Slow Food MV – GMO Free Intitative
Great news: Yesterday (01/13/15), our legislative champions filed a GMO labeling bill in the Massachusetts legislature for the 2015-16 legislative session. Now we need YOUR help to recruit a majority of lawmakers to co-sponsor the bill before the end of the month. Let’s start the new session with a bang!
In the last legislative session, 2013-14, the Massachusetts GMO labeling bill made it further than it ever had before, and we went from 20 original co-sponsors to 146 legislators who expressed their support by the end of the session. Because of YOU (over 40,000 emails, signatures and comments to legislators), we made GMO labeling a high-profile issue in the State House. Please help us pick up where we left off and make 2015 the year that Massachusetts labels GMOs!
We have bipartisan support in both the house and senate and we’re getting everyone behind one bill. Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst), Representative Todd Smola (R-Palmer), Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem), and Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) have stepped up as the chief sponsors of the new GMO labeling bill. The bill has a temporary docket number: H.D.369.
We’re starting with those 4 chief sponsors and we need your help to get to 101 co-sponsors (a majority of the 200 seats) by the January 30th deadline..
How to take action:
Send your elected officials an email asking them to co-sponsor the GMO labeling bill, H.D.369 (talking points, below) and PLEASE “cc” us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we know who’s getting emails. Please personalize the email, at least a little bit, and be sure to include their name! If they have not yet co-sponsored, ask them to. If they have, thank them!
Be sure to email BOTH your senator and representative (and please cc us at email@example.com).
Massachusetts now has the opportunity to join with Connecticut, Maine in Vermont in a regional tipping point toward a national GMO labeling standard. This is an historic moment for food democracy. Thank you for being a part of it!
Please stay tuned for future action alerts (subscribe here: marighttoknow.org/contact) and follow us on facebook for the latest news and updates. If you want to get more involved in the campaign, we’d love to hear from you!
Thanks again for taking action,
Martin Dagoberto, Campaign Coordinator,MA Right to Know GMOs
Let’s make Martha’s Vineyard GMO–free.
To educate and increase awareness about GMO issues and support the labeling initiative in Massachusetts.
The project’s immediate goals are (1) to support the Massachusetts GMO labeling legislation that will be introduced this year, and (2) to educate and inform Islanders, especially those who are in the food producing and food supply chains — including farmers, feed suppliers, garden centers and chefs & restaurants..
SLOW FOOD MV – GMO FREE hopes to engage members of the community in discussions about the benefits and obstacles to becoming GMO free, so that as a community we can find solutions to growing and raising clean food on the Vineyard
If you are interested in attending discussions or working with the SFMV-GMO FREE group, please email Sue at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When you shop, ask your merchants to label foods that contain GMOs.
We had 90 folk come to the viewing of Genetic Roulette on Sunday April 28th. We plan to show it again in July. SFMV hosted a GMO free pot luck dinner at the end of May.
and on May 25th Vineyarders took part in the world-wide
Vendor & Public Awareness Initiative
- Create a booth at the West Tisbury Farmers ‘ Market at least once a week throughout the summer, offering resource materials and information to visitors regarding GMO issues
- Identify Farmers and Vendors at the market who will place a sign in their booth stating “Labeling Starts Here.” This indicates that they support GMO labeling, and/or that NO GMOs are grown on the farm or used in their products.
- Provide “No GMO” ink stamps and ink pads for Vendors/ Farmers who sell “No GMO” eggs and other products.
- Collect signatures from businesses supporting the labeling initiative that will be added to the MassRight2Know website.
- Hand out bumper stickers, other stickers, and GMO shopping guides— which promote and support labeling and no GMOs. Distribute fact sheet “Ten Myths About GMOs” and Slow Food handout about GMOs.
- Network with those who visit the booth to extend our ideas and projects
If you are a farmer or vendor that would like a GMO marketing kit, please contact us (with a link to Nan Doty) email@example.com with your contact and we will provide you with signs, stickers and stamps.
Continue to work with our state legislature and elected officials on GMO issues.
- Present films and presentations about GMOs on the Vineyard, with discussions following. Network with those who are interested in taking further action.
- Work with SlowFoodUSA to promote this model in Massachusetts, regionally and nationally.
- Update SlowFoodMV’s website in regard to GMO issues and initiatives.
- Continue to work with our state legislature and elected officials on GMO issues.
In the spirit of Slow Food’s interest in
- What’s in our food?
Who knows, maybe the practice will catch on here on the Vineyard.
In April, Slow Food together with the MV film Society
showed the film Genetic Roulette.
The award winning movie Genetic Roulette will hit the big screen in Vineyard Haven on Sunday afternoon, April 28th. Produced by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), this film is concerned with the health dangers of genetically modified food. Genetic Roulette has been awarded both the Solari Best Film of the Year, 2012, and the Top Transformational Film 2012 by Aware Guide. IRT has worked in more than 30 countries on 6 continents and is credited with improving government policies and influencing consumers’ buying habits
“Becoming totally GMO free may never happen, since GM food is so pervasive in the general food supply,” said Jan Burhman. “But we’re excited about this movie because it clearly explains the situation and the options that are available to us.”
“We believe that there are a lot of people on Martha’s Vineyard who would like a quick education on genetically modified food,” said Sue Hruby. ”This movie will not only answer their questions, it will also provide a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon among friends.”
“We hope that once restaurant owners and patrons understand the GM food issues, more restaurants will want to become GMO free — or at least have a few GMO-free offerings on their menu that diners can be confident of,” said Aaron Oster, President of Slow Food.
A joint fundraiser for the two organizations, the screening of Genetic Roulette was be followed by a discussion led by Jan Buhrman and Sue Hruby from Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard. They announced the initiative SLOW FOOD MV – GMO FREE, and invited people who are interested to sign up to help promote this program, or to just stay informed.
SLOW FOOD MV/GMO FREE has the goal of making Martha’s Vineyard food production GMO–free. The project’s immediate goals are (1) to support the Massachusetts GMO labeling legislation that will be introduced this year, and (2) to educate and inform Islanders, especially those who are in the food producing and food supply chains — including farmers, feed suppliers, and garden centers. SLOW FOOD MV/GMO FREE hopes to engage members of the community in discussions about the benefits and obstacles to becoming GMO free, so that as a community we can find solutions to growing and raising clean food on the Vineyard.
Help Support Vermont Against Monsanto!
Monsanto and its allies have just announced they’re suing the tiny, rural U.S. state of Vermont to stop a new law that simply requires genetically engineered foods to be labeled. In fact, the mere threat of a multi-million dollar lawsuit nearly caused the state to back off the labeling law altogether.
But Vermont is refusing to back down — and they’re asking for our help. They’re getting ready to fight back against Monsanto, and have even created a legal defense fund so people around the world can make donations to help them beat back Monsanto’s lawsuit.
The SumOfUs community is already fighting Monsanto on every front, but we need to show Monsanto now that we won’t be intimidated. We won’t let Monsanto bully our elected officials into submission. Will you chip in $25 to stand with Vermont and fight back against Monsanto?