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Chef Tom Colicchio Gathers Quarter-Million Signatures to Kill Anti-GMO Labeling Bill

Chef Tom Colicchio Gathers Quarter-Million Signatures to Kill Anti-GMO Labeling Bill

By | April 23rd, 2014 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |

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Tom Colicicchio announced that a week after launching petitions urging Congress to kill legislation that would keep Americans in the dark about the ingredients in their food, more than a quarter million signatures have been gathered.

Food Policy Action launches StopTheDarkAct.com to Hold Congress Accountable For Immediate Release Wednesday April 23, 2014 Contact: Claire Benjamin 202-631-6362 cbenjamin@foodpolicyaction.org Washington, DC – Tom Colicicchio announced that a week after launching petitions urging Congress to kill legislation that would keep Americans in the dark about the ingredients in their food, more than a quarter million signatures…


Food Policy Action launches StopTheDarkAct.com to Hold Congress Accountable For Immediate Release Wednesday April 23, 2014 Contact: Claire Benjamin 202...

Food Policy Action launches StopTheDarkAct.com to Hold Congress Accountable

For Immediate Release Wednesday April 23, 2014
Contact: Claire Benjamin 202-631-6362 cbenjamin@foodpolicyaction.org

Washington, DC – Tom Colicicchio announced that a week after launching petitions urging Congress to kill legislation that would keep Americans in the dark about the ingredients in their food, more than a quarter million signatures have been gathered.

The petition blasts a bill introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., that would block states and the federal government from requiring labels on genetically modified food. Two states have already passed labeling laws, and more than 30 others are expected to introduce similar bills or ballot initiatives this year. Pompeo’s bill is so bad that its opponents have dubbed it the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act – the DARK Act.

In response to unprecedented public interest in the DARK Act, Food Policy Action launched www.StopTheDarkAct.com to hold Congress accountable for its action on the bill.

“The simple truth is, 93% of Americans want GMO foods to be labeled,” said Colicchio. “As a chef, I want to know what I’m serving my customers, and as a father, I should be able to make an informed decision about what I’m feeding my kids. This bill risks pre-empting states, and taking that right away from consumers.”

“We launched StopTheDarkAct.com in response to the incredible reaction we saw to this mis-guided bill,” said Claire Benjamin, managing director of Food Policy Action. “We’ve heard from thousands and thousands of consumers who want to know how to hold their legislators accountable. If Congress votes on this dangerous piece of legislation, we are going to make sure the public knows about it.”

A legislative proposal drafted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association is nearly identical to the Pompeo bill.

Food Policy Action will deliver the signatures later this spring. Over a quarter million signatures have been gathered between Colicchio’s petitions on CREDO mobilize and Food Policy Action’s website.

Tom Colicchio Urges Congress To Reject Anti-GMO Labeling Bill

Tom Colicchio Urges Congress To Reject Anti-GMO Labeling Bill

By | April 17th, 2014 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |

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In response to a federal anti-GMO labeling bill introduced last week, Food Policy Action’s Tom Colicchio and CREDO launched a petition urging congressional leaders to reject the legislation that would keep Americans in the dark about the ingredients in their food.

For Immediate Release Thursday April 17, 2014 Contact: Claire Benjamin 202-631-6362 cbenjamin@foodpolicyaction.org Petition to Kill Rep. Pompeo’s Anti-GMO Labeling bill generates 140,000 signatures Washington, DC — In response to a federal anti-GMO labeling bill introduced last week, Food Policy Action’s Tom Colicchio and CREDO launched a petition urging congressional leaders to reject the legislation that…


For Immediate Release Thursday April 17, 2014 Contact: Claire Benjamin 202-631-6362 cbenjamin@foodpolicyaction.org Petition to Kill Rep. Pompeo's Anti-GM...

