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GMO Labeling Campaign Meetings Happening around the State

Published on Saturday, January 19, 2013

GMO Labeling Campaign Meetings Happening around the State

From TILTH News - forwarded by Seth Williams

Event date: 1/23/2013 3:30 PM Export event

Hi all, I want to let people know about this GMO campaign happening in Spokane this Wednesday Jan 23 and other dates on the West side, detailed below.

Many GMO's are going through approval processes and could soon be showing up in ecosystems nearby, and once released may be uncontrollable. Their spread can do permanent damage to heirloom and organic foods, which may no longer be certified if they have more than 1% GMO content. Alfalfa, wheat and salmon are knocking on the door, and are just a few examples of very important species that will be altered beyond repair. This issue goes beyond food safety, because these GMOs will change our natural and built ecosystems in new and untested ways. I suggest people take a close look at this technology and decide if we want to live with it going forward or do something to stop its spread. With effort we can prevent a repeat of what happened in California last November, put the GMO industry on notice, and empower others to act.

I look forward to joining you in this work to shape our sustainable future. Thanks, Seth

Tilth Producers promotes ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable farming practices that improve the health of our communities and natural environment.

Have you heard already that the Label It WA campaign succeeded in gathering more than enough signatures (over 350,000 total) to bring GMO labeling to the Washington State legislature and probably to the ballot? Congratulations to everyone who helped make that happen! We did it!

The work is just beginning, though. There's a long road ahead of us to make sure the legislative initiative turns into law. Food and Water Watch has organized Campaign Action Meetings in 5 cities in Washington to build a grassroots base to win the campaign to label GMO foods. They're calling the campaign "Let Me Decide". These meetings are a great way to plug in to this effort!

 

Here's a list of all the upcoming meetings:

Seattle:

Tuesday, January 22nd, 7:00-8:00 pm

Good Shepherd Center, Room 202 

4649 Sunnyside Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103

 

Redmond:

Wednesday, January 23rd, 7:00-8:00 pm

SoulFood Books

15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052

 

Spokane:

Wednesday, January 23, 6:30-7:30 pm

Spokane Downtown Library, Meeting Room 1A

906 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

 

Vancouver:

Thursday, January 24th, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Cascade Park Community Library

600 Northeast 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98694

Tacoma:

Wednesday, January 30th, 6:00-7:00 pm

Moore Branch Public Library

215 South 56th St., Tacoma, WA 98408

 

 

Here's more information from Food and Water Watch:

 

There could not be a more exciting time to be working on the issue of labeling genetically engineered food here in Washington. GE labeling will be up for a vote on the ballot in November and the fight has already begun. To learn more and get involved, join us for one of our "Let Me Decide" Campaign Action Meetings.



Recently, over 350,000 petitions signed by concerned citizens of Washington were delivered to get the issue of GE labeling on the ballot. Now, all eyes are on Washington.



GE foods are largely untested and potentially unsafe, and what's worse, they've been on the shelves of our grocery stores for over 15 years without our knowledge or consent. We all have the right to know what we are eating and make our own decisions about what we are feeding our families.



We think this is a basic, common sense right but agribusiness companies, like Monsanto, are sure to spend millions trying to mislead voters about this initiative. We can win if we act now to lay a strong groundwork of support for the initiative, so that next fall Washington voters know the facts and stand up for their right to know.



We can start now by taking action locally. The best way to get involved with this grassroots movement for a just, transparent food system is to come out to a "Let Me Decide" Campaign Action Meeting.



Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Contact: Emma Boorboor

Seattle Field Organizer

Food & Water Watch

eboorboor@fwwlocal.org

856 264 3808  

 

Tilth Producers of Washington
www.tilthproducers.org
206-632-7506
organic@tilthproducers.org

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