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Every week I'll try and provide you some relevant GMO news in case you missed it.
- District of Columbia Council Members David Grosso (I-At Large) and Kenyan McDuffie (D-5 Ward) have proposed a bill that would end corporate run elections, in exchange for publicly financed elections. The bill, Fair Elections D.C., would seek to curb a culture of corruption by taking out corporate interest and lobbyists money. Click here for the article.
- Bill Gates and biotech companies are saving GMO seed for future generations. See article here.
- Roseanne Barr testified in a hearing in Hawaii, Ground Zero for GMOs, this past week.
- The Supreme Court ruled that 80% of generic pharmaceutical companies can't be sued for wrongdoing.
- Exactly one week after Americans celebrated Independence Day and the 4th of July, Monsanto and their pesticide and junk food allies at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) are once again declaring war on the GMO labeling movement in the U.S. Today, lobbyists from the same corporations that helped defeat Prop 37 last year in California are meeting behind closed doors in Washington DC to try to kill efforts to win GMO labeling in the U.S. for good. Last week, The Hill reported that the GMA is calling for the secret meeting because the growing success of the GMO labeling movement has created an “unprecedented period of turmoil” for the chemical, biotech and junk food companies that the GMA represents. The good news is that despite considerable efforts to stop GMO labeling this year in more than 20 state capitals, Monsanto and the GMA are reeling after the passage of back-to-back GMO labeling bills in Connecticut and Maine. Now, however, they’ve set their sights on killing Washington State’s ballot initiative Yes on I-522. We’ve come too far and we can’t let up now. The GMA represents 300 of the world’s most powerful and profitable companies – trusted brands like Coke, Pepsi, Kellogg’s, Kraft and General Mills, the same companies that killed labeling efforts in the past. Right now, they’re in a panic because in the past month grassroots efforts have succeeded in passing GMO labeling bills and we’re making real progress in other states across the country. Last year, the GMA claimed that defeating Prop 37, the ballot initiative in California, to label GMOs, was their “single-highest priority”. Monsanto and the GMA spent more than $46 million to run one of the most deceptive and dishonest political campaigns in recent history to defeat Prop 37 and succeeded. With a major ballot initiative fight looming this fall in Washington State, the chemical and junk food giants are once again meeting behind closed doors today to craft a plan to silence us for good. We're so close to victory - and they know it.