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs).  State legislators are considering five GMO labeling bills. These public hearing come days after two neighboring states (VT and CT) each advanced GMO labeling legislation farther than anywhere else in the country.  Massachusetts has a chance to join them.

National polls consistently show that over 90% of consumers want GM ingredients labeled, but chemical manufacturers and junk food companies are spending millions to oppose our Right to Know- the same right that people in 62 other countries have! We have to speak up.

Massachusetts Right to Know GMOs is an emerging statewide network of safe food advocates that has been helping to increase awareness and support for labeling of GMO ingredients.

Want to know if your food is GMO?

3 ways to make your voice heard:

#1.  Attend one of these public hearings! June 3rd in Spencer and June 11th in Boston. (details below) Seeing a crowd of supporters will have an impact. Spread the word in person and on Facebook/Twitter!

#2.  Submit Testimony! We are forming panels of experts, consumers and concerned individuals.  We are also collecting written testimony to print and submit.  Please sign up or submit testimony using this form:  http://bit.ly/17wZPRX

#3. Call your State Representatives and let them know that you support GMO labeling.

Get your representatives phone number, here: http://www.malegislature.gov/people/findmylegislator

BONUS!: #4.  March Against Monsanto, global day of action May 25th with 300+ events worldwide, 5 in Mass! March-Against-Monsanto.com

These public hearings are an important part of the legislative process, and they need to hear from you!  We invite you to join us at either or both hearings to declare your right to know.

Massachusetts GMO Labeling Bills Hearings

June 3, 2013, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 
David Prouty High School  302 Main Street Spencer, MA 01562 Get Directions 
Details: http://1.usa.gov/17MDAHR
Please share the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/128204707376804/

June 11, 2013, 10:00 AM
MA State House, Room A-1
details: http://1.usa.gov/12Cjj23
Please share the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/527361627325700/

Sign up to submit testimony in person or in writing!  http://bit.ly/17wZPRX

Please join us for these demonstrations of public support for GMO labeling, and consider submitting testimony.  We have set up a form to submit testimony and to express your willingness to speak at either of the hearings.  We will be hosting conference calls to help people prepare for the hearing.  Our legislators need to hear from people across the state and from all walks of life.  If you cannot attend, you can still use the form and we’ll print and submit your testimony for you.

Why label GMOs?

Here a few reasons:

Most people have no idea: GMOs were quietly introduced into our food supply in the 90′s, and the FDA requires no safety testing or labeling, (even though FDA scientists stated concerns about potential dangers.)

People NEED to know: GMOs have not been proven safe, and in fact, a growing body of independent peer-reviewed studies have linked these foods to allergies, immune problems, infertility and cancers.

No Cost to Consumers or Food Producers:  Companies change their labeling all the time, and dozens of other countries have already introduced GMO labeling without increasing food costs.

GMO crops easily contaminate non-GMO crops, threatening the consumer’s ability to choose non-GMO foods.

Superweeds and pests have become resistant to GMO-affiliated herbicides and toxic pesticide use has increased

The free market is supposed to provide consumers with accurate information about products so we can make informed choices.

Massachusetts Right to Know GMOs is a statewide network of safe food advocates working together to reach a critical mass of awareness and support for mandatory labeling of Genetically Modified (GM) foods. We are educating our communities about the health and environmental risks associated with GM foods and making our voices heard:

We have a right to know what’s in our food!”

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