For Immediate Release
Katherine Paul, 207.653.3090
Liz Reitzig, 301.807.5063
Groups to Rally Against Legislation to Keep Consumers in the Dark
Biotech-Backed Bill Would Gut Consumer & States’ Rights to Label GMOs
WASHINGTON - The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) will lead a rally of GMO labeling advocates who oppose HR 4432 introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.). The bill, which has been dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, would block states’ efforts to label food containing genetically engineered ingredients.
Who: Organic Consumers Association (OCA). Participating groups include Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, National Council of Environmental Legislators, Friends of the Earth, Credo, Green America, Weston Price Foundation, Cornucopia Institute, Food Democracy Now!, Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, MoveOn.org, GMO Free USA, March against Monsanto, Moms across America and others.
What: Rally and protest immediately following the Congressional hearing for H.R. 4432 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, followed by an organic lunch where speakers will be available for interviews.
Why: HR. 4432 protects corporate profits at the expense of consumers’ rights to know what’s in their food, and states’ rights to pass food labeling laws
Speakers: Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)
VT Rep. Kate Webb, co-sponsor of Vermont’s GMO labeling law
Jonathan Emord, Attorney, Author
Randy Hartnell, business owner, founder and president of Vital Choice Wild Seafood in Washington State
Will Allen, Author, Farmer who helped pass Vermont’s GMO labeling law
Others to be announced
When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM. Lunch will follow at approximately 11 a.m.
Where: Washington D.C. Rally at southeast corner of the Capitol grounds at Independence and 1st Street, SE. Organic lunch will be held at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE (4th and Independence Ave, SE). A media room will be set up in the library of the church.
Visuals: Families with banners, signs; activists with blindfolds on; caravan of GMO cars (fishycorn cars) link to pictures here.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.