Sunday, March 05, 2006

[Misc] [GMOs] [Food Labeling] [Politics Of Food] Please Say No To GMOs & More--now!

Hello Fellow Foodies,

I don't usually mix politics and blogging, but this is something that (no matter what your political leanings/beliefs/etc. are) directly affects you. It is about OUR FOOD SUPPLY.

I know how much food bloggers (and food blog readers) care about what they eat, where it comes from, the quality of their food. Eating locally, organically, healthfully, and naturally are concurrent themes running through many of your blogs. And eating in general is, of course, the subject of them all.

So I thought this would be the easiest way to reach the greatest number of people. I received this information this morning in an email from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, whom I have been ordering from for years. They are a small but rapidly growing company here in Missouri (you may have seen them in Martha Stewart Living or read about them in The Sacramento Bee or numerous other publications). They are deeply committed to keeping heirloom foods alive, keeping our food supply safe, and keeping GMO foods from taking over. They are not a bunch of kooks.

The bill discussed below will be voted on THIS WEEK. Please take action now (it only takes a few minutes to send an email or make a phone call). And please spread the word! Thank you.

Dear Gardening Friends,

We want to tell you about a new bill that will take away local food labeling rights and help keep gene-altered ingredients in our food. Here's the low-down:

Tell your Congressman or Congresswoman to vote "No" on House of Representatives Bill H.R. 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act," coming to a vote in Washington, D.C on March 8.

The House of Representatives will vote this week on a controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law that will take away local government and states' power to require food safety food labels such as those required in California and other states on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning. This bill would also prevent citizens in local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients such as Monsanto's recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) be labeled.

Big food corporations and the biotech industry understand that consumers are more and more concerned about food safety, genetic engineering, and chemical-intensive agriculture, and are reading labels more closely. They understand that pesticide and mercury residues and hazardous technologies such as genetic engineering and food irradiation will be rejected if there are truthful labels required on food products. Industry-sponsored H.R. 4167 is gaining momentum and must be stopped! Act now! Preserve local and regional democracy and protect yourself and your family from unsafe food by sending an email or calling your Representative and urging them to vote "No" on H.R. 4167.

Please Take Action Now--Send a Message to Your Congress Member in the House of Representatives to Vote "No" on H.R. 4167. Read more at, or immediately call or email your State Representative. Time is almost out; Please act now!


Also, Missouri residents need to take action on a new pro-GMO bill that will keep local communities from blocking GMO seeds. This pro-Monsanto legislation needs to be stopped now! Act before March 8! Please visit for more information.
For more information about this bill, please see these links:
(The Center For Food Safety link takes you right to a page where you can send an e-letter to your congressperson opposing the bill in about 30 seconds.)
And on a more positive note, one of the google ads that happened to pop up next to this gmail from Baker Creek was for "Authentic Foodies" (the new buzzword?) Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch's wonderful website, Four Season Farm. If you need a little hope and inspiration, take a look. Lots of good stuff there.

This Post was written by farmgirl from Farmgirl


mrs d said...

For lots more about HR4167, check out the excellent commentary by Kate at Accidental Hedonist, Jen at Life Begins @ 30, and Derrick over at the Well Fed Network's Growers and Grocers.

farmgirl said...

Thanks for the links Mrs. D. Can you tell I've been busy in the sheep barn and not reading my usual blogs? Hopefully I'm the last person to find out about HR4167. : )

P.S. Mary just had non-GMO, non-cloned twins. Baaa!

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