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  • Demand Food Companies Provide Real GMO Transparency

    To the White House, USDA, and US food companies


    We thoroughly reject the USDA’s fake GMO labeling policy as a blatant attempt to help food companies hide the GMO content from concerned consumers.


    We demand that the government craft a new policy that provides real transparency.


    We also demand that food companies voluntarily provide that transparency, and most certainly not use the fake labeling policy to hide GMO content or make it difficult to verify.


    The USDA policy is a travesty.


    Most GMO products would not be labeled

    Oil made from 100% GMO soy or corn, for example, sugar from 100% GMO sugar beets, and corn syrup from 100% GMO corn would all go unlabeled! Unlike the European labeling standard, the USDA requires that GMO tests can detect GMOs in the final product. This excludes the vast majority of refined derivatives of GMO foods. Consumers have consistently rejected such a loophole.


    The rule excludes GMOs made from new methods such as gene editing. This is completely unacceptable.


    Milk, meat, and eggs from animals fed GMOs would not be labeled.


    High levels of GMO contamination would not be labeled

    The USDA allows 5% GMO contamination to go unlabeled—more than 5 times higher than the European standard.


    The rule purposely uses a new obscure word to confuse.

    While 97% of consumers are aware of GMOs, the USDA substituted the term bioengineered, which is not well known and easily confused.


    Symbol promotes GMOs!

    Companies can use a symbol to confirm GMO content, but it’s designed to appeal or endorse, rather than be neutral.


    Companies can make it even harder for consumers to know

    Companies who really want to hide their GMO content can use a QR code, which requires a smart phone and internet access. Tens of millions of Americans won’t have access, and most that do never use QR codes. They can also use phone numbers, text numbers, and websites. All these are designed to make it difficult and time consuming for people to know if the food has GMOs.


    This whole fake labeling scheme is not required until 2022.


    Ironically, food companies that may have supported this rule will face backlash.


    Consumers trying to avoid GMOs will assume that if the package has a QR code, toll free number, text, or website, they will assume the company is trying to hide the fact that it contains GMOs and will reject the brand.


    Since the USDA’s definition of bioengineered is full of loopholes, consumers will start to challenge companies’ claims that their products are non-GMO. Consumers may think that the company is pretending it’s non-GMO, just because it doesn’t need a “bioengineered” lablel. To convince skeptical consumers, companies will need to abandon self-certified non-GMO claims and substitute trusted third-party verified labels.


    The USDA has made a mockery of themselves and has created a situation where both consumers and companies will lose.


  • Tell The EPA To Not Approve The GMO Mosquito

    The EPA is reviewing plans to release Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in the Florida Keys and Texas. Will you be part of the experiment?

    Make your voice heard! Please comment by June 7th.

    GMO mosquitoes have already been shipped to Florida. The mosquitoes were developed by the British company- Oxitec - using synthetic DNA based on the Herpes Virus and E.coli. There have been no environmental or human health studies. And once they are released, there is no recall.

    If they get the go ahead for Florida and Texas, your home may be next. You can be sure they’ll do it in other states.

    Oxitec either can’t or refuses to satisfy basic questions about the potential long-term environmental or health impacts of these lab-created insects. Not needed. Not wanted. Not proven safe.

    Oxitec had originally planned to release the GMO bugs in Florida’s Key Haven, but the residence there overwhelmingly rejected them in a 2016 referendum.

    But Oxitec's GM mosquitoes have been released in the Cayman Islands, Panama, and Brazil for the purpose of reducing the population of the Aedes aegypti variety—which can carry dengue and zika. But there’s no evidence that the mosquitoes reduce the incidence of these diseases.

    In fact, according to new evidence, Cayman Island government officials said there was not even a “significant reduction of abundance” of that type of mosquito.

    Further, the briefing produced by GeneWatch UK from Freedom of Information requests shows a significant increase in the number of female mosquitoes collected in the experimental release area.

    Oxitec falsely claimed that only non-biting male mosquitoes are released but was forced to admit that huge numbers of biting females are released or born of the GMO males.

    According to IRT founder Jeffrey Smith, the GMO mosquito poses real risks for human health and the environment. There are also other strategies that are less costly, less risky, and more effective. And although Oxitec tries to paint the picture that all offspring of the GMO mosquitoes are non-viable and will die, in fact, the survival rates range from 3%-18%, setting the stage for a permanent change in the mosquito gene pool.

    “To calculate the human and environmental impact of releasing a genetically engineered mosquito is not rocket science — it’s far more complex. But Oxitec has demonstrated consistent incompetence and blatant lying to try to get their dangerous technology accepted.”

    Comment period extended until June 7th. 

    Tell the EPA to not approve the GMO mosquito.




    Altering genes is becoming easier and cheaper. Gene editing techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9 are being touted as a breakthrough with may introduce thousands of designer organisms into our food supply and ecosystem.


