Help Stop this Farm Bill Amendment that could Wipe Out State GMO Labeling Laws
Farm Bill is one step closer to reality after last week’s decision by the House
and Senate to go to conference to hammer out the differences be their two
news is that the House version still contains an amendment, introduced by Rep.
Steve King (R-Iowa) that could wipe out state laws on food and farming,
including state laws requiring labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Please call your Senators and Representative at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to drop the King Amendment from the Farm Bill.
Amendment is intended to block California from implementing a law, already
passed, that requires farm animals to be given enough
space to spread their limbs and turn around. But the way the amendment is
written, it would take away states' rights to pass laws on food and farming,
including GMO labeling laws like the ones passed earlier this year in Maine and
Connecticut, and the citizens’ initiative we’re working so hard to pass next
month in Washington State.
Saturday, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives chose a group of
legislators who are now tasked with hammering out the differences between their
two versions of the Farm Bill. The King
Amendment is only in the House version of the bill, so the conference committee
could choose to drop it. And the committee is a lot more likely to do that if
members get thousands of phone calls from constituents warning them not to pass
this anti-democratic law that helps factory farms, hurts animals and takes away
states' rights to regulate food and farming.
Please call your Senators and Representative at (202) 244-3121. You can say:
calling because I oppose the King Amendment in the House version of the
bill. The King Amendment is aimed at
blocking the implementation of a California law I support that says farm
animals should have enough space to spread their limbs and turn around. Farm
animals shouldn't be tortured in factory farms. It's cruel to the animals and
crowded conditions create food safety problems. But the King Amendment doesn't
just block one law; it takes away the rights of states to enforce any law that
regulates food or farming. Please tell my congressperson to stop the King Amendment."