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KEEP OUR FOOD SAFE

TELL YOUR U. S. SENATOR YOU OPPOSE HB 1599

  • HB1599 would lead to food contaminated with carcinogens and hormone disrupters.
  • Don’t let Monsanto’s money overturn the opinion of 93% of the American public.
  • Allow states to require labels on GMO’s.

Senator Sherrod Brown
216 – 522 – 7272
http://www.brown.senate.gov/contact/

Senator Rob Portman
216 – 522 – 7095
https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form

The U. S. Senate will soon take up the “Monsanto Dream Bill,” HB 1599, that would prevent any state from requiring the labeling of food produced from GMO crops despite the will of the people.  While GMO products are not dangerous per se, it is the specific consequences of some of those genetic manipulations that have proved dangerous to human health.  The most obvious one is glyphosate-ready crops (wheat, corn, soy most notably).  Glyphosate (RoundUp ®) can now be used to spray fields of crops without discretion, resulting in “unanticipated” consequences like super-weeds that are also glyphosate-resistant.1  You then have to spray even more RoundUp on the fields.

Most significantly, however, is that glyphosate gets into our food supply.  It is a known hormone disrupter, causing fetal anomalies and fetal loss.2  While it is labeled as a carcinogen throughout much of the Western World, the full impact of that potential is yet to be determined because of the long time lag seen with most carcinogens.3

93% of Americans agree that foods made from GMO crops should be labeled as such.4  Because of the huge amounts of money given to legislators from Monsanto and others, however, our government not only is ignoring the will of the people, but planning to intentionally bar us from doing anything about it.

REFERENCES:

  1. “The Rise of Superweeds,” Union of Concerned Scientists, Dec 2013
  2. C Gasnier, et. al., Glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic and hormone disruptors in human cell lines, Toxicology, 8/21/09.
  3. “Further Evidence that Herbicide Glyphosate (Monsanto RoundUp) Causes Cancer, GlobalResearch, 3/24/15.
  4. ABC News Poll 6/19/15 (93%), Consumer Reports  6/09/14 (92%), NYT 7/27/13 (93%)

Vote on Ohio House Bill 48 postponed !

 TWO BILLS IN THE OHIO LEGISLATURE REQUIRE YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

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Ohio SB 180 Hearing
Wednesday, October 7.

This bill would prevent employers from protecting their workplace from guns that employees want to keep in their cars in the company parking lot.

Call or e-mail the Senate Civil Justice Committee and tell them you oppose SB 180.

Chair:  R – Kevin Bacon
(614) 466-8064          http://www.ohiosenate.gov/bacon/contact

Ranking Minority Member:  D – Michael Skindell
(614) 466-5123          http://www.ohiosenate.gov/skindell/contact

Tell these Senators and Representatives that you know that these laws, intended to make Ohioans safer, actually will put us at ever greater risk for gun violence, gun deaths, domestic violence, suicides, deaths of law enforcement officers, accidental deaths, and child deaths.

HB 48 Vote
Wednesday, October 7

“Guns Everywhere” bill would, among other things, extend the right of gun owners to carry a concealed weapon in places where they previously were prohibited, including day care centers, higher education campuses, and certain government buildings.   It would also reduce the penalties for those who violate the laws on carrying concealed weapons.

Call or e-mail your representative and tell him or her you oppose HB 48.

District 34:  Emilia Strong Sykes
(614) 466-3100          http://www.ohiohouse.gov/emilia-strong-sykes/contact

District 35:  Greta Johnson
(614) 644-6037          http://www.ohiohouse.gov/greta-johnson/contact

District 36:  Anthony DeVitis
(614) 466-1790          http://www.ohiohouse.gov/anthony-devitis/contact

District 37:  Kristina Roegner
(614) 466-1177          http://www.ohiohouse.gov/kristina-roegner/contact

District 38:  Marilyn Slaby
(614) 644-5085          http://www.ohiohouse.gov/marilyn-slaby/contact

 

These changes would increase the risk that Ohioans will be injured or killed by gunfire.
Many, many, many studies have shown that the risk of injury or death from gunfire increases in areas with higher rates of gun ownership.

  • Guns foster rather than deter criminal activity. National Bureau of Economic Research, 2015
  • The higher the rate of gun ownership, the higher the firearm homicide rate. American Journal of Public Health, November 2013. 
  • Increases in gun ownership lead to a higher gun-homicide rate and legislation allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons does not reduce crime. National Bureau of Economic Research, 2015
  • Each one percent of increase in a state’s gun ownership rate increases a state’s firearm homicide rate by .9%. Boston University, 2013
  • Law enforcement officers are more likely to be killed by gunfire in areas of high public gun ownership. American Journal of Public Health, October 2015
  • In homes, cities, states and regions in the US, where there are more guns, both men and women are at higher risk for homicide, particularly firearm homicide. Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal. 2004;
  • Individuals in possession of a gun were 4 to 5 times more likely to be shot in an assault than those not in possession. American Journal of Public Health, November, 2009
  • Across developed countries, where guns are more available, there are more homicides. These results often hold even when the United States is excluded. Journal of Trauma. 2000
  • States with higher levels of household gun ownership had higher rates of firearm homicide and overall homicide.  This relationship held for both genders and all age groups, Social Science and Medicine. 2007
  • States, regions, and countries with higher rates of household gun ownership have higher rates of gun suicide. Concealed Carry rights do not confer increased security on citizens.   National Academy of Science, 2004
  • Rather than confer protection, guns kept in the home are associated with an increase in the risk of homicide by a family member or intimate acquaintance. New England Journal of Medicine Preventive Medicine, 1993
  • Right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates” of aggravated assault, rape, robbery and murder, said Donohue. The Stanford News, 2014

Tell these Senators and Representatives that you know that these laws, intended to make Ohioans safer, actually will put us at ever greater risk for gun violence, gun deaths, domestic violence, suicides, deaths of law enforcement officers, accidental deaths, and child deaths.