NY, We Have a Bill!

The amended NY GMO labeling bill is here!  Now is the time to contact our representatives to ask them to cosponsor assembly bill A3525 and senate bill S3835.

Our group has spoken to Senator Robach’s office, and we expect that he will support the bill.  We hope to hear whether or not he is willing to cosponsor the bill any day.  I bet he would if more people urged him to: 225-3650, or write to 2300 W. Ridge Rd., Rochester, NY 14626.

Assemblyman Morelle’s office did not indicate support until they had two weeks to review it so now is the time to contact Mr. Morelle to urge his support and cosponsoring.  It takes only moments to call his friendly staff and express yourself at 467-0410, or you can drop him a line: 1945 E. Ridge Rd., Rochester, NY 14622.  We hope to be able to speak in person to Mr. Morelle to present the case for GMO labeling, and the more people backing us up that they care about this issue, the better!

We’re having difficulty reaching Senator O’Brien‘s office.  You can feel free to call, and please share what you find out.  When we have more information, we’ll let you know.

Find your NYS Assemblyperson:  http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/
Find your NYS Senator:  http://www.nysenate.gov/ 

Please let us know what they say.  You can leave comments below, either at our website or Facebook page.

Tell your friends and family!  Kids can write, too!  If we work together, we can stop “dining in the dark.”

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6 Responses to NY, We Have a Bill!

  1. franklyn donzella says:

    called Se. Joe Robach & Assem Morelle

  2. Charles Lehner says:

    called Assemblyman David Gantt

  3. Misha says:

    Do we want to talk about the fine print (in the Senate bill)?

    1. The big one, perhaps: “(C) ANY PROCESSED FOOD THAT WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THIS SECTION SOLELY BECAUSE IT INCLUDES ONE OR MORE MATERIALS PRODUCED BY GENETIC ENGINEER ING IS NOT MISBRANDED PROVIDED THAT THE ENGINEERED MATERIALS IN THE AGGREGATE DO NOT ACCOUNT FOR MORE THAN NINE-TENTHS OF ONE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL WEIGHT OF THE PROCESSED FOOD.”

    That seems to say that any product does not have to be labeled if it is 99.1% not GE. So 0.9% GE is OK? Why?

    I think that labeling 99.1% of our GE products is great, but not if that is how it’s left. I want to label 100% of our products. I agree that this bill is better than no bill, but is now the time to ask for 100% labeling?

    Nine tenths of a percent does not seem like a lot. But, does this mean food coloring? Or added vitamins? Spices? 9/1000th of a pound is 4 grams. That’s 0.8 of a teaspoon. Forgive me if my math is not correct.

    I am no expert in this or in legislation, but does anyone know what this is about? Do we want to talk about this?

    2. Animals that eat GE food but are not GE are not labeled. (Maybe that’s a minor point.)

    3. Alcohol is not labeled. (That may be a pretty big point.)

    4. “(1) IS A PROCESSED FOOD PREPARED AND INTENDED FOR IMMEDIATE HUMAN CONSUMPTION; OR (2) IS SERVED, SOLD, OR OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN ANY RESTAURANT OR OTHER FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT THAT IS PRIMARILY ENGAGED IN THE SALE OF FOOD PREPARED AND INTENDED FOR IMMEDIATE HUMAN CONSUMPTION;”

    –A. What is “processed food prepared for immediate consumption”?
    –B. Why are restaurants excluded? That seems like a small issue, but why not include restaurants? When I eat out I would like to know if the ingredients are GE.

    5. ” (VII) MEDICAL FOOD.”

    What is “medical food”? Pills, vitamins? Why not include those?

    Again, I am glad to see this bill! Even if there are exceptions this seems to be better than no bill. But I do want to make sure I support the bill I want. And that we write the bill we want (as the People).

    • tinako says:

      These are great points. I’m not sure of the answers. I would suggest talking to the folks at GMOFreeNY.net, as they worked with legislators to make a passable bill.

      Our group’s consensus is that we would support and promote the bill whether it had flaws or not. We hoped it would not have this or that shortcoming, but we really had to trust the NY organizers to have gotten the best bill that could be expected to pass, and knew it would not be perfect.

    • connie flynn says:

      misha, i’m just replying to 100% labeling of foods. i have latex allergy(all things rubber). in clothing if an item in clothing is less than 5% of the content, it does not have to be listed. this can make it difficult to get latex free clothing. elastic can be less than 5%, & i’m stuck with something i can react to & usually do. not trying to be negative, just giving you info about what has happened with labeling with other things. will do what i can to help. connie

  4. Sue Wemett says:

    Vitamins are a major issue for those of us with food intolerances and GMO intolerances (I am severely maltodextrin intolerant). Vitamins contain a large amount of fillers and additives. Perhaps the problem is that there is no proof vitamins are really necessary for health or proof of effectiveness? I have an awful time finding vitamins which don’t contain maltodextrin. It would have also been helpful for me when I was pregnant – my second pregnancy it turned out that what I thought was morning sickness was a reaction to a binder/filler or otherwise. Switched to a name brand and was ok. But how many other women does this effect? I’m sure I wasn’t the only one – and does it effect the babies? My daughter had some minor issues, ADHD, scoliosis, chronic spinal issues, visual focusing issues. Can any of the be tracked to my reaction to those vitamins? I think vitamins are a dangerous thing for manufacturers to be fooling with since they could effect a large portion of the population.

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