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I know this is a busy time for many of us, and I ask that you excuse this email during your holiday weekend, but I need to ask for your support on a very serious matter.
As you know I have been working on defeating Senate Bill 777, this bill is in support of genetically modified foods and threatens the integrity of organic farmers and the food we work so hard to grow.
Although there was opposition to Senate Bill 777 it passed
the senate and now on TUESDAY 4/18/06 it could pass the house and
I know we are all busy and this request may seem a little large right now, but I have to ask. PLEASE show up on TUESDAY 4/18/06 1:30pm at the Capital,
I will be there and trust me I will be giving
testimony regardless if they are accepting it or not. Although time isn't
something I have a lot of right now I will make room in my schedule to attend.
It's that important to Danny & myself and to represent
all of the organic farmers & consumers in
Local food systems are on a come back...let's open the door....but we NEED YOUR HELP!!
If you can not attend the press conference please CALL YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE TODAY!!
Call their Rep, too, to oppose SB 777 AND advocate for a substitute Study bill such as the one Sen. Brater introduced in the Senate.? We need to find a Champion in the House to carry our request further.? (Find your Rep
Here's more information:
The press conference time is now scheduled for 1:30PM
in room 404 of the
On Tuesday, April 18 at 1:30 pm, a coalition of farmers, environmental groups, and concerned citizens will hold a press conference to voice their opposition to Senate Bill 777, a bill to strip local authority over seed, especially genetically engineered seed.
The House Agriculture committee will take testimony on this bill at 2:00 p.m., immediately following the press conference.
Who: -Michelle Lutz, owner, Maple Creek organic farm
-Claire O'Leary, Sierra Club National Genetic Engineering Committee
Room 404 of the
When: Tuesday, April 18 at 1:30 pm
Story: This fall, the Senate introduced SB 777, a bill that
would strip cities, counties, and townships of their ability to regulate seeds in an effort to pre-empt any local regulation of genetically engineered (GE) seed.
Despite four days of testimony by dozens of opponents to the bill and after
months of delay, the bill passed the Senate last month. The bill now will be
taken up by the House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday, April 18,
immediately following the press conference. Farmers, environmental groups,
and concerned citizens will testify in opposition to the bill at the
hearing, and will announce their concerns to media at the press conference.
Genetically engineered crops pose many legitimate concerns, and current
federal regulations have not caught up to the new complexities and risks of
the technology. There have been no local attempts to regulate genetically
engineered crops in
regulations of these crops before our state fully evaluates this issue.
Organic Vegetable and Crop Specialist
C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
CARRS Departent of Community, Agriclture, Recreation and Resource Studies
303 Natural Resources Bldg
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Don’t forget! A carrot a day may keep the doctor away but an ORGANIC carrot a day, grown locally will taste good, support your farmer neighbor AND may keep the doctor away!!!