Patty Murray: Support the GE Salmon Labeling Act!

In July, Senate Bill 1528 – Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act, was introduced to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Murkowski (R) from Alaska, and co-sponsored by Washington Sen. Cantwell (D), as well as Sen. Sullivan (R) from Arkansas and Sen. Merkley (D) from Oregon.

The legislation: 
1)    Mandates that GE salmon be labeled (with words “genetically engineered” or “GE”).
2)    Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure a third-party independent scientific review of the of the previous FDA decision that declared AquAdvantage salmon fit for human consumption, and for all genetically engineered finfish meant for human consumption in the future.
The third party review would focus on ecological effects as well as human consumptive safety.
CAGJ sent a letter to Senator Cantwell signed by Food Justice Project Members thanking her for co-sponsoring SB 1528. Senator Murray is the high-ranking member of the Committee that must approve the bill for it to move forward, but she has yet to make any public statements on supporting the labeling requirement. Now we need to get Senator Murray to support SB 1529!
Tell Senator Patty Murray: Support the GE Salmon Labeling Act!
Submit your concern directly to Sen. Murray’s office using this online contact form and copy/paste the message below – or alter it to your own words!
Dear Senator Murray,

As a community organization working for food justice, we support the right to know about genetically modified and engineered foods. We therefore urge you to co-sponsor S.1528 – Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act.

In 2011, you championed taking a cautious approach to genetically engineered salmon and its potential threats to public health and our invaluable aquatic ecosystems. We feel this was necessary and important work. Thank you for speaking out and taking a stand.

We hope that you will continue to be an advocate amongst your colleagues for a mandate to label GE salmon if it ever goes to market, specifically by supporting Senate Bill S.1528 alongside Senator Cantwell. Millions of U.S. citizens and consumers clearly feel it is our right to know about how the food that is marketed to us is produced, so that we can make choices not only about the health of our bodies, our families and our communities, but to have some say about what kind of food system we have, and how it impacts the environment.

Finally, we are committed to support the tribal sovereignty of Native Northwest peoples, and the co-management of Northwest fisheries by Treaty Tribes and U.S. state actors. Northwest tribes have already organized to pass multiple resolutions urging federal agencies to stunt GE salmon production and distribution before industry and state actors make good faith conferrals with the governments of the Northwest treaty tribes. We hope you will bring this perspective into your advocacy.


Food Justice Project members of Community Alliance for Global Justice

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