    Advocates claim that products of these techniques should not be called GMOs or even be subject to regulations. They don’t necessarily introduce foreign DNA and are claimed to be accurate and precise.


    Recent evidence, however, shows that even the much touted CRISPR-Cas9 create hundreds or thousands of mutations and deletions in the DNA which may bring dangerous side effects to our health and environment.


    But the government is stepping aside and if we don’t act fast, we could be facing a replacement of our food supply. And once this happens, the generations to follow may never enjoy the food we enjoy today.


    We can’t to gamble with the potential negative effects of this new technology.

    Sign the petition to STOP gene-altered organisms NOW.


    By signing you will:


    1.     Tell food companies that you don’t want them to sell or even allow the products of these new techniques onto the market.

    2.     Tell the government they need to demand comprehensive safety studies and clear labeling for all products of these new gene-altering techniques.


    We will inform you about any new gene-altered products that enter the market so you can take steps to avoid them.*


    *If a GMO mushroom, for example, were to enter the market unlabeled, to avoid it you would have to purchase only organic or verified non-GMO mushrooms. When the food industry realizes that sales of their conventional products may therefore drop when so many of us are trying to avoid GMOs, many companies will try to stop the new products from entering the market. This type of market pressure has already worked in some areas.


    Please sign now!




  • Tell The USDA To Label All GMO Foods

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory labeling of foods produced using genetic engineering (GE).

    Unfortunately, some of USDA's proposal promotes the use of digital QR codes that require a smartphone and an internet connection. On-package text or an easily understood symbol should be the only acceptable option for food companies. But, the USDA has proposed using a symbol with initials that will further confuse consumers.  IRT proposes that the USDA allow for the use of common, well-established labeling terms, such as GE or GMO. But the USDA proposes to restrict the terms “genetic engineering,” and “GMO,” despite their use for 30-plus years by consumers, companies, and regulators. The term “bioengineered,” and the entirely unfamiliar acronym “BE,” is misleading and confusing. Companies are already out in the marketplace labeling using the well-established terminology “GMO,” or “GE,” and USDA should permit that to continue.

    USDA is also undecided as to whether many processed foods made with GE commodity crops, such as corn, soy, canola, and sugar derived from GE beets, should require labels. Any meaningful standard must include these GE products regardless of how highly refined they are.

    As if all these issues weren't bad enough, USDA's proposal fails to specify whether food products made with newer forms of genetic engineering will be covered under the law.

    And finally, the labeling law requires regulations be finalized by July 29, 2018. However, USDA would allow companies to nonetheless postpone GE labeling until as late as 2022 and instead permit them to use up labels without GE content information. This is an entirely unreasonable delay. Many companies are already labeling.

    Americans have waited long enough for labeling. Join us in demanding the USDA hear our concerns with this proposed rule. We have 40 days to make our voices heard.

  • Revoke the Approval of GMO Salmon

    Revoke the Approval of GMO Salmon

    Sign the Petition to tell President Obama to revoke the approval of GMO Salmon

  • Tell the USDA that GMO labeling must be clear and on the package

    As you may remember, a “compromise” bill on GMO labeling was passed last year, but a lot of the decisions about what foods would be labeled, and how they would be labeled, were left up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The law includes labeling options other than on-package labeling, such as QR codes and websites, which would only serve to hide the information this law was passed to provide.

    Big Ag and food companies have made it clear which option they support for labeling: QR codes. They know consumers don’t use these codes and that “labeling” via QR codes is really no labeling all. The agency has heard from big corporations – now they need to hear from you! 

    Tell the USDA that GMO labeling must be clear and on the package!

    Only 64% of Americans own a smartphone. That means that more than a third of all Americans will not be able to access GMO information if products are labeled with QR codes. Moreover, those left out are disproportionately low income and those living in rural areas. According to Pew Research Center, only 50% of low income people in the U.S. own a smartphone; only 52% of rural Americans own a smartphone; and only 27% of seniors own a smartphone. Even those who do own smartphones are not guaranteed consistent access to the internet. At the end of the day, a substantial number of Americans would be deprived of their right to know if GMO labeling were implemented through QR codes.

    In addition, electronic labeling disclosures put an undue burden on the shopper. It is completely unrealistic for a shopper to scan all of the many items s/he is shopping for on any given shopping trip (which for a family of 4 could easily amount to more than 50 items). This would be an undue burden on the consumer and would not provide the easy access to information that is currently required for all other forms of food labeling. On-package labeling is simple, quick, and effective. QR codes, websites, and 1-800 numbers are not.  

    The USDA is accepting comments through July 17th. Tell USDA to label GMOs, not hide them behind high-tech codes!

    USDA is also deciding which GMOs are labeled. The labeling law should ensure that ALL foods produced through genetic engineering are labeled, not cave in to big ag’s pressure to avoid labeling their products through a deceptive, narrow definition of GMOs.

    Tell USDA to label ALL GMOs on the package.

