Dear Senator Purdue:
I recently received a copy of a letter sent in your name to Sharon Hall of Dahlonega, Georgia. There are so many false statements that I shall presume you and your staff are badly misinformed. In an effort to inform you about what’s really going on in business and government in this country, I have included links to numerous well documented articles. I sincerely hope that future letters to your constituents will be better informed on these issues.
Biotech crops have not undergone years of testing. What testing has been done was done by those who benefit financially from the results. There have been documented cases of negative health effects. There is significant evidence that the three federal Departments you have listed cannot be trusted by the American people. We are already being subjected to higher health costs as a result of GMO products and other outrageous government decisions.
The federal government has failed farmers by allowing them to become beholden to (and sued for damages by) Monsanto. It is difficult to believe that you could be unaware of this.
The federal government should not have to require labeling, however, we have a federal government that has actively participated in creating dangerous food and drug products. As a matter of public safety, we must now require this labeling.
I look forward to your response. And I highly recommend that you personally review each and every one of the suggested articles no matter how busy you are.
Emily Lewy firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mrs. Hall:
Thank you for contacting me about proposals to label genetically engineered (GE) food. I always appreciate the opportunity to hear from my fellow Georgians.
Recently, there has been a push to label foods that contain or are produced with genetically engineered materials. This push, however, is an unnecessary federal overreach. Products made with agricultural biotechnology are subject to regulation by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition, biotech crops undergo years of testing before they are sold to consumers.
No studies or tests have reported negative health effects due to genetically modifying crops. Requiring labeling of these products would only increase costs for consumers. The federal government should not impose mandatory labeling regulations on Georgia farmers. However, I believe voluntary labeling for companies that market organic or other specific products is a reasonable alternative.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about this issue. Your thoughts are important to me, and I will keep them in mind whenever the Senate considers GE labeling.
United States Senator
You expect us to trust government regulations?