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Ban Carcinogens From the Food Supply by Reviving the Delaney Clause!

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Dear Congress:

Up until 1996, carcinogenic substances were banned from the Food Supply. This included any food additives believed to cause cancer to people or animals.  The provision, called the Delaney Clause was attached to the Federal Food, Drugs and Cosmetic Act of 1958. Through the efforts of New York Congressman James Delaney, industry and food manufacturers were prevented from adding dangerous, toxic ingredients or chemicals to foods and thus the public was protected from chemicals or substances known to cause cancer.  As a result we had a food supply that we could trust.  

Unfortunately in 1996 with the signing of the Food Quality Protection Act, the Delaney Clause disappeared. It's time to bring back this clause, restore the integrity of our food supply, and protect public health to the fullest extent possible. Reducing exposure to carcinogenic substances, be it in food or any other medium is one of the most powerful ways we can reduce our risk of developing cancer. Perhaps by reducing exposure to carcinogens we can help one person, maybe more, live a cancer free life.  

In tribute to Donella Meadows* who wrote so eloquently on this issue, let us all unite in bringing back Delaney!

Thank you for signing and supporting this petition.


Joanna Kappele

Author and Organic Advocate, Founder of Hippocrateas Organic Teas 


*Please click here to read Donella's essay on the Delaney Clause. 

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