  • Trump Pushes GMOs in Executive Orer


    President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on "Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America" [Read HERE] .

    The Center for Food Safety (CFS) with headquarters in Washington DC, maintains a close eye on policy and regulations affecting human health and the environment.  CFS and IRT have partnered many times in the past to bring information to the attention of the public.  

    With permission from CFS, IRT provides our readership with a one-step action to sign the petition urging the task force on agriculture created by the President's Executive Order to create a transparent process for public participation.  It is very important that the voices of small, family farmers, organic producers, scientists, environmentalists, and consumers be heard - not just large agribusiness interests. 

  • Revoke the Approval of GMO Salmon

    Revoke the Approval of GMO Salmon

    Sign the Petition to tell President Obama to revoke the approval of GMO Salmon

  • TEST Denying Americans' Right-to-Know

    Big Food is trying to kill your right to know if the food you’re eating is genetically engineered.

    With their anti-labeling allies like Monsanto and Dow, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has teamed up with Koch brothers-backed Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to introduce a federal bill that would deny your right to know.

    The bill, which we're calling the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act (DARK Act),” would:

    • Prevent states from adopting their own GE labeling laws.
    • Block any attempt by states to make it illegal for food companies to put a “natural” label on products that contain GE ingredients.
    • Prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring companies to label GE ingredients and instead continue a failed “voluntary” labeling policy

    The Institute for Responsible Technology thanks The Center for Food Safety for originating this alert.

  • Denying Americans' Right-to-Know

    Big Food is trying to kill your right to know if the food you’re eating is genetically engineered.

    With their anti-labeling allies like Monsanto and Dow, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has teamed up with Koch brothers-backed Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to introduce a federal bill that would deny your right to know.

    The bill, which we're calling the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act (DARK Act),” would:

    • Prevent states from adopting their own GE labeling laws.
    • Block any attempt by states to make it illegal for food companies to put a “natural” label on products that contain GE ingredients.
    • Prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring companies to label GE ingredients and instead continue a failed “voluntary” labeling policy

    The Institute for Responsible Technology thanks The Center for Food Safety for originating this alert.

  • Denying Americans' Right-to-Know

    Big Food is trying to kill your right to know if the food you’re eating is genetically engineered.

    With their anti-labeling allies like Monsanto and Dow, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has teamed up with Koch brothers-backed Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to introduce a federal bill that would deny your right to know.

    The bill, which we're calling the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act (DARK Act),” would:

    • Prevent states from adopting their own GE labeling laws.
    • Block any attempt by states to make it illegal for food companies to put a “natural” label on products that contain GE ingredients.

    Prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring companies to label GE ingredients and instead continue a failed “voluntary” labeling policy.

    The bill--crafted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association-led Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, has just been introduced by Rep. Pompeo, and has reportedly picked up two co-sponsors: Reps. Butterfield (D-NC 1st district) and Blackburn (R-TN 7th district). All three lawmakers serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over GE food labeling.

    It’s no surprise that industry chose the Kansas Republican as their cheerleader. Pompeo was the single largest recipient of campaign funds from Koch Industries in 2010. It’s clear that corporate money = legislative favors with Congressman Pompeo.

    And now the Koch brothers are teaming up with Monsanto? Monsanto was the single largest contributor against the recent Washington State ballot initiative to label GE foods. Between Washington State and California, Monsanto, along with GMA and other agribusiness companies, have contributed over $67 million to keep consumers in the dark.

    So what’s wrong with “voluntary” GE food labeling? In a word: everything. It is grossly misleading for industry—let alone members of Congress—to continue trumpeting the idea that voluntary labeling will solve the overwhelming consumer demand for labeling in the marketplace. In the 13 years that FDA has allowed companies to voluntarily label genetically engineered foods, not one single company has done so.

    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. In 2013, over 50 GE labeling bills were introduced in 26 states, including Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont.

    This industry-backed bill will cut these state labeling bills off at the knees and replace them with an undemocratic, hollow “voluntary” labeling scheme that does nothing to address consumer interests and only serves to allow corporations to deny us our right to know.

    The Institute for Responsible Technology thanks The Center for Food Safety for originating this alert.

  • Take action below to tell Kroger we wont buy genetically engineered seafood in its stores.

    In March, Institute for Responsible Technology Food Fund Policy, worked with Friends of the Earth and other partners to launch the Campaign for Genetically Engineered-Free Seafood, and it’s already a huge success! Major grocery stores, such as Target, Aldi, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Giant Eagle, and Meijer have committed not to sell genetically engineered seafood, representing more than 4,400 grocery stores across the United States.

    Now we are asking Kroger, the nation’s largest conventional grocery store chain, to follow suit.

    Unless Kroger signs the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, it and its subsidiaries, including Ralphs, Fred Meyer, GFC  and Food 4 Less, may soon be selling genetically engineered salmon and other genetically engineered seafood.

