[hepr-vn] labelling of genetically manipulated products (case of USA)
chucksearcy at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 18 13:25:34 EST 2012
Thanks for this timely alert.
It does seem as though much more activity has been underway in Vietnam regarding GMOs than the government has admitted publicly. They may be trying to achieve a "critical mass" in which enough GMO seeds have been used so that future contamination cannot be stopped and GMOs will become a widespread reality here, a fait accompli.
In which case the Vietnamese have lost control of their future food supply, they have lost their food sovereignty and that is truly a national security issue. Monsanto should not be controlling Vietnam's food supply -- but that is the agenda of the multi-national agribusiness corporations.
Please share whatever research and materials you come across that would add to the base of knowledge on this important issue.
I hope others will do the same.
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>Cc: Chuck Searcy <chucksearcy at yahoo.com>
>Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2012 1:49 AM
>Subject: labelling of genetically manipulated products (case of USA)
>Viet Nam is now implementing a large-scale conversion to Genetically manipulated
>agricultural crops (see attached from ISG website). GM crops are the object of
>controversy, both because their possible heath consequences and the economic
>dependence on seed manufacturing companies. If you haven't done so, please
>study the professional literature on this subject. Vern
>From: Chuck Searcy <chucksearcy at yahoo.com>
>Subject: Fw: Ten days to reach one million
>Date: 18 March 2012 1:31:11 AM AEDT
>To: NGO-SANRM <ngo-sanrm at ngocentre.org.vn>
>Reply-To: Chuck Searcy <chucksearcy at yahoo.com>
>A number of us in
>Vietnam have joined with Vietnamese friends in leadership positions, in
>health and environmental organizations and other NGOs, including
>proponents of sustainable agricultural practices, to try to warn
>the Vietnamese government of the potential dangers of genetically
>mutated seeds and crops. One of the arguments we hear about "undue
>concerns" regarding GMO products is that "on grocery shelves in the U.S. genetically engineered foods are not labeled. So what's the worry?"
>Exactly. That is why so many Americans are angry. We have come to expect truth in packaging, but this deliberate and so far legalomission of a critical health factor in food labeling has been permitted by the U.S. government as a result of multi-million dollar lobbying by the giant agribusiness companies.
>If we can force the U.S. government to set this right, as is the case in Europe where GMO labeling is a legal requirement, it will not only help American families know what foods they are buying and eating, it will also encourage the Vietnamese to take a hard look
>at the efforts of Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and others to bring GMO seeds and crops into Vietnam.
>There are just 10 more days until the FDA
>must respond publicly to a petition calling for labeling of genetically
>engineered foods. I submitted a comment to the FDA demanding that genetically
>engineered foods be labeled. In about 30 seconds and with just a few clicks, you can do the same, at this link: http://www.justlabelit.org/take-action?track=taf.
>25 Truong Han Sieu, #302, Hanoi, Vietnam
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>Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:59:31 -0400
>From: info at justlabelit.org
>To: xunbio at hotmail.com
>Subject: Ten days to reach one million
>Help us make history and send one million comments to the FDA.
>We only have 10 days to reach our goal.
>Please tell 5 friends to contact the FDA today. Just forward the email below!
>It's make it or break it time. We have just 10 days to reach our goal of
>sending a record-breaking ONE MILLION comments to the FDA in support of
>labeling genetically engineered foods. We only need 12,500 more people to send comments to the FDA to meet our goal and we need your help.
>There's only 10 days until the FDA's "due date" to respond publicly to the petition calling for GMO labeling – and every comment is a statement that Americans care about what's in their food.
>With our one million comments we will be making history: This will set a new record!
>But we need your help in this race to the finish line. Please forward the email below to friends, family members, and colleagues and ask them to join you in contacting the FDA.
>We all have a right to know whether our food has been genetically
>engineered so we can make informed decisions about what we eat or feed
>our families. In fact, against the backdrop of a deeply divided nation,
>polls show that more than 92 percent of Americans agree on labeling
>This issue cuts across partisan lines, and with your help, our leaders in
>Washington won't be able to sidestep this issue any longer.
>–Naomi, Nancy, Alex, Sue, and the entire Just Label It team
>The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to approve genetically
>engineered salmon, which would be the first genetically engineered
>animal on supermarket shelves in the United States. The salmon is
>engineered to produce hormones year-round that cause the fish to grow at twice its natural rate. But without labels, we'll never know.
>We need to speak out now, because there's just 10 more days until the FDA
>must respond publicly to a petition calling for labeling of genetically
>engineered foods -- and we need to make sure the FDA knows how ordinary
>Americans feel about this issue before that deadline.
>That's why I submitted a comment to the FDA demanding that genetically
>engineered foods be labeled. And in about 30 seconds and with just a few clicks, you can join me. Will you tell the FDA that you support
>mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods too?
>Please, click on that link and contact the FDA today. They need to hear from more people like you and me.
>We're building a movement of concerned citizens – parents, health care
>workers, small business owners, farmers, and more – who care about
>what's in the food we eat.
>In October 2011, the Just Label It campaign was formed when the Center for Food Safety filed a petition with the Food & Drug Administration
>(FDA) to require the labeling of all foods produced using genetic
>engineering. Days later, we asked citizens from around the country to
>join us and tell the FDA to "Just Label It." By our latest count, more
>than 980,000 Americans have sent comments to the FDA urging them to
>label genetically engineered foods. Help us reach one million by asking
>others to sign on at www.JustLabelIt.org/takeaction.
>Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Learn more at www.JustLabelIt.org
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