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On Tuesday our movement delivered a letter to the United States Senate reaffirming our request for mandatory, on pack, clear disclosure of GMOs.  More than 600 companies, local and national organizations, farmers and healthcare institutions stood together to represent the 9 out of 10 Americans who want GMOs labeled.  We, the citizens and consumers of the United States, deserve to know what is in our food.  We can not allow industry interests to trump our personal rights any longer.  We are asking you to join us!  Click HERE to sign on! 

The opposition criticized our coalition’s sign on letter by claiming it was signed by “a bewildering assortment of groups.”  They are correct, GMO labeling is supported by a large assortment of groups, that’s what happens when 90% of Americans agree on something. We are a broad and inclusive coalition and that is why we are beating back the most powerful industries on the planet.   They are not used to losing.  Our extensive and diverse coalition is in stark contrast to the opposition which reads like a list of  top political campaign contributors including the Soybean Growers Association, the Farm Bureau, The Grocery Manufacturers Association, The Corn Growers Association and The Food Marketing Institute.  The Senate can not and will not trust industry stakeholders worried about their bottom line over everyday fork holders who make up the 90% of  Americans who want the right to choose what to feed themselves and their families.

Please send a strong message to our Senators and sign the letter on behalf of your organization, farm or business and ask all your contacts to do the same.  In four months the citizens of VT will enjoy the right to know what is in their food.  We must protect the VT GMO labeling law and the rights of all states to pass GMO labeling laws.

See below for the sign on letter and the list of all who have signed on to date.

Dear Senator,

The undersigned 607 groups are writing on behalf of millions of American consumers and citizens. Collectively, our organizations, which have worked on the issue of GMO labeling for many years, represent the 9 out of 10 Americans who want to know if the food they purchase has been produced with genetic engineering.

We support the ability, indeed the right, of states to pass laws requiring labels on genetically engineered food. In July, the State of Vermont is set to implement a GMO labeling law that was thoroughly vetted and passed in 2014. Further, states like Massachusetts and Rhode Island are expected to enact labeling this spring and Connecticut is likely to remove the “trigger” that has prevented implementation up to this point. New York, Minnesota and other states are expected to follow shortly. Our movement has been careful to harmonize labeling requirements with our state legislative allies and there is no difficult patchwork to navigate. The federal government should take the time it needs to enact proper national labeling, and not take any action that would preempt or delay Vermont’s democratically enacted law.

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis believed states are “laboratories of democracy.” We should allow Vermont to lead the way by carrying out the will of the people. It is clear that companies are already preparing to comply with Vermont’s law at no additional cost to consumers. Five of the country’s largest food companies (Campbell’s, General Mills, Mars, Kellogg’s, and ConAgra) have already notified consumers that they have chosen to label GMOs nationwide in addition to Vermont. Yet many of the same companies are pressuring the Senate into enacting a weak national program that would fall well short of requiring such labeling before the Vermont law takes affect. The marketplace reality after Vermont’s implementation will clarify what a national standard should look like.

Once the Vermont law is implemented, we encourage the federal government to pass a mandatory, on-package, nationwide standard that would label all foods produced with the use of genetic engineering so that all Americans will have the ability to make their own decisions about what to feed themselves and their families.

A federal law would have our full support if it includes the following:

  • Requires mandatory labeling;
  • Food products must be labeled as genetically engineered when .9% or more of the product’s total weight are produced from genetic engineering.
  • Requires labels to identify, via words visible on the package, the food or ingredients in the food as “genetically engineered”, “produced with genetic engineering” or “partially produced with genetic engineering”.
  • Requires labels to be on all foods that are genetically engineered and the definition of “genetic engineering” should be identical to the definition of “modern biotechnology” as recognized by Codex Alimentarius:“ “Modern Biotechnology” means the application of:

i) In vitro nucleic acid techniques, including recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and direct injection of nucleic acid into cells or organelles, or
ii) Fusion of cells beyond the taxonomic family, that overcome natural physiological reproductive or recombinant barriers and that are not techniques used in traditional breeding and selection.”

