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Monsanto’s doing what?!?

July 15, 2014

I just wanted to make sure you saw this. You won’t believe what Monsanto is doing!

Monsanto and their allies are suing the state of Vermont in federal court to block the labeling of GMO foods in the state. Can you donate $3 to fight back against Monsanto?

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

You won’t believe what Monsanto is doing.

In May, Vermont passed the first-ever law requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods in the U.S. And now Monsanto’s suing the state of Vermont to stop the law from ever going into effect.1

This fight is crucial for the whole country, not just Vermont, because dozens of other states are poised to require labeling too—they just want someone else to go first because of the inevitable legal fight.2

And that’s why Monsanto is going to war to stop Vermont dead in its tracks.

A small, rural state like Vermont doesn’t have the budget for a long, drawn-out legal fight against a multinational giant like Monsanto. So they’ve created a legal defense fund where people can donate to help defend the law in court.

With the help of MoveOn members, we’re fighting back against Monsanto. So far, we’ve given a $53,000 grant to the state of Vermont’s legal defense fund—which is more than half the money in the fund so far. And we’re supporting dozens of MoveOn member-led campaigns pushing for GMO labeling nationwide, with organizing support, newspaper ads and more. Can you chip in $3 to help take our GMO labeling campaign to the next level?

Yes, I can contribute $3 to stand up to Monsanto.

Monsanto’s argument is completely outrageous. They’re saying that the GMO labeling law is somehow an unconstitutional violation of their right to free speech. They even want to be able to label genetically engineered foods as "all natural."3

And this Supreme Court believes corporations are people and money is speech, so you know it’s going to be a tough fight.

Consumers have a right to know what’s in the food we’re eating—and in fact, genetically engineered foods are already labeled in 64 countries around the world, including England, Japan, and Australia. Even China and Russia have labeling.4

In this country, 92% of Americans support the labeling of genetically engineered foods.5 The only reason we don’t have it is the power of Monsanto and the fear of a lawsuit.

If we can help Vermont win now, and make sure campaigns for GMO labeling in other states have the resources they need, we’ll have a great shot at getting labeling in dozens of other states.

Can you contribute $3 to help MoveOn fight back against Monsanto?

Thanks for all you do.

–Garlin, Maria, Justin, Alejandro, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Trade groups sue VT over GMO labeling law," Burlington Free-Press, June 13, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=299278&id=98495-24270607-w9NKj0x&t=4

2. "Vermont, food industry begin court fight over GMO label law," The Christian Science Monitor, June 13, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=299279&id=98495-24270607-w9NKj0x&t=5

3. "Vermont’s landmark GMO-labelling law target of lawsuit by food trade groups," RT, June 13, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=299353&id=98495-24270607-w9NKj0x&t=6

4. "Labeling Around the World," Just Label It!, accessed June 16, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=299280&id=98495-24270607-w9NKj0x&t=7

5. "Polls & Surveys," Just Label It!, accessed June 16, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=299354&id=98495-24270607-w9NKj0x&t=8

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