Petition to President Trump's Agricultural and Rural Advisory Team, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Americans Want Labeled Beef
***Want to contribute to the cause beyond the petition? Join the COOL Team! Please visit www.americanswantlabeledbeef.weebly.com to sign up.*** Please support the clear and transparent labeling of USA born, raised and harvested beef. Getting this definition attached to the phrase “Product of the USA” is your only assurance that the beef you purchase was solely raised in the United States. The United States Cattlemen's Association asks that only beef that has been born, raised and harvested in the United States be labeled as U.S.A. Beef. Due to the repeal of the Country-of-Origin Labeling law in 2015, there are no clear definitions for what constitutes a U.S. beef product. For example, cattle or beef that is imported into our borders and then undergoes further processing or handling at a USDA-inspected facility can be labeled as a "Product of the United States”, even if the handling of the product was minimal.This lack of a clearly defined label is highly misleading to the consumer. Consumers are only able to make wise choices if provided the information they need to make those choices. Clear, Transparent, Defined labeling fulfills: 1. Consumers desire transparency and freedom of choice in the foods they purchase. Consumers are aware that there may be different feed, veterinary practices or husbandry practices that are used in raising beef or cattle in other countries. For example, some countries utilize forced or slave labor in the raising of cattle and production of beef. Other countries cause irreparable environmental damage, either through rainforest deforestation or harmful production practices. Consumers have the right to make decisions that align with their personal values and beliefs. 2. The ability of consumers and retailers to recognize products that have been recalled, thereby increasing food safety at home and in the grocery store. Consumers and retailers need to have the capacity to trace product and make smart decisions in the case of bio-security issues involving herd health or when emerging zoonotic diseases come to light 3. The prevention of U.S. economic loss by ensuring our ranchers, feedlot owners, and backgrounders are all allowed the opportunity to succeed in a global marketplace. U.S. cattle producers need to have the ability to differentiate their domestic product from imported product in the marketplace. Country-of-origin labeling prevents U.S. agriculture jobs from being outsourced to other countries who can produce beef at a lower cost due to less stringent environmental and workplace regulations. Just as Americans don't want U.S. factories moved overseas, why would we send agriculture jobs out of our country? Please support the clear and transparent labeling of USA born, raised and slaughtered beef. For more information, visit United States Cattlemen's Association at www.uscattlemen.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uscattlemens
Petition to U.S. Senate
Stop Monsanto from Taking Away GMO Labels!
The Senate could vote next week to ban democratically enacted state laws that require labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) — and it already passed in the House of Representatives! The Grocery Manufacturers Association, an industry group that represents Monsanto, Nestlé, Dow and Pepsi, is pushing this bill because it would let them continue to keep quiet about their production and use of GMO foods, and would overturn state laws that have already passed in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut. We need to make sure our Senators hear from their actual constituents, since they're already hearing from the industry lobbyists. It's our right to know what is in our food, and corporations should not be allowed to keep us in the dark.
Petition to Texas State House, Texas Governor, Texas State Senate
Labeling Genetically Modified Foods !!
I understand that genetically engineered(modified) food(GMO) is a solution to world hunger by increasing the productivity, and GM food will play a important role in our future life. However, I think that government should regulate these products by pass law to put GMO labels on those products. People have the right to know what they are consuming. Base on the article from The New York Time, on Nov. 19, 2015, The FDA approved genetically engineered salmon "as fit for consumption". according to the official the salmon will not be labeled despite the opposition from a vast majority consumers. Currently, there are three states:Connecticut, Maine and Vermont support GMO labeling. why not Texas? work cited: Pollack, Andrew. "Genetically Engineered Salmon Approved for Consumption." The New York Times. The New York Times, 19 Nov. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.