We oppose labeling proposals for genetically engineered foods that allow foods to be identified with QR codes or barcodes, phone numbers, websites or in-store information that isn’t directly on the food label or other signage directly at the point of selection. Consumers should not have to play hide and seek while on phone lines and websites for each product they buy at point of sale, to determine whether or not a product contains GMOs. Nor should this information be hidden behind a digital curtain that is not easily accessed or accessible to everyone. QR codes require the use of a smartphone, and surveys show that not everyone has these devices: roughly half of people in rural areas and three-quarters of people over 65 do not have a smartphone.1 Another study found that only 21% of American smartphone owners have ever scanned a QR code.2 We would accept the use of bin or shelf labels for produce and other commodities that do not bear individual labels but, if the genetically engineered food has a label or package, it should say, “genetically engineered.”

Consumers have a myriad of reasons for wanting to know if GMOs are in the food they are eating including potential health concerns, environmental impacts, religious practices and ethical
concerns. There is new urgency for labeling of genetically engineered food. A large majority of GMO food crops have been engineered to withstand the weed killer glyphosate. Between 1996, when GMO food crops were first approved for use in U.S. agriculture, and 2012, glyphosate use in agriculture increased from roughly 20 million pounds to 280 million pounds.3 Today, glyphosate is by far the most widely used pesticide in U.S. agriculture. Last year, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer unanimously concluded that glyphosate, an herbicide previously thought to be relatively benign by pesticide regulators, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”4 Labeling of GMO foods would allow consumers concerned about potential residues to minimize their glyphosate exposure. Widespread herbicide use on GMO crops throughout the Corn Belt also appears primarily responsible for a large decline in monarch butterfly populations, due to wiping out most of the milkweed on which the Monarch butterfly depends for food.5

We are asking for the right to know what is in our food so that Americans can choose what to feed themselves and their families. This is a right the citizens of 64 other countries already enjoy. Americans should not have to jump through hoops to know what is in their food. Please allow Vermont’s GMO labeling law to take effect in July and then stand with your constituents and support a federal on package, clear, mandatory GMO labeling law.

1 Smith, A. 2015. U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015. At: http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/01/chapter-one-a-portrait-of- smartphone-ownership/
2 Kolowich, L. 2014. Are QR Codes Dead? At: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/qr-codes-dead
3 US Geologic Service. Pesticide National Synthesis Project. At: http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pnsp/usage/maps/show_map.php?year=2005&map=GLYPHOSATE&hilo=L

4 http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf
5 “Flockhart et al. 2015. Unraveling the annual cycle in a migratory animal: breeding season habitat loss drives population declines of monarch butterflies. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84(1): 155-165.
At: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2656.12253/abstract”

Sincerely,

National:

Allergy Kids Foundation
Alliance for Natural Health USA
American Anti-Vivisection Society
Anne Marie Gianni Skin Care
Arizay
Biosafety Alliance
CATA
Center for Food Safety
Chef Shack
Chiron Communications
Citizens For GMO Labeling
Consumer Federation of America
Council for Responsible Genetics CounterCorp
Earth Open Source Institute
Epidemic Answers
Experimental Farm Network
Family Farm Defenders
Farm Aid
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
Farm Sanctuary
Food & Water Watch
Friends of the Earth
GMO Action Alliance
GMO Free USA
GMO Inside
Goodboy Organics
Green America
Heal the Planet
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Institute for Responsible Technology Kohne Camera & Photo
LaRocca Vineyards
Lundberg Family Farms
Mangrove Action Project
Moms Across America
Moms Advocating Sustainability
Moms Voices
Natural Grocers
Natures Path Foods, Inc.
Non-GMO Project
Northeast Organic Farming Association - Interstate Council
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance Organic and NonGMO report
Our Family Farms
Planetary Health, Inc./Amberwaves Popular Resistance

