post

House Puts Politics Over Policy – We Deserve Better

THE HOUSE PUTS POLITICS OVER POLICY – WE DESERVE BETTER

Wednesday night the Senate passed SB 443, a bill to ban genetically engineered grass seed, on a bipartisan vote of 25-11.  This seed threatens the integrity of our organic farms and will lead to an escalation of pesticide use.  Our supporters understand we need to stop this threat before it takes root in Connecticut.  We are grateful to the Senate.

Unfortunately, all of that was undone when the CT House Leadership prematurely called the bill for a vote in order to kill it before our voices could be heard.   We all remember what happened last year.  The Senate passed a strong GMO labeling law that was then squashed by the House in the middle of the night.  But, we did not give up then and we will not give up now. Click Here to read our public statement about what happened in the House.

For many of us, this feels a bit like a déjà vu. We need to remind Speaker Sharkey and the legislators who voted against protecting the health of the citizens of our state that it is not without consequence.  These politicians put politics and corporate interests above public health and we cannot tolerate it.

Please join with us today as we elevate our collective voice and hold our elected officials accountable.  This is an election year and they have to care what you think.

Please call and e-mail your Senator & Representative today.  You can find out how your legislator voted by clicking below:

If your legislators voted in favor, please express your gratitude and thank them for their leadership in the effort to protect public health and our environment.

If your legislators voted no please express your disappointment: Here is an example of a message for “No” Vote:  “I am extremely disappointed that you put politics and corporate interests above the health and welfare of my family and voted no on SB 443.  This is unacceptable and I am asking you to re-think how you will vote the next time this issue comes before you.”

Thank you for taking action today.   We need your help. We cannot allow our elected officials to get away with this.

 

In Solidarity,

 

THE HOUSE PUTS POLITICS OVER POLICY – WE DESERVE BETTER

Wednesday night the Senate passed SB 443, a bill to ban genetically engineered grass seed, on a bipartisan vote of 25-11.  This seed threatens the integrity of our organic farms and will lead to an escalation of pesticide use.  Our supporters understand we need to stop this threat before it takes root in Connecticut.  We are grateful to the Senate.  

Unfortunately, all of that was undone when the CT House Leadership prematurely called the bill for a vote in order to kill it before our voices could be heard.   We all remember what happened last year.  The Senate passed a strong GMO labeling law that was then squashed by the House in the middle of the night.  But, we did not give up then and we will not give up now. Click Here to read our public statement about what happened in the House.  

For many of us, this feels a bit like a déjà vu. We need to remind Speaker Sharkey and the legislators who voted against protecting the health of the citizens of our state that it is not without consequence.  These politicians put politics and corporate interests above public health and we cannot tolerate it.

Please join with us today as we elevate our collective voice and hold our elected officials accountable.  This is an election year and they have to care what you think.

Please call and e-mail your Senator & Representative today.  You can find out how your legislator voted by clicking below:

If your legislators voted in favor, please express your gratitude and thank them for their leadership in the effort to protect public health and our environment.

If your legislators voted no please express your disappointment: Here is an example of a message for “No” Vote:  “I am extremely disappointed that you put politics and corporate interests above the health and welfare of my family and voted no on SB 443.  This is unacceptable and I am asking you to re-think how you will vote the next time this issue comes before you.”

Thank you for taking action today.   We need your help. We cannot allow our elected officials to get away with this.    

 

In Solidarity,
post

VOTE TOMORROW: YOUR PRESENCE IS NEEDED AT THE CAPITOL

Let your voice be heard this week.  Our Senators are listening and SB 443, which would ban the sale or use of Genetically Engineered grass in Connecticut is expected to be called for a vote in the Senate TOMORROW.

The opposition continues to spread their lies and has a very large presence at the Capitol.  We need to be louder and be more powerful in numbers.

Please join us at the Capitol tomorrow at noon on the third floor outside the Old Judiciary Room.  Your presence DOES matter.  It is much tougher for legislators to vote against the interests of their constituents when we are present.  Don’t let corporate interests trump the public health and welfare of the citizens of Connecticut.

