Dear Rep. Bonamici,
I am a voter in your district. I oppose the legislation H.R. 1599. I encourage you to vote against it.
The assumption that GMO foods are "substantially equivalent" to organic food and therefore should not be subject to mandatory re-release testing is the basis for the FDA's treatment of GMOs today. Successfully promoted by Dan Quayle as a part of President George H. W. Bush's push to eliminate 'unnecessary' regulation, the assumption unfortunately is a myth endangering our food chain; an assumption even the AMA has rejected. The AMA has most recently called for MANDATORY PRE-RELEASE testing of all GMO foods.
The fact of the matter is there is ample reason for concern about GMOS causing long-term human and habitat harms. Monsanto and Industry cheerleaders who contend there is a scientific consensus about the safety of GMOs are simply lying. I encourage you to read, "No scientific consensus on GMO safety", http://www.enveurope.com/content/pdf/s12302-014-0034-1.pdfon%20safety and "GMO Myths and Truths", http://www.nongmoproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/GMO-Myths-and-Truths-edition2.pdf.
Our top cancer research and treatment centers certainly don't agree there is anything like scientific consensus about GMO safety. World famous Dana Farber Cancer Institute, has this to say about the wisdom of its cancer patients just saying no to GMO FOODS:
"It’s important to pay special attention when buying soy protein or fiber powders that they do not contain any GMOs. GMOs are organisms that have been genetically modified by genetic engineering. An example is taking a component from the arctic flounder that has properties like anti-freeze and splicing them into a tomato to prevent damage from frost.
Why are GMOs a big concern? They are not natural so we do not know the individual effects on people that ingest them. Not all protein or fiber powders contain this but you want to read the label closely to be sure." http://www.dana-farber.org/Health-Library/Soy-Fiber-in-Powder-Formula.aspx
MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas put it this way:
"What’s the concern? Many people believe that altering the DNA of a plant or animal has a significant effect on a person’s chances of developing cancer. But the current research on the health risks of GMOs is inconclusive. In other words, researchers cannot confirm whether or not GMOs increase cancer risks." http://www.mdanderson.org/patient-and-cancer-information/cancer-information/cancer-topics/prevention-and-screening/food/gmoscancer.html
The sixty-four countries around the world that already require labeling of genetically modified foods, including all of the European Union, Russia, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand understand that at least until the science ACTUALLY is in, adults should be allowed to decide for themselves whether they want to roll the dice with their health and the health of their children.
If we cannot pass a federal law REQUIRING labeling in every State, at the very least Congress should do no harm and let the people in each State petition their government to protect them.
My apologies for being so windy. I'm very passionate on this topic and feel we all must realize putting profits before people and our fragile planetary ecosystems is wrong on every level and has got to stop.
Thank you for listening,
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