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 The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill intended to permanently prevent any state or federal laws mandating labeling of GMOs in our food.1 This bill is now before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture—where it could pass.

President Obama promised labels on GMO foods in a campaign speech he gave in 2007 in Iowa.2

Can you join me in asking President Obama to fulfill his promise and pledge that he will veto any bill sent to him by the Senate that would preempt GMO labeling laws? Please urge U.S. senators to oppose H.R.1599 or any federal bill that would preempt states' rights to pass mandatory GMO labeling laws.

Please pledge today to veto any federal legislation that preempts laws, state or federal, requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs.

Sign Katherine's petition

H.R.1599 was introduced in the House by Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS). It's called the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015," a name created to intentionally deceive busy lawmakers into thinking this bill is good for consumers.3

We call it the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act, because that's what it actually does. It gives Monsanto the legal right to deceive consumers about what's in their food, and it has already passed the House with 275 votes.

A recent report says that since 2013, food and agriculture industries have spent $143 million in lobbying expenditures that mentioned GMO labeling. And those 275 U.S. representatives who voted for H.R.1599? They took in $29.9 million in contributions from agribusiness and Big Food in 2014 alone.4

As the bill makes its way to the Senate, and we continue to call on senators to oppose it, we also need to hold President Obama accountable for his campaign promise and remind him of his presidential moratorium on preemption.

Please ask President Obama to pledge to veto any bill that would preempt GMO labeling laws.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

–Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association


Sources:

1. "House Vote 462—H.R.1599: On Passage," The New York Times, accessed August 25, 2015
http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/114/house/1/462

2. "Obama Promises to Label GMOs," YouTube, accessed August 25, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqaaB6NE1TI

3. "House Vote 462—H.R.1599: On Passage," The New York Times, accessed August 25, 2015
http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/114/house/1/462

4. "Big Food Companies Spend Millions to Defeat GMO Labeling," Environmental Working Group, August 4, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=306605&id=132379-30580789-Xxofg1x&t=2

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