    The Food and Drug Administration has stated that it won’t likely require grocery stores to label genetically engineered fish, leaving consumers with no way of avoiding them. Through the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, however, stores and restaurants can make clear to consumers their policies against selling genetically engineered seafood. As consumers, it’s essential that we speak up for our right to know what we’re feeding our families.

    If Kroger and its banner stores agree not to sell genetically engineered seafood, it could be one of the last steps to make sure GE seafood is dead in the water in the United States.

    Take action below to tell Kroger we wont buy genetically engineered seafood in its stores.

  • Tell Congress to Support the New Federal Labeling Bill

    In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions.  Under current FDA policy, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families.  But thanks to your tireless support, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will introduce new Federal legislation next week that would require the labeling of all GE foods; the first labeling bill to be introduced in the Senate in over a decade!
    Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families.  Sixty-four countries have mandatory labeling policies for GE foods including South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, South Africa, Australia, the European Union, and many others.  The U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling.  Yet there is overwhelming public demand—consistently near 95%—for the labeling of GE foods. 

    Tell your Senators and Representative to Co-Sponsor the GE food labeling bill!

  • Immediate Action Needed - Oppose Oregon Senate Bill 633

    On Thursday, April 11, 2013, bill SB 633, is scheduled to go to committee and then on to the floor of the Senate.  Please contact your State Senator and voice your opposition to SB 633.  This bill would take away the rights of the local government to control their local agriculture.

    The bill summary reads as follows:

    Makes legislative finding and declaration that regulation of agricultural seed, flower seed and vegetable seed and products of agricultural seed, flower seed and vegetable seed be reserved to state.

    What does that mean?  All the local control of agricultural seed and all seed products would be replaced by a mandate dictated by the state government.  The chemical companies don’t want local governments to have any control over genetically modified foods, these companies want to push their agenda.  Local governments would impede their progress, since opposition is greater at local levels, out of the reach of lobbyists.  Our county government would be held hostage to the dictates of biotech policy and procedures.

    Jackson County voters created a stronghold with their measure to ban the growth of GMO crops with their ballot measure slated for the May 2014 ballot.  Now biotech is fighting back and retaliating by attempting to take away our rights.  If SB 633 gets passed it would nullify this ballot measure.  

    Oregon citizen’s voices should be heard loud and clear, we are asking you to contact your Senator.  Let them know you don’t support SB 633. This bill does nothing to support us or our local agriculture it merely supports the dictates of biotech companies.  Their main objective is decimate us, our environment and our food with GMOs.  This land is our land, which is sustainable and should be governed by the people it affects most.  Your senator was elected by you.  Remind them that they should support the rights of their citizens who elected them and put them in office and they are there to protect the sovereignty of our food, not be controlled by the whims of mega corporations.  

    Our seeds, our future, our food, our rights!  Don’t let the industry giants take that away, they want to control our government, control our food and in turn control the citizens.  We are in the food fight of our lives!  Make your voice loud and clear all the way to the capitol steps.  Time is of the essence!

  • Call on your grocery store to join the Campaign for GE-Free Seafood

    We are excited to announce our new campaign to prevent genetically engineered fish from hitting our plates.

    Will you join us in asking grocery stores, restaurants, chefs and other food companies take the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood? By joining, companies are making public their policies not to purchase or sell genetically engineered salmon or other genetically engineered seafood.

    Help us pressure food companies to keep genetically engineered seafood off their shelves and off our plates. Take action now!

  • Tell Congress to Dump the Monsanto Rider!

    The biotech industry has quietly inserted a dangerous policy rider into the Continuing Resolution (CR) now being debated on the Senate floor. This dangerous rider was not included in the House-passed CR,  and we are extremely disappointed to see that the Senate has included it. Though wrapped in a “farmer-friendly” package, this Monsanto-driven rider is simply a biotech industry ploy to continue to plant GE crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally.

    The provision undermines USDA’s oversight of GE crops, unnecessarily interferes with the U.S. judicial review process, and could be unconstitutional. It is also completely unnecessary and serves only to offer “assurance” to biotech companies like Monsanto, not farmers.

    Tell your Senators to demand that Appropriations Chairwoman Mikulski pull this dangerous and unconstitutional rider, and support any amendment that would strike the rider from the Continuing Resolution.

  • New Jersey Call to Action - GMO Labeling

    The NJ legislature is currently considering a bill that would mandate the labeling of all genetically engineered foods. With your help, 2013 can be the year that NJ makes history and passes a GMO labeling bill. Please write to your legislator today and demand your right to know what is in your food!

  • Stop Genetically Engineered Salmon from Reaching Your Plate!

    Tell FDA: Do Not Approve Genetically Engineered Salmon!

    Deadline: 11:59 PM, April 26th, 2013

    On December 21, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an Environmental Assessment (EA) with a “Finding of No Significant Impact” on the controversial AquaBounty AquaAdvantage transgenic salmon.  The FDA action is widely viewed as confirmation that the Obama Administration is prepared to approve shortly the first genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for human consumption in the face of widespread opposition.

