Organic Consumers Association

Don't Use My Tax Dollars to Promote GMOs!

Big Biotech and Big Food think the only reason consumers don’t like their GMO foods is because we are just too ignorant to “understand” their benefits.

So to help “educate” us, groups like the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, and the Corn Growers Association, among others, want Congress to give them some of our taxpayer money to help promote their toxic, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly products.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Ag Appropriations Committee: Don’t Use My Tax Dollars to Promote GMOs!

After you sign our letter to four members of the committee, please call, then tweet each of them.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)
(202) 224-5054
Click here to send this tweet: @SenThadCochran No tax dollars to promote #GMOs! http://orgcns.org/2fTfEhK

Rep. Harold (Hal) Rogers (R-Ky)
(202) 225-4601
Click here to send this tweet: @RepHalRogers No tax dollars to promote #GMOs! http://orgcns.org/2fTfEhK

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)
(202) 224-4654
Click here to send this tweet: @SenatorBarb No tax dollars to promote #GMOs! http://orgcns.org/2fTfEhK

Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.)
(202) 225-6506
Click here to send this tweet: @NitaLowey No tax dollars to promote #GMOs! http://orgcns.org/2fTfEhK


As reported by Farm Futures, 56 groups, including biotech and food industry lobbying organizations, wrote a letter asking four members of the Ag Appropriations Committee to include $3 million in the  2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act in order to “ensure key federal agencies responsible for the safety of our nation’s food supply – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – are able to more easily convey to the public science- and fact-based information about food.”

The groups justify their request for consumers to foot the bill for industry’s marketing campaign by stating that: “These benefits are passed on to consumers who reap the advantage of affordable food prices, greater access to nutritious food, an improved environment, a strengthened rural economy, and enhanced domestic and international food security.”

In their letter, the groups claim “there is a tremendous amount of misinformation about agricultural biotechnology in the public domain.” We would argue, and a recent investigation by the New York Times confirms, that much of that “misinformation” comes from industry itself, in the form of false promises.

Specifically, as the Times reports, GMO crops have not led to higher yields, while they have led to greater, not reduced, use of pesticides.

As we wrote in a recent blog post, the biotech and food industries should spend their own money to market their products—after all, they’re rolling in profits.

And Congress shouldn’t use taxpayer money to promote what scientists and international organizations have said for years, and the Times investigation confirms, is a technology that not only doesn’t live up it its hype, but is counterproductive to resolving the critical issues of global food sovereignty and global warming.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Ag Appropriations Committee: Don’t Use My Tax Dollars to Promote GMOs!



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Number Date Name Location Comments
11554 2 hours ago Anonymous , US No GMO, they are harming humans!!
11553 2 days ago Michael Wahl , US
11552 3 days ago monica romero , US
11551 4 days ago Teresa Harner , US
11550 5 days ago Wendy Li , US
11549 7 days ago Anonymous , US
11548 1 week ago Kurt Gasbarra , US Market Forces @buying product will determine $$$
Consider consumers...Amen
11547 1 week ago Julie Ozias , US
11546 1 week ago A DiMera , US
11545 1 week ago Ginny Gavelan , US
11544 1 week ago Rebecca Clark , US
11543 2 weeks ago Margaret Claypool , US
11542 3 weeks ago JACi ANSON , US I don't want my tax dollars to go to poisoning our food with GMO's
11541 3 weeks ago Betty Fischer , US
11540 3 weeks ago Stephanie Pessoa , US
11539 3 weeks ago Nancy La France , US No to GMO's
11538 3 weeks ago Shainee Elcock , US The people have spoken, LISTEN!
11537 3 weeks ago Janet Almond , US
11536 3 weeks ago Karen Wilkinson , US Stop using my tax dollars to pay for gmo foods!
11535 4 weeks ago Joel Coons , US
11534 4 weeks ago LaToya Smalls , US
11533 4 weeks ago Jan Decker , US
11532 4 weeks ago Jenny Palin , US
11531 4 weeks ago Anonymous , US
11530 4 weeks ago Christina Viljoen , US
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