Presence Marketing
Rainforest Relief
Rodale Institute
Rural Advancement Foundation International Sierra Club
Slow Food USA
Soil Not Oil Coalition
The Cornucopia Institute
Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC)
Weston A. Price Foundation
Women, Food and Agriculture Network

Alaska:

Alaska Trollers Association

Arizona:

GMO Free Arizona

California:

Awake at Work
Be The Change
Bodywise Pilates Studio
California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) California State Guild
Central California Environmental Justice Network
Comite Civico del Valle
Coordinadora Independencia Los Angeles Coalition
Daily Digital Imaging
Danza Mexica Cuauhtémoc
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
Earth Source Organics
Ecobutterfly Organics
Environmental Voices
Erin Shrode For Congress
Farms Not Arms
Food Empowerment Project
Four Seasons Ag Consulting

Frey Vineyards, Ltd.
Friends of Atascadero Wetlands
GMO Free Sonoma
Good Earth Natural Foods
Harpo’s Organics
Hunger Action Los Angeles
Institute For Health And Healing Jimbo’s….Naturally!!
Label GMOs Sonoma County Labelgmos.org
Lindner Bison Heritage Ranch Lundberg Family Farms Mammavation
Media Alliance
Moms For Safe Food
Nepalese Paper
New Earth Resources
Nutiva
Occidental Arts And Education Center Organic Sacramento
Other Worlds
Peaceroots Alliance
Quest
Rancho de los Proyectos
Real Food Program
Riverdance Farms
Sacramento Community Grange
Seed Library of Los Angeles
Slow Food California
Slow Food Santa Cruz
Stephanie Webb Consulting
The Healing Spiral
True Nourishment
Turing Green
Unconventional Medicine
Windheim EMF Solutions
Wookey Ranch
Yo Soy Maiz

Colorado:

350 Ft. Collins
Be The Change - USA
Beehive Chocolates LLC
Citizens for a Healthy Ft Collins
Colorado Springs Public Market
Earth and Sky Architecture
Earthly Ideas LLC
Eco-Justice Ministries

Eco-Officiency
Ela Family Farms
Ethical Eating Task Force - First Universalist of Denver
Hope Farms
Indian Ridge Farm
MM Local
Mo’ Betta
Green MarketPlace
MyTherapyCompany, LLC
Right to Know Colorado
The Fort Collins Food Co-Operative
The North Fork LLC
Western Colorado Congress
Your Organic Life
Zeal - food for enthusiasts

Connecticut:

Activate CT
Bakery on Main
Catch a Healthy Habit
Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut ConnFACT
Dinner at the Farm
Endless Endeavors
Fairfield County Democracy For America GMO Free CT
GMO Free Fairfield
GMO Free Hartford
GMO Free Litchfield
GMO Free Middlesex
GMO Free New Haven
GMO Free New London
GMO Free Tolland
GMO Free Windham
Grassroots food labeling group 2016 Grassroots West Hartford
Hale Hill Biofuels, Inc.
Holcomb Farm
Holistic Health Counselor Jeny Sarwar Lachat Town Farm
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA)
Old Solar Farm
Pinpoint Fitness
River Tavern
Shundahai Farm
Sierra Club CT

Sustainable Food Systems, LLC
The Children’s Tree Montessori Inc Water Partnership, Guilford, CT
Wells Hill Farm
Winvian Farn

Delaware:

Harvest Market Natural Foods

Florida:

Attain
Broward County Democratic Black Caucus Ecology Party of Florida
Farmworker Association of Florida
GMO Free Florida
Interfaith Justice League
Miramar Democratic Club
Nature’s Food Patch
Pink Horizons Skin Care
The Relationship Institute
Treehugger Organic Farms
Whole Hearted Parenting
YAYA-NFWM

Hawai’i:

Hawai`i SEED
Babes Against Biotech

Idaho:

GMO Free Idaho

Illinois:

Barrington Natural Farms
Brackett Farm
Earth First Farm
Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition Heartland Cafe
Illinois Right To Know GMO Illinois
Stewardship Alliance KYF Chicago
Montalbano Farms
PrairiErth Farm
Robin’s Frozen Fantasty
Sandhill Family Farms
Seven Sisters Farm
Trogg’s Hollow Farm