For Immediate Release Thursday April 17, 2014
Contact: Claire Benjamin 202-631-6362 cbenjamin@foodpolicyaction.org

Petition to Kill Rep. Pompeo’s Anti-GMO Labeling bill generates 140,000 signatures

Washington, DC — In response to a federal anti-GMO labeling bill introduced last week, Food Policy Action’s Tom Colicchio and CREDO launched a petition urging congressional leaders to reject the legislation that would keep Americans in the dark about the ingredients in their food.

The petition, which gathered more than 140,000 signatures in the first 48 hours, blasts a bill introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., that would block states and the federal government from requiring labels on genetically modified food. Two states have already passed labeling laws, and more than 30 others are expected to introduce similar bills or ballot initiatives this year. Pompeo’s bill is so bad that its opponents have dubbed it the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act – the DARK Act.

“The overwhelming majority of Americans want GMO foods to be labeled,” said Colicchio. “As a chef, I want to know what I’m serving my customers, and as a father, I should be able to make an informed decision about what I’m feeding my kids. More than ever, consumers want to know what is in their food, but this dangerous and dishonest bill takes us in the wrong direction.”

Colicchio, a founding board member of Food Policy Action, also sent a letter to members of Congress last week alerting them that support for the DARK Act would likely be scored negatively in the 2014 National Food Policy Scorecard.

Launched in 2012, Food Policy Action educates the public about food policies and publishes an annual National Food Policy Scorecard, which scores members of Congress on a wide range of food and farm votes.

“The Pompeo bill is a great example of the need for Food Policy Action,” said Ken Cook, founding chairman of Food Policy Action. “For the first time someone is keeping score, and holding lawmakers accountable for how they are voting on food policy. If Congress votes on this reprehensible piece of legislation, we are going to make sure the public knows about it.”

A legislative proposal drafted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association is nearly identical to the Pompeo bill.

Food Policy Action and CREDO will keep their petition open until the end of the month before delivering it to Congress.

More information on the petition can be found here: Tom Colicchio Petition

 

Food Policy Action to Congress: Support States Rights, Don’t Co-Sponsor Anti-GMO Labeling Bill

Food Policy Action to Congress: Support States Rights, Don’t Co-Sponsor Anti-GMO Labeling Bill

By | April 14th, 2014 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |

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Food Policy Action urges Congress not to support the so-called 'Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act' introduced by Congressman Mike Pompeo last week in the House of Representatives.

For Immediate Release: Monday April 14, 2014 Food Policy Action Statement on Pompeo GMO State Preemption Bill April 14, 2014, Washington, DC — Food Policy Action urges Congress not to support the so-called ‘Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act’ introduced by Congressman Mike Pompeo last week in the House of Representatives. Food Policy Action may…


For Immediate Release: Monday April 14, 2014 Food Policy Action Statement on Pompeo GMO State Preemption Bill April 14, 2014, Washington, DC — Food...

For Immediate Release: Monday April 14, 2014

Food Policy Action Statement on Pompeo GMO State Preemption Bill

April 14, 2014, Washington, DC — Food Policy Action urges Congress not to support the so-called ‘Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act’ introduced by Congressman Mike Pompeo last week in the House of Representatives.

Food Policy Action may negatively score co-sponsorship of H.R. 4432 in the 2014 National Food Policy Scorecard.

Full text of the letter to Congress is below.

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Dear Member of Congress,

Yesterday the so-called ‘Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act’ was introduced in the House. This bill would pre-empt states from requiring labeling of genetically engineered food, and override bills in more than two dozen states that would require food made with GE crops to be labeled. This bill has been more accurately dubbed the ‘Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act.

Food Policy Action may negatively score co-sponsorship of H.R. 4432 in the 2014 National Food Policy Scorecard.

Americans want the right to know what is in their food, and with 64 nations already requiring labeling including Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and the European Union, this bill risks moving the U.S. even further backwards.

Food Policy Action is urging Members not to co-sponsor H.R. 4432.

Thank you,

Tom Colicchio
Chef, Restaurateur
Food Policy Action Board Member

Contact: Claire Benjamin: cbenjamin@foodpolicyaction.org

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