    FDA says escape is unlikely and that the fish pose “no impact” to the environment.  But each year millions of farmed salmon escape, outcompeting wild populations for resources and straining ecosystems.  Any approval of GE salmon would represent a serious threat to the survival of native salmon populations, many of which have already suffered severe declines related to salmon farms and other man-made impacts.  Additionally, the human health impacts of eating GE fish, which would be the first-ever GE food animal, are entirely unknown.

    Sign the petition to tell the Food and Drug Administration not to approve GE salmon AND, if the Obama Administration insists on approving these genetically engineered fish, it should require the fish to be labeled!

  • GMO Free USA Launches! Campaign #1: Boycott Kellogg’s

    Americans come together to Say NO to Kellogg's GMOs! Join the Boycott

    On June 26, 2012, Kellogg Company contributed $20,167.59 to the California political campaign known as The COALITION AGAINST THE COSTLY FOOD LABELING PROPOSITION, SPONSORED BY FARMERS AND FOOD PRODUCERS. This organization was set up to spread propaganda about the cost of labeling GMOs to California residents. In this digital age, you have to wonder why a company would spend more money than it could possibly cost to change their product labels to fight against the consumer’s right to know what we are eating.

    Kellogg's products contain genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs) that were released into our food supply without independent long term testing. The FDA does not oversee the nature or extent of testing that these GMOs undergo. Instead, they allow the companies that develop them and profit from their sale, to determine whether they are safe. "The superficial studies they do conduct are widely criticized as rigged to avoid finding problems.*  “Genetic engineering is crude and imprecise, and the results are unpredictable.”**  Mounting scientific evidence has shown that the GMOs in our food supply are not safe for human consumption.

    Kellogg's products contain an EPA Registered Pesticide also known as GMO Bt Corn, and other GMOs that have been scientifically linked to health problems. These problems include:

        •    infertility
        •    organ damage
        •    certain cancers
        •    leaky gut
        •    autism
        •    autoimmune diseases
        •    allergies
        •    birth defects
        •    inflammatory bowel diseases
        •    learning disabilities
        •    attention deficit disorders
        •    accelerated aging
        •    faulty insulin regulation

    The FDA doesn't care, BUT WE DO. Please take a moment to email Kellogg's executives and customer service. Share the scientific evidence. Tell them that Kellogg's Corn Flakes are no longer an American Icon and you will be boycotting Kellogg's products until they remove GMOs!

  • Congress Should Protect, Not Eliminate USDA’s Biotech Regulations

    Farm Bill and Agriculture Appropriations Riders Would Eliminate Meaningful USDA Oversight, Block Judicial Powers, Create Backdoor Approvals for Controversial 2,4-D Corn and Other GE Crops, and Legalize Levels of Transgenic Contamination

    Over the past few years, courts and government reports have sharply criticized USDA’s oversight of genetically engineered (GE) crops, and numerous courts have determined that the agency’s approvals failed to comply with environmental laws. Rather than responsibly improving its oversight, the chemical-biotech industry and their allies in Congress are seeking to weaken the rules and fundamentally alter USDA’s regulation through a number of policy riders.  Specifically, Sec. 10011, 10013, and 10014 to the House Agriculture Committee’s discussion draft of the 2012 Farm Bill and Section 733 in H.R. 5973 the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2013.

    Together, they seek to severely weaken the USDA’s oversight and regulation of GE crops and fundamentally bypass science-based review, judicial review and liability.  These policy riders will create serious risks to farmers, farm workers, the environment and public health by forcing the rushed commercialization of GE crops. This will eliminate meaningful review of their impacts and strip federal courts of their authority to halt the sale and planting of an illegal, potentially hazardous GE crop. 
    These riders have the potential to:

    ♣    eliminate the critical roles of our most important environmental laws;
    ♣    dramatically shrink the time USDA has to analyze biotech crops, while withholding funds for USDA to conduct environmental reviews;
    ♣    establish multiple backdoor approval mechanisms for GE crop applications;
    ♣    force USDA to adopt a national policy of allowable levels of GE contamination in crops and foods;
    ♣    limit the regulatory authority of the EPA and other agencies; and
    ♣    remove the legal brakes that prevent fraud and abuse

    Deliberately buried in the voluminous House Farm Bill, these significant proposed changes to the Plant Protection Act (PPA) will create serious risks to farmers, the environment and public health.

    Tell your Representative to Oppose the pesticide-promoting riders in House Appropriations and Farm Bill

  • Ask AMA to support GMO labeling

    The American Medical Association is considering adopting a resolution to support labeling of GMOs.

    Their comment period ends this Monday, June 4th.

    We invite you to make a short compelling case for why they should support labeling!

    Additional information about 509 A-11 can be viewed here

  • DUMP Former Monsanto VP Michael Taylor!

