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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2014
CONTACT: Organic Consumers Association, Katherine Paul, 207.653.3090
FINLAND, Minn. – The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today called on
its million-plus network of consumers to help stop Rep. Mike Pompeo
from co-sponsoring a bill, written by the junk food industry, that would
preempt state and federal laws mandating the labeling of genetically
modified organisms in food.
“Consumers should be outraged that Rep. Pompeo, or any member of
Congress, would co-sponsor a bill written by industry, for the sole
purpose of protecting corporate and shareholder profits, when 90 percent
of Americans oppose the proposed legislation,” said Ronnie Cummins,
national director of the OCA.
“More evidence surfaces every day implicating GMO-contaminated food in a
long list of chronic illnesses. Until further, comprehensive,
independent safety testing is done on the impact of GMOs on human
health, consumers should at the very least be able to avoid those foods
by reading a label. This proposed bill would not only keep labels off of
our food, but it is a direct attack on states’ constitutional right to
pass laws to protect public health.”
POLITICO announced this morning that Pompeo plans to co-sponsor the GMA’s bill.
The news follows on the heels of last week’s comments
by FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg that the U.S. Food & Drug
Administration (FDA) plans to finalize guidance on the voluntary
labeling of GMOs, despite the growing body of scientific evidence that
GMOs, and the chemicals required to grow GMO crops, are potentially
damaging to human health.
For press inquiries, please contact Katherine Paul by email or phone: 207.653.3090207.653.3090
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organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The
Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic
Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative
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OCA Calls on Consumers to Persuade Rep. Pompeo to Abandon Plans to Support Industry Bill that Would Preempt GMO Labeling Laws
Pompeo signals he’ll co-sponsor GMA-written bill to preempt state and federal mandatory labeling of GMOs; OCA asks consumers to help stop Pompeo and urge him instead to support consumers’ and states’ rights
Organic Consumers Association, April 1, 2014