Indiana:

Dr. Donald Huber, Perdue University Emerald Isle Organic Farm

Iowa:

Bloom and Bark Farm, LLC
DesMoines County Farmers and Neighbors for Optimal Health
Dubuque Food Coop
Family Farm & Crop Advisory Business Family Farmer
FarmTable Delivery
Green Dubuque
H. H. Beck Century Farm
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Iowa Farmers Union
Iowa right to know
New Family Farm
New Pioneer Food Co-op
Pin Oak Place
Steamy Wonder Spa Company
The Organic & Non-GMO Report
Tim Blair MD, PLLC
Ulgan’s Fields, LLLP
Vlieger Family Farms

Kentucky:

Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets Slow Food Bluegrass

Maine:

Food for Maine’s Future Local Food Rules
One Fish Foundation

Maryland:

Bear Haven Farm
CEM Design
Delish Dish GMOfreeMARYLAND Zosimos Botanicals LLC

Massachusetts:

Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company Alderbrook Farm
Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream
Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) Berkshire Organics

Better Life Whole Foods Boston Organics
Chicopee Center Chiropractic Choose Wiser
Cronig’s Market
Delicious Living Nutrition
Foxfire Marine Consulting, LLC
MA Right to Know GMOs
Matt’s Cookie Bars
Natural Awakenings Boston
Neptune’s Harvest
New Life Design
Northampton Genetic Crimes Unit (Occupy Monsanto)
Northeast Organic Farmers Association of Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass)
Occupy Hingham
Old Creamery Co-op
Real Pickles Cooperative, Inc.
River Valley Co-op
Summit Farm
The Green Dad
Worcester Food Policy Council

Michigan:

Allegan Historic Farm and Learning Center Bodenomics, LLC
Dr. Jayne Courts, MD
Dr. Paul Keck

Earthkeeper Farm
GCC Organics
Malski Produce
MI Chapter of Sierra Club
Moss Funnel Farm
Naturopathic Doctor Melissa Malinkowski NoGMO4Michigan

Nourishing Ways of West MI Two Sparrows Farm LLC
West Michigan Growers Group West Michigan Paleo/Primal Tribe

Minnesota:

Humming for Bees Purple Prairie Right to Know MN Save our Monarchs

Save our Sky Blue Waters

Mississippi:

Computer Co-op
Fair Trade Green
Mississippi Says No to GMOs Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative Right To Know GMO Mississippi

Montana:

Hermans Eco Inc.
Organic Seed Alliance Sustainable Living Systems

Nebraska:

Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society

Nevada:

Ahora Latino Journal
Churchill Butte Organics
GMO Free Nevada
GMO Free Nevada, Las Vegas Chapter Grassroots Action Network

Great Basin Food Co-op
Housekeeping Secrets
Label GMO Nevada
Progressive Legislative Alliance of Nevada Reno Skywatch

Wellsbuilt Farm

New Hampshire:

202 Main Street Health and Wellness Center 8 limbs Holistic Health, LLC
Abenaki Springs Farm
Advanced Allergy

AIMA of Nashua, PLLC
American Imaging Technologies
Applied Solar Technologies
Ariana’s Restaurant
Bennington Gardens
Blueberry Fields
Chimney Crickett
Chiropractic First
Co-op Food Stores
Complete Land Organics
Crossroads Chiropractic
Crossroads Family Medicine and Pediatrics
Dhabi’s Daylilies

