GE Food Labelling and Fast Track

Jill Taylor Bussiere jdt at itol.com
Sun Oct 28 12:23:23 EST 2001


Thought those of you who are passionate about biodiversity, caution, and
consumer knowledge in issues related to the food system might be interested
in this post.
                    Jill, Wi

FAST TRACK BILL WILL MAKE LABELLING GENETICALLY ENGINEERED
FOODS ILLEGAL!

Why Should You Take Action NOW?

Bill HR 3005, "Trade Promotion Authority," is currently
being considered in the US House of Representatives. It
is also known as Fast Track.
A VOTE IN THE CONGRESS IS LIKELY WITHIN
THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!

Pro-GMO legislators have put in language in
HR 3005 that would make GMO labeling ILLEGAL as well as
eliminating the precautionary principle for
GMO regulation. (The Democratic "alternative" to this
bill, though better in some aspects, has the EXACT SAME
LANGUAGE regarding GMOs.) If either bill passes, then the
US would be able to force European countries to accept
unlabeled US GMO products!

Fast Track would also allow the President to
negotiate trade pacts like the Free Trade Area of the
Americas without any input from Congress. Consequently,
Congress would waive the right to criticize
the absence of labor, human rights or environmental
provisions in the final pact! But if Fast Track fails, we
have a good chance of stopping the FTAA!

What can you do?
Use the AFL-CIO toll-free number to call Congress
1-800-393-1082. You will have to enter a zip code in order
to reach representatives from your area.

Tell them you are a constituent (if you are) or that you
live in their area. Tell them you oppose Fast Track and
you want to know if they do too.


You can also send an email message to
Congress NOW by visiting:
http://action.citizen.org/pc/issues/alert/?alertid=57813&type=CO&
enter your zip code in the Take Action Now field.

For more information on Fast Track see:
http://www.citizen.org/hot_issues/issue.cfm?ID=138

For more information on the FTAA see:
http://www.purefood.org/corp/ftaaresources.cfm or contact
OCA at ftaa at purefood.org



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