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KEEP OUR FOOD SAFE

TELL YOUR U.S. SENATOR YOU OPPOSE HB 1599

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

Activists for Gun Background Checks

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.

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.