Come for as long as you can.  Any amount of time helps.  Please respond to this e-mail with any questions.  We hope to see you tomorrow.  Thanks, in advance, for all your efforts.

post

NO to Roundup Ready Grass and YES to SB443

SB 443 would prohibit the introduction of “Roundup Ready” grass into Connecticut.

Our Senators are hearing from our opposition that Roundup is a safe, environmentally friendly herbicide.  

Really??? If they are willing to say this, how can we believe anything else they say?

Here is what we know to be true about GMO’s and Roundup (glyphosate):

  1. Studies have still shown a link between glyphosate and serious health problems, including: DNA damage, premature births and miscarriages, birth defects, multiple types of cancer, and disruption of neurological development in children. [1]
  2. Glyphosate has been shown to be fatal to many species of insects—key pollinators in a whole variety of ecosystems. [2]
  3. Since the introduction of Roundup Ready GMOs, herbicide use has increased by 527 million pounds from 1996 through 2011 according to a study by Professor Charles Benbrook, a researcher at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University.

Is this the type of “Safe” pesticide we need more of?

Call Your Senator now and urge them to support SB 443 and say “No” to Roundup Ready Grass. Find your legislator here!

Connecticut General Assembly:
House Democrats: 800-842-8267800-842-8267
House Republicans: 800-842-1423800-842-1423
Senate Democrats: 800-842-1420800-842-1420
Senate Republicans: 800-842-1421800-842-1421

 

1. Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases,  Anthony Samseland Stephanie Seneff, Entropy, 2013

2. THE IMPACT OF INSECTICIDES AND HERBICIDES ON THE BIODIVERSITY AND PRODUCTIVITY OF AQUATIC COMMUNITIES, RICK A. RELYEA, Ecological Applications, 2005

post

Have you called your Senator yet?

Support a ban on the sale and use of genetically engineered grass and a ban on pesticide use where children play!

A few weeks ago, the Environment Committee passed SB 443 out of committee. That bill is currently on its way to the Senate floor for a vote. Our CT State Senators need to hear from you TODAY This bill is expected to be voted on as early as next Wednesday, April 9th.  Our legislators are hearing from the opposition, WE NEED TO BE LOUDER!  Please call and e-mail your Senators until you have a commitment from them to support this extremely important legislation and let us know what they say by replying to this message.

Find your Senator by clicking HERE!

Below is a script you can use or feel free to speak from the heart.

“Please support the ban on Genetically Engineered grass seed that will dramatically increase the pesticides dumped into our environment. Also, please support expanding the existing pesticide ban at school pre-K – 8th grade to parks, playgrounds, municipal town greens and our high schools.  We must protect our children wherever they may play.  Please put public health and our environment above the corporate interests who profit from the sale of these toxic chemicals.”

Last year we were able to prove that Democracy is still alive in this country. We can do it again this year, but only of we use our voices creating a collective power that can not be ignored. Please call and e-mail you Senator until you have their commitment to support the ban on GE grass and use of pesticides where our children play.

Let us know their response by connecting with us on Facebook with GMO Free CT or ConnFACT!

post

***PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY!***

Support a ban on the sale and use of genetically engineered grass and a ban on pesticide use where children play!

A few weeks ago, the Environment Committee passed SB 443 out of committee. That bill is currently on it’s way to the Senate floor for a vote.  Our Senators need to hear from you TODAY!  This bill is expected to be voted on as early as next Wednesday, April 9th.  However, senators will be meeting this Friday to discuss their support for the legislation.  Please call and e-mail your Senators until you have a commitment from them to support this extremely important legislation and let us know what they say by replying to this message.

Find your Senator by clicking HERE!

Below is a script you can use or feel free to speak from the heart.

“Please support the ban on Genetically Engineered grass seed.  If allowed, this seed will dramatically increase the toxic pesticides dumped into our environment. Also, please support expanding the existing pesticide ban at school pre-K – 8th grade to parks, playgrounds, municipal town greens and our high schools.  We must protect our children wherever they play.  Please put public health and our environment above the corporate interests of those who profit from the sale of these toxic chemicals.”

Last year we were able to prove that Democracy is still alive in this country. We can do it again this year, but only if we use our voices to create a collective power that cannot be ignored.

Please call and e-mail your Senator until you have their commitment to support the ban on GE grass and use of pesticides where our children play.