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Stop "Agent Orange corn" from becoming a reality

An email alert from JustLabelIt.org...

Our food supply could soon be faced with a new wave of hazardous chemicals if a current request before the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is approved.

The USDA is currently deciding whether to approve a type of corn that is genetically engineered to withstand 2,4-D, a highly toxic herbicide and a major component of the Vietnam-era Agent Orange. This genetically engineered corn will allow 2,4-D to be used at increased rates to kill weeds, without harming the corn. If approved, it would massively expand the use of this herbicide in America.

I know you care about the food you eat - that's why you asked the FDA to label genetically engineered ingredients. Now we need you to speak out again.

Join our partners at the Center for Food Safety and urge the USDA to reject the genetically engineered 2,4-D resistant corn!

Before the USDA makes a decision, they want to hear from people like you and me. But they're only accepting comments from the public for a short period of time. We must make sure they understand our concerns about this new kind of genetically engineered corn!

Why are our friends at the Center for Food Safety so worried about 2,4-D resistant corn? Because numerous studies link 2,4-D exposure to major health problems, such as cancer, liver dysfunction, and Parkinson's disease. And farmers across the country are organizing in opposition because the herbicide can drift onto their farms, potentially harming their crops and families. You can help convince the USDA that approving 2,4-D resistant corn is not in the interest of American farmers or families.

With a simple click, you can help flood the USDA comment box before it's too late.

There's nothing more basic to our health and well-being than the food we eat. Together, we're taking a stand to protect our basic rights -- to know what we're eating, to choose for ourselves what we put in our body, and to safeguard our families from toxic chemicals. Join us, and let's make sure our government officials fulfill their duty to protect our food supply.

Thank you for contacting the USDA today and for bringing attention to these critical food issues.

Sincerely,

Alex Duncan
Just Label It

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FDA Deletes 1 Million Signatures for GMO Labeling Campaign

by Mike Barrett | NaturalSociety | March 30, 2012

While the Food and Drug Administration has seemingly reached the limit for unbelievable behavior, the company’s decisions continue to astound and appall consumers and health activists alike. In the agency’s latest decision, undoubtedly amazing thousands of individuals yet again, the FDA virtually erased 1 million signatures and comments on the ‘Just Label It’ campaign calling for the labeling of genetically modified foods.

The ‘Just Label It” campaign has gotten more signatures than any campaign in history for the labeling of genetically modified foods. Since October of 2011, the campaign has received over 900,000 signatures, with 55 politicians joining in on the movement. So what’s the problem here?

Evidently, the FDA counts the amount of signatures not by how many people signed, but how many different individual letters are brought to it. To the FDA, even tens of thousands of signatures presented on a single petition are counted as – you guessed it – a single comment. This is how, despite over a million supporters being gathered by the petition, the FDA concluded a count of only 394.

“This is an election year and there are more than a million people who say this is important to them. This is petition has nothing to do with whether or genetically modified foods are dangerous. We don’t label dangerous foods, we take them off the shelves. This petition is about a the citizens’ right to know what they are eating and whether or not these foods represent a novel change.” said Andrew Kimbrell an attorney for the Center for Food Safety, one of the partner groups on the Just Label It campaign.

The argument as to whether genetically modified foods are dangerous is a whole discussion on its own, but for the FDA to completely sidestep away from the labeling of GM foods is completely and utterly irresponsible. Consumers have every right to know what they are consuming. Needless to say, biotechology giant Monsanto is against GMO labeling, claiming that it would mislead consumers since GMOs are ‘perfectly safe’. Of course there is plenty of evidence proving that GMOs are not completely safe, and how they affect life in the long-term is questionable to say the least. Either way, there is enough controversy surrounding the issue which is cause for alarm for millions of people, and Monsanto’s opinion on GMOs safety is a sorry excuse for not labeling foods as GM. Is the FDA avoiding such an issue because so many ties exist between genetically modified makers like Monsanto and the agency?

The bottom line is that you have the right to know what is in your food, and what your food IS. Denying that right, whether it be by the essential deletion of millions of signatures on a petition, or by ignoring the voices of thousands of people on the street, is taking power away from the people.

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