    Taylor had been the person at the FDA 20 years ago who oversaw the GMO policy in which no safety studies are required. Companies like Monsanto, that told us Agent Orange, PCBs, and DDT were safe, can decide if their GMOs are safe. Taylor had been Monsanto's former attorney, and later become their vice president and lobbyist.

    Taylor's hands-off FDA policy was based on the lie that the agency saw no significant difference with GMOs. Years later, secret FDA documents revealed that in fact FDA scientists had been repeatedly warned of health dangers, and urged required studies.

    By ignoring the scientific dangers of GMOs and allowing them on the market without studies, Michael Taylor is likely responsible for more food-related illnesses and deaths than anyone in human history. And Obama put him in charge of US food safety!

    Tell President Obama to DUMP Monsanto Michael Taylor! It's time to protect family farmers and stop letting Big Ag lobbyists write the rules.

  • Tell USDA To Reject Agent Orange Corn

    Dow Chemical is currently requesting an unprecedented USDA approval: a genetically engineered (GE) version of corn that is resistant to 2,4-D, a major component of the highly toxic Agent Orange. Agent Orange was the chemical defoliant used by the U.S. in Vietnam, and it caused lasting ecological damage as well as many serious medical conditions in both Vietnam veterans and the Vietnamese. 

    Exposure to 2,4-D has been linked to major health problems that include cancer (especially non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), lowered sperm counts, liver disease and Parkinson’s disease.  A growing body of evidence from laboratory studies show that 2,4-D causes endocrine disruption, reproductive problems, neurotoxicity and immunosuppression.  Further, industry’s own tests show that 2,4-D is contaminated with dioxins, a group of highly toxic chemical compounds that bioaccumulate, so even a minute amount can accumulate as it goes up the food chain, causing dangerous levels of exposure.  Dioxins in Agent Orange have been linked to many diseases, including birth defects in children of exposed parents; according to EPA, 2,4-D is the seventh largest source of dioxins in the U.S.

    USDA approval of Dow’s GE corn will trigger a big increase in 2,4-D use – and our exposure to this toxic herbicide.  Yet USDA has not assessed how much, nor analyzed the resulting impacts on public health, the environment or neighboring farmers (2,4-D is prone to drift and cause damage to nearby crops).  Instead, USDA has once again bowed to the pesticide industry, by giving preliminary approval to still another pesticide-promoting crop that will likely harm people and their children, including farmers, and the environment. USDA claims to be adhering to a scientific process, yet the Agency is blatantly ignoring the science on 2,4-D.

    Tell USDA To Do Its Job And Reject 2,4-D Resistant GE Corn

  • Tell Congress to Label GMOs & Protect our Food Supply!

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich has introduced two bills that would that would mandate labeling and stricter safety protections for GE products.

    • HR 3553, the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act, requires labeling of all genetically engineered organisms -
      including fish, which is especially important since GM salmon approval seems imminent.
    • HR 3554, the Genetically Engineered Safety Act, prohibits open-air cultivation of genetically engineered pharmaceutical and
      industrial crops, to prevent cross-pollination and contamination, and establishes a tracking system for crops and their by-products.

    Legislation like Rep. Kucinich’s is desperately needed as GMO infiltrates more and more products—even some that are Certified Organic.
    Please tell Congress and President Obama that we don’t want genetically engineered products, and we demand to know when GMOs are in our food!

    Send the message to your Representatives and the President!

  • Tell the FDA - Label my Food!

    A legal petition has been filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on the FDA to label genetically engineered (GE) foods. Watch this great ad to get GMOs labeled, then sign the petition!

    Let’s flood the FDA with comments so they know that the public wants labeling of GE foods!

  • Tell the Australian Government that you won't swallow GM bread

    Genetically modified (GM) wheat has never been proven safe to eat. Yet our Government is about sell a 'patent'on Australia's daily bread to a handful of foreign biotech corporations.

    These biotech companies have just released GM wheat across five Australian states and territories. But Australian people and Australian farmers were never consulted.

    Unless the Government wakes up, Australians will be the first people in the world to eat unsafe GM bread.

    Not just that, our farmers will be forced to pay foreign biotech corporations, like Monsanto, even if they don’t want GM genes on their land.

    We urgently need action to keep Australian wheat healthy, safe and fair.


    Tell the Australian Government that you won’t swallow GM bread.

    Email Health Minister Tanya Plibersek and Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig, and demand they stop GM wheat being grown in Australia.

    Then dowload the report and get wise to what is really going on.

  • No Funds to the FDA to Approve GE Salmon

    A handful of House lawmakers voted on June 15th to bar the Food and Drug Administration from approving any bioengineered salmon for mass consumption.

    The amendment offered by Reps. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) and Don Young (R-Alaska) to HR 2112, would ban the FDA from spending any funds on genetically engineered salmon approvals beginning in the next financial year.

