Ten Senators, Zero Promises
It took months of dogging the office gatekeepers and synchronizing schedules.
But as promised, the Organic Consumers Fund arranged meetings with 10 (well, eight, technically), of the 71 U.S. Senators who on May 24, 2013, voted against the Sanders Amendment to the Farm Bill. (The Sanders Amendment,
introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), was intended to definitively
establish that states have the right to label genetically engineered
ingredients in food sold in retail stores).
What we learned
was this: Not one out of the 10 senators, including staunch Republicans
who historically have fought for states’ rights, would commit to
rejecting federal legislation intended to preempt or overturn states’
rights to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food products.
On the upside, we were
able to deliver our message, and let it be known that consumers—and
voters—in these 10 states expect lawmakers to take GMO labeling laws