February 14, 2012
Thank you for showing your support for bills to label genetically engineered (GE) foods in Washington state.
Although the bills (SB 6298 and HB 2637) failed to move out of the Senate and House agriculture committees, legislative aides say the number of citizens who called, e-mailed and traveled to Olympia to support labeling was second only to the number supporting same-sex marriage. There were overflow crowds at committee hearings and we heard from Democratic aides, at least, that every individual who called or e-mailed supported labeling. None were opposed.
The volume of support was even more remarkable given people had only six days after the bills were announced to plan to get to Olympia or comment.
The show of public support certainly was a measurable "win" and we advocates are committed to another push next session, or an initiative if necessary.
What we can do now:
• Send our U.S. Senators and Representatives an e-mail asking them to sign onto a Congressional letter supporting a legal petition to the Food and Drug Administration to label GE foods. The letter was drafted by Senator Barbara Boxer (CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (OR).
Call our state Senators and state Representatives
and ask them to co-sponsor the "Genetically Engineered Right to Know Act" (H.R. 3553), a federal bill to label foods produced through genetic engineering. Of the 19 Congressional co-sponsors so far, none are from Washington.
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