Earthward Natural Foods
Elior Acres, LLC
Embrace A Better You
Field to Fork Farm
Gap Mountain Goats
Heidelberg Farms
HomeFree, LLC
Hungry Bear Farm
Institute for Naturopathic Health
Las Olas Taqueria
Joshua Bourdon, NH Candidate for Executive Council District #3
Maple Frost Farm
Meridian Construction Corp
Micro Mama’s LLC
Monadnock Food Co-op
Moose Realty
New Earth Organic Farm
New Field Farm
NH Accents Fine Crafts, LLC
Daniel Weeks, Candidate for NH Executive Council District #5
NH Live GMO Free or Die
NH Right To Know GMO
NH State Representative James W. McConnell
NH State Representative Valerie Fraser
Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New Hampshire (NOFA- NH)
Nourishing Wellness
Renaissance Acres Tree Care
Roth and Associates LLC
Stamp Stampede
Stonegate farm and flowers
Templeton Family Organics
The Counseling Studio
The Fresh Plate Bakery
The Medicine Store Pharmacy
The Wellness Corner
W.S. Badger Company, Inc.
What’s Next Professional Coaching
Wise Way Wellness Center

New Jersey:

350NJ
A Healthier You
Advocates for Justice
Animal Rights Activists of New Jersey
Barbara Wilson Registered Dietitian LLC
Bee-Lieve Hive Products Hammonton
Beechtree Farm Hopewell
Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission
Burlington County Young Democrats

Bus For Progress
Camden County Chickens NJ
Caroline’s Interior Decorating
Center for Environmental Transformation Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War Citizens For A Clean Pompton Lakes
Clean Naturally, LLC
Coastal Monmouth Democratic Club
Collingswood Community Garden
Community Green
Community Growers Exchange
Collingswood Deans Natural Food Markets
DO Health & Wellness
Donna Connor Photography NJ
Earthsource
Eat Well, Live Well
Espressit Coffee Shop
Foodshed Alliance
Franciscan Response to Fracking
Genesis Farm
GMO Awareness of Iowa
GMO Free NJ
Grace Tavern Philadelphia
Green Party of Monmouth County
Haddon Township Community Garden
Harmony Starts
Honeylove Soaps
J and M Home Services Southampton
Jane’s Kitchen
Library Seed Bank
Merchantville Market Off Center
Monk’s Cafe Philadelphia
Mountain Lakes Organic Co-op
National Organization for Women (NOW) of NJ
NJ PDA
NJ State Industrial Union Council
Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ)
Northern NJ Chaper of National Organization for Women
Northjersey Pipeline Walkers
Nourishing Ways Nutrition and Learning Center, LLC.
Nutrition Prescription LLC
On The Go Cafe’ LLC
Our Yards Farm Haddon Heights
Planting Seeds of HOPE

Ramsey Farmers Market
Raritan Headwaters Association
SKC Group LLC
Skylands Group, NJ Sierra Club
Slow Food Northern NJ
South Jersey Fair Trade Alliance
South Jersey Organic Garden Club
South Jersey Seed Circle
St. Mary’s Advocates for Justice
St. Mary’s Franciscan Parish, Pompton Lakes St. Mary’s Franciscan Response to Fracking, GMOs and Climate Change
Stonybrook Meadows
Sunshine Interiorscapes
T and F drugs
The Belgian Cafe Philadelphia
The Great Full Garden
Transition Newton & Northwest NJ Weehawken Food Co-op
Whole Earth Center
Wilcox Works, LLC
Wilk Benefits Consulting, LLC

New Mexico:

Camino de Paz School & Farm GMO-Free New Mexico
La Montanita Coop
Mixing Bowl Kitchen ProgressNow New Mexico

New York:

Atlantic (NY) Chapter of Sierra Club Brooklyn Bridge CSA
Cayuga Lake Food Buyers
Flatbush Food Co-op

GMO Free NY
GMO Free Rochester
Green Education and Legal Fund
Greenstar Naturals
Hudson Valley for NO GMO
Hunger Action Network of NYS
Just Food
Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy
Moosewood, Inc.
Mothering Mother
Natural Contents Kitchen
New York Design Studio

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York
NY GMO Labeling Coalition
NYC H2O

NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research Group)
Once Again Nut Butter
Peaceworks Organic CSA

Re-Nature Consulting Slow Food North Shore St. Mary’s Urban Farm Sunnyside CSA Sustainable Warwick Swing Hair Salon Understory Farm

