Fw: Mpls GMO Resolution: We Won!!

sal sals at rain.org
Fri Aug 25 15:57:21 EDT 2000


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian Levy" <blevy at ILSR.ORG>
To: <SANET-MG at LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU>
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2000 11:27 AM
Subject: Mpls GMO Resolution: We Won!!


> This just in---
> 
> The Minneapolis City Council just passed the resolution calling for
> labeling GM foods, corporate liability, and urging organic foods to be
> considered in city contracts!  It passed this morning (Friday) 11-1.
> Almost all of the original language was preserved- the exception was the
> organics provision- language changed from "giving preference to"  to
> "including" organic foods in city contracts.
> 
> Some of you might remember a Strib article on Monday stating that
> support for the resolution was 'tepid', with several derogatory quotes
> from the Mayor's office and other Council members.  As of today, the
> Mayor had called to apologize for her staff's comments, and Council
> members were reportedly getting flooded with phone calls.  At the
> Council meeting, praise for the resolution and organic foods was
> inspiring- Lisa Goodman brought a 2 ft organic zucchini from her farm,
> Jackie Cherryholmes praised the virtues of her CSA and organic russet
> potatos, and several other members stressed the need for labeling GM
> foods.
> 
> The resolution now goes to the Mayor, who has assured us she will sign
> it.  This is a great first step- as a resolution, it is rather
> toothless, but the show of Council support will go a long way in helping
> us to get organic foods into schools and has built momentum and networks
> to lobby the legislature on these issues in the upcoming session.  To my
> knowledge, Minneapolis has now passed the strongest anti-GMO, pro
> organics resolution in the country:  Austin and Boston have passed GM
> labeling, San Francisco's (the original text for the Mpls resolution!)
> is still in committee. Great work, and a big thanks to Councilmember Jim
> Niland for introducing this!
> 
> Final language of the resolution will be posted shortly, along with more
> details.
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> 
> 
> 
> Brian
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