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Petitioning Representative Andy Holt and 31 others

Tennessee legislators: Label genetically modified seeds and plants

Senate Bill 893/House Bill 1169 will require plants and seeds sold in Tennessee to be labeled as open pollinated, genetically modified, or hybridized. Open pollinated plants produce seeds that can be saved from year to year; genetic modification is a controversial technology involving the insertion of genes from one organism into another, resulting in an entirely new plant that would not occur in nature; and hybridization may produce sterile offspring, thus affecting the ability to save seeds. By clearly labeling the seeds and plants sold in Tennessee, citizens will be able to make informed decisions as to what types of seeds and plants best fit their needs.

Letter to
Representative Andy Holt
State Representative Gloria Johnson
State Representative Charles Curtiss
and 29 others
State Representative John Tidwell
State Representative Billy Spivey
State Senator Dolores Gresham
State Representative Ron Lollar
State Representative Curtis Halford
State Representative Pat Marsh
State Representative Art Swann
State Representative John Forgety
State Representative Dennis Powers
State Senator Jim Summerville
State Representative Sheila Butt
Tennessee State House
State Representative Steve McDaniel
State Representative Brenda Gilmore
Representative John Mark Windle
Senator Milke Bell
Senator Ophelia Ford
Senator Todd Gardenhire
Senator Frank Niceley
Representative Joe Towns, Jr.
Senator Charlotte Burks
Senator Dolores Gresham
State Senator Steve Southerland
State Senator Mae Beavers
State Representative Judd Matheny
State Representative David Hawk
State Representative Richard Floyd
State Representative Ron Travis
Tennessee State Senate
Please vote in favor of Senate Bill 893/House Bill 1169, which will require plants and seeds sold in Tennessee to be labeled as open pollinated, genetically modified, or hybridized. As you know, genetic modification is a controversial technology involving the insertion of genes from one organism into another, thus creating an entirely new plant in ways not possible through traditional breeding techniques and in combinations that would be very unlikely or impossible in nature. Labeling these seeds and plants will give us the opportunity to avoid this technology if we oppose it, or conversely, to purchase this technology if we support it. Additionally, open pollinated and hybridized seeds and plants result in offspring of varying fertility, which affects the ability to save seeds from year to year. By clearly labeling the seeds and plants sold in Tennessee, citizens will be able to make informed decisions as to what types of seeds and plants best fit their needs. Thank you for your commitment to Tennesseans.