And then along come a few victories to remind us why we—and we mean you—do what we do.
On the GMO labeling law front, Right to Know Colorado activists on August 4 delivered 167,950 signatures—almost double the required amount—to the Secretary of State. The signatures are in support of Initiative 48, a citizen-led campaign to pass a GMO labeling law in Colorado. Coloradoans, sign up here for more news!
On the Save the Bees front, consumers scored a win-win when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced it will ban neonicotinoid insecticides from all wildlife refuges in the U.S. by January 2016, and will also ban the use of genetically engineered crops to feed wildlife. (Which means unless you’re buying non-GMO certified organic food, America’s wildlife will have a healthier diet than you)!
On the Monsanto’s glyphosate and Roundup front, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected an emergency plea by Texas cotton-growers to use a highly toxic chemical called propazine to battle weeds that no longer respond to massive doses of Monsanto’s Roundup. The predicament cotton-growers found themselves in is just one more instance of crops that become resistant to increasingly toxic chemicals, in increasingly high doses. A slippery slope.
On the 2,4-D “Agent Orange front, more than 21,000 of you responded to our plea
to ask your Congress members to sign on to a letter by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), asking both the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to deny approval of Dow’s new 2,4-D “Agent Orange” corn and soy crops, and the chemical company’s deadly herbicide, Enlist Duo, which contains a toxic mix of both 2,4-D and glyphosate. DeFazio and Pingree turned in the letter last week, signed by more than 50 colleagues. It’s not a win yet, but it’s a start. Thanks to all of you who contacted your state rep.!