    Tell your Senators you support this amendment!

  • Take A Stand Against GE Fish!

    Tell Congress to support the bipartisan legislation to ban GE fish, require labeling

    [object Object]Despite nearly 400,000 comments in opposition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to announce its approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon any day now. To make matters worse, FDA argues that these GE salmon don’t even need to be labeled!

    In response to FDA’s imminent approval, Congress is taking action. Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Representative Don Young (R-Alaska) recently introduced bipartisan legislation in Congress that would ban GE fish (Bill# S. 230/H.R. 521) and require mandatory labeling for consumers if approved (Bill# S. 229/H.R. 520). 

    The legislation has been endorsed by 64 consumer, worker, religious and environmental groups, along with commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries associations, food businesses and retailers—including the Center for Food Safety, Ocean Conservancy, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development, the Alaska Trollers Association, Food and Water Watch, the National Cooperative Grocers Association and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations among others—who know that the approval of GE salmon would represent a serious threat to the survival of native salmon populations, many of which have already suffered severe declines related to salmon farms and other man-made impacts. Wild Atlantic salmon are already on the Endangered Species List in the U.S.; approving these GE Atlantic salmon could be the final blow to these wild stocks. Additionally, the human health impacts of eating GE fish are entirely unknown. If GE salmon are approved, these fish must be labeled so people can make informed choices. 

    Please write your U.S. Senators and Representative and urge them to protect fishers, consumers and the environment by co-sponsoring S. 230/H.R. 521 and S. 229/H.R. 520!

  • Californians please act today!

    Contact your Health Committee members!
    Consumers deserve the right to know!

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may soon approve AquAdvantage transgenic salmon as the first genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for human consumption.  The FDA’s own studies showed that GE salmon may contain more allergens, require more antibiotics and contain elevated levels of the cancer-promoting hormone IGF-1.  These GE fish not only threaten human health, but marine life, wild salmon populations, and fishing economies. To make matters worse, the FDA argues that these GE salmon don’t need to be labeled! 

    Please act now to prompt California legislators to pass Assembly bill AB88, which requires all genetically engineered salmon sold in California to be clearly labeled.  The CA Assembly Health Committee will take a vote on the bill on April 26th in Sacramento, so it is critical to act quickly, and let your California legislators now how much you want the bill to pass.  AB88 protects California consumers’ right-to-know, and protects wild salmon from GMO contamination.   Please act today, and contact Health Committee members!  Consumers deserve the right to know!

  • Alfalfa Plan B

    We’re angry! MILLIONS of us are angry and outraged at the approval of GM alfalfa. And on top of that, the USDA also did an end-run around the courts to keep GM sugar beets growing, AND approved a GM corn used for ethanol.

    So what do we do? Surrender? Never!

    Before I propose a way forward, I want to share a victory you may have missed in the first paragraph. I said MILLIONS. That’s right, there are millions of us. And you can hear our frustration flying around in blogs, emails, press reports, petitions, etc. Do you remember the reaction just four years ago when GM sugar beets were approved for sale? There was nothing close to this response. It was hardly a blip. Where we have come in just a few years is a cause for celebration. And an unprecedented opportunity to throw our new weight around.

    Within the first six months of last year, we witnessed more people in the US than ever before enthusiastically getting the word out about the dangers of GMOs.
    This was in part due to the huge internet distribution channels that have been getting articles and videos out to MILLIONS every month. (Thank you all!) And then there was the high profile media coverage of GE salmon and the sugar beet and alfalfa court cases.

    In spite of their bitter outcomes at the hands of the USDA, the prolonged alfalfa and sugar beet fights actually helped elevate GMOs on our personal and national radar screens.

    And now with MILLIONS of us grasping the significance and devastating loss of yet another crop, we have the components in place for a national revolution. We have the knowledge, the emotion, the network, and the profound injustice. Now we need an action plan. Enter Alfalfa: Plan B.

    It’s time to use our collective power to move the market directly. It’s time we let the food companies know that we have new healthier criteria if they want to keep us as customers. And front and center in those new criteria is to commit to no GM alfalfa in their supply chain (which is used as animal feed, particularly to dairy cows).

    This is our moment! Send a letter to dozens of dairies and food companies simultaneously. Let them know how strong we feel and how MILLIONS strong we are. When they get the message about the coming non-GMO tipping point, they’ll realize it’s time to remove all GM ingredients, not just alfalfa.

    Share this “click and send revolution” with your friends, shop using the Non-GMO Shopping Guide, and tell the food companies the truth about GMOs. And for those who want to do even more, you are invited to join a local or national Non-GMO Action Group, to expand our numbers even further!

    Customize the sample letter below with your own comments and send a letter now!

    We are gathering email addresses for the companies and will be batch sending them soon.

  • Tell Congress to Stop GE Salmon

    If Obama's FDA Approves GMO Salmon, Congress Must Act!
    Ask Your Rep to Cosponsor Young's Bill to Stop Frankenfish!