Ward Lumber
WESPAC Foundation
Western New York Peace Center
Whole Green And Healthy Integrative Wellness

North Carolina:

Abundance NC
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Food Babe
GMO-Free Rockingham County, NC Green Bean Counters, LLC
The Change Creation, Inc.
Toxic Free NC

Ohio:

All Things Food
City Rising Farm
Green Environmental Coalition
Label the Truth Ohio
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Ohio Environmental Council
Ohio Farmers Union
Progress Ohio
Snowville Creamery
Trumbull County Herb Society
Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice

Oregon:

Alliance for Democracy - Oregon Beyond Toxics
Casa V erde CSA
Center for Biological Diversity Friends of Family Farmers

Garuda Intl. LLC
GMO Free Cascadia
GMO Free Lane County
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides Oregonians for Safe Farms and Families Phillips Family Farm
Roots Realty
Slow Money South Willamette Valley
Soil Foodweb Inc.
Support Local Food Rights
Sympatico Clothing
The Oregon Bus Project

Pennsylvania:

Advance Choice, Inc. Alpine Hertiage
Amaranth Bakery
Arcara JHC-LLC
Areté Earth-Based Wellness Berks Gas Truth

Christine’s Care & Compassion Cindy Falteich, Writer
Clarion River Organics Conscious Creations Studio Cucina Verde

DocuBank
Elder Care Management
Farm to City LLC
GMO Free PA
GMO Free Philadelphia
GMO Free Pittsburgh
GMO Free PA Lancaster County GMO Free Huntingdon County GMO Free Lehigh Valley
GMO Free Lower Bucks County GMO Free Lebanon
GMO Free Chester County
John Wright Resturant Kimberton Network Chiropractic Live Pure Chiropractic
Lynn Landes.com
Mams Wellness joint
Maysie’s Farm
MBodyHealth
Media Farmer Market
New Approach Wellness
PA Food fight

Pennsylvania Association Sustainable Agriculture
Philadelphia Orchard Project
Philly Fair Trade Roasters

Pop up gourmet Restorative Harmony Safe Water Society
Sally B Gluten Free Simply Gather
Slippery elm
Slow Food Pittsburgh Small Valley Milling
SSJ Group LLC
Sunset Park Cookies Sweet Salvations Truffles The Reiki School
Two Gander Farm
V. Borek Law Firm
Well Point Acupuncture Yoga Child

Rhode Island:

Banana Threads
Bolt Coffee Councilman Sean Todd Crossfit Providence Grassfed Farmacy

Jala Studio
No Risk CrossFit
Northeast Organic Farming Association-RI (NOFA-RI)
Ocean House
OPT Eyeware
Rhode to Health
RI Right to Know
Sage Cafe
Senator Adam Satchell
Senator Donna Nesslebush
The Good Earth Garden Center
The Green Grocer
UdaGuru Yoga
United Natural Foods (UNFI)
Wild Harmony Farm
ZenKai Acupuncture

Tennessee:

Tennessee Chapter Sierra Club

Texas:

Green Gate Farms
Laughing Frog Farm
League of Independent Voters of Texas Sustainable Food Center
Sustainable Sources LLC

Vermont:

Brattleboro Food Coop
Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center Family Cow Farmstand
Filthy Farmgirl Soap Co.
Flywheel Farm LLC
Grow More, Waste Less Food Systems Consulting, LLC
Haven Hill Jerseys
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT)
Prince Properties
Rural Vermont
The Farm of Milk and Honey
Upper Valley Food Coop
Vermont Public Interest Research Group Vermont Right to Know GMOs

Virginia:

ASAP Sitters

Washington:

All Pets Go To Heaven
Big Dipper Wax Works
Community Alliance for Global Justice GMO-Free San Juans
Heavenly Spa
Hugo’s Restaurant
The Humane League
Washington Biotechnology Action Council

Wisconsin:

Hammer enterprise People’s Food Co-Op

Wyoming:

Powder River Basin Resource Council

About the Author
Tara Cook-Littman