It’s Time for GMO Labeling in Massachusetts
With an issue as complex as the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food system, there is no one-size-fits-all position for farmers in Massachusetts, New England or the nation. Farmers come down on both sides of whether there’s a need to label GMO products, and whether there’s a need for GMO crops at all.
Through our member-driven grass-roots policy development, New England Farmers Union has taken a balanced approach toward genetic engineering in general, and GMO labeling in particular. Farmers require and deserve access to proven farming technologies without being stigmatized, and consumers want to know how their food is grown and processed.
We support passage and enactment of H. 3996, The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act. It would require the conspicuous labeling of food produced with genetically engineered products. There are now 140 legislators who have officially endorsed the bill. Will you help move it to the House for a vote?
What can you do to make GMO labeling the law in Massachusetts?
1. Find the phone number/email for your State Representative and State Senator here: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
2. See if they already endorse GMO labeling. To find out, click here. Even if they are already in support, they still need to hear from you! If not, remember to tell the rep or senator that you’d really like to see them listed online as a supporter of GMO labeling.
3. Make the call.
“Hello, my name is [your name] and I’m [a farmer] from [your town]. I’m calling because I need to know if I’m eating genetically engineered foods. [Tell them briefly why this is important to you.]
Does the [Senator/Representative] support mandatory GMO labeling?”
If they’re not on board yet, or don’t know, you can give them some more reasons why you think GMOs should be labeled and ask for them to please consider the issue.
If they are in support, thank them and ask them to please encourage the House Ways and Means Committee to advance H.3996 so that it can come up for a full vote.
For more talking points, please click here. To send a note to your representative, click here.
4. Let us know how it goes. Send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “GMO Action” and tell us how the call went.
Thank you for your support of New England’s family farmers!
NEFU’s work on GMO labeling is supported by a grant from Stonyfield’s Profits for the Planet.