    The Obama Administration's FDA seems bent on letting the biotech industry get their genetically modified salmon into ocean factory farms that are already spreading filth and disease. The FDA knows that GMO salmon are less nutritious, more likely to cause cancer or trigger allergies, and have a higher rate of deformities than normal fish. Rep. Young's bill, H.R.521, would prevent the FDA from approving dangerous GMO fish.
    If the Obama Administration's FDA won't protect consumers, we need Congress to take action.

    Please ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor H.R.521 today.

    About This Legislation:
    On February 8, 2011, Congressman Don Young, a Republican from Alaska, introduced a bill that would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem genetically-engineered fish to be unsafe under provisions related to new animal drugs and adulterated food. This bill is desperately needed now as the Obama Administration's FDA is likely to approve the first "Frankenfish," a genetically modified salmon, very soon.

  • Stop Roundup Ready Alfalfa

    The USDA has just released its first Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a genetically modified (GM) crop―Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa. Given that GM crops create permanent, self-propagating genetic contamination and that Roundup Ready crops lead to the application of millions more pounds of the herbicide Roundup, we would hope that the USDA would employ rigorous scientific analysis using the most up-to-date data and methods. Alas, we are sorely disappointed.

    USDA Ignores Sound Science 

    Sections of the EIS addressing gene flow, herbicide use, glyphosate-resistant weeds, and other issues are critically flawed due to reliance on defective studies, obsolete data, and flawed assumptions, among other deficiencies.

    Although they finally acknowledge for the first time that GM contamination of organic and conventionally grown crops presents a huge problem in the US, the remedies they are considering are insufficient to protect these farmers.

    Furthermore, the USDA turns a blind eye to the massive damage that the overspraying of Roundup is inflicting on the health of our soil, plants, animals, and human population. We are facing a perfect storm of Roundup-based problems, including the promotion of more than 40 plant diseases, elimination of enormous amounts of vital nutrients from our food and feed supply, widespread animal disorders, and Roundup’s links to cancer, endocrine disruption, and birth defects (see Roundup Backgrounder).

    The EIS, which was required by a federal court after they declared that the USDA’s earlier approval of GM alfalfa was illegal (see Alfalfa Legal Backgrounder) falls woefully short of proving that this crop is safe and appropriate. We call on everyone to urge USDA to adopt a moratorium on the planting of GE alfalfa.

    Tell US Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack that the science doesn’t support the agency’s proposed measures to prevent GMO contamination or justify the addition of more Roundup on our fields and in our food.  The only way to fully protect farmers, consumers, and the environment is to deny approval of GM alfalfa and adopt a moratorium.

  • Tell the FTC: GMOs are not “Natural”

    Join us in telling the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it is misleading for companies to classify genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as “Natural” or “Green.” We have until December 10th to let the FTC know, as they are revising their Green Guides.

    Genetic engineering doesn’t happen in nature. Scientists force genes from bacteria and viruses into plant DNA, which result in dangerous side effects. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine urges all doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets to everyone.

    GMOs are not “Green.” GMOs use far more herbicides, damage soil and marine ecology, harm beneficial insects, and cross pollinate. Their self-propagating genetic pollution will outlast the effects of climate change and nuclear waste!

    Tell Quaker, Kellogg’s and others: “Stop misleading us”

    Quaker’s “Natural” Granola contains corn flakes and soy lecithin. Kellogg’s Kashi brand “All Natural” Frozen Chicken Florentine uses soy flour and canola oil. Surprise! These are derived from GM plants. The FTC should insist that these and other companies either remove their “Natural” claim, or better yet remove their GMOs altogether. Furthermore, no company should proclaim GMOs as “Green.”

  • Tell Congress to Stop GE Salmon

    Genetically engineered salmon are on a fast track to being the first GE Animal approved for human consumption. The FDA is trying to approve GE salmon as a new animal drug, but the truth is U.S. Food agencies don't have a way to fully evaluate the impacts of GE salmon on human health or the environment. Worst of all, if these GE salmon are introduced into our food system, they won't be labeled, so consumers won't know what they're buying.

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  • Join Us to Stop GE Salmon!

    Ask supermarket and food company CEOs to help us stop GE salmon!

    The FDA is trying to fast track the approval of dangerous genetically engineered (GE) salmon. Since the FDA has a history of catering to business interests over food safety, let’s invite the food industry to throw its weight on this urgent issue. Sign the petition below to create a consumer/business partnership to protect our health and the environment.

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  • Protect our right to GMO Free Milk

    Tell Ohio’s Governor Strickland to abandon his rbGH (rbST) labeling restrictions. Otherwise, national brands may eliminate their rbGH-free labels altogether, rather than produce a separate package for sale in Ohio.

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  • Labeling Petition

    Sign the Petition to President Obama for MEANINGFUL GMO labeling!

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