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An update from GMO Free CT

Dear Friends,

It is with very mixed emotions that I write this letter to all of you today.  This will be my last update as the leader of GMO Free CT and Chair of ConnFACT.  Leading the CT GMO labeling effort was the privilege of a lifetime that I will always cherish and carry with me to all future endeavors.

My personal motto these last few years has been “Taking Back Our Food, Our Government, and Our Children’s Future.”  Some of you may have already heard that I am running for State Representative in the 134th District (Trumbull and Fairfield).  I have always said our fight to label GMOs was about more than just labeling.  It is also about holding our government accountable and ensuring our elected officials work for us, the people who put them in office.  I realized that if I was going to talk the talk, it was now time for me to walk the walk.  I am running for State Representative so that I can continue to be a strong advocate and ensure our collective voice will be heard.  I am currently knocking doors throughout my district so that I can hear what issues concern my community.

I am thrilled to tell you that three incredible women will be leading the way from here.  Christine O’Day is taking over as chair of ConnFACT, and Beth Beisel and Elaine Titus are going to lead the GMO Free CT campaign.  All of them may be reached by sending an e-mail to info@gmofreect.org.  They are energized and full of ideas to carry us forward.

Happy 4th of July to all of you.   For me, this 4th of July is a time to reflect on where we are and what we can do better to ensure that Connecticut and the rest of our country blossoms again.    We live in a democracy, but it only works if we engage our elected officials.   Please continue using your voice.  I look forward to working with all of you moving forward.  I am grateful to all of you for being on this journey with me.

With gratitude,

Tara Cook-Littman

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Please Act Now: Ban Pesticides Where Children Play!

Time is running out. But with three days left of the session, there is still a chance, SB 46, a bill to ban Pesticides from High Schools, playgrounds, municipal parks and playing fields can become a law in CT. With less than three days left in the CT General Assembly’s 2014 session, we still have time to get this bill passed, but it must happen by midnight Wednesday. The Senate intends to pass SB 46 today, but intentions are not enough.

We need the bill passed and sent to the House of Representatives today so that we can secure passage prior to Wednesday night’s deadline. PLEASE CALL SENATE PRESIDENT DON WILLIAMS AND YOUR SENATOR NOW AND URGE THEM TO PASS THIS BILL OUT OF THE SENATE TODAY.

Please ask Senator Williams and your State Senator to do the following:

“Please vote yes on SB 46 and protect our children from exposure to toxic chemical pesticides where they play. Please put the health of CT citizens above the corporate interests who benefit from the sale of these toxic chemicals.”

(1) TODAY call Senate President Williams at 1-800-842-1420.

(2) TODAY e-mail or call your State Senator. Find your Senator and contact information by clicking HERE.

Thank you for taking action TODAY. There are less than 3 days left, your voice is critical NOW. Protect our children from toxic chemicals in the places they play. The Connecticut State Senate needs to hear from you.

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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,
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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.

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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