Dear MoveOn member,
You won't believe what Monsanto is doing now.
Last month, Vermont passed the first-ever law requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods in the U.S. And Monsanto just announced they're 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.
If MoveOn members chip in now, we'll be able to fight back against Monsanto by making a grant to the state of Vermont's legal defense fund and by boosting dozens of MoveOn member-led campaigns pushing for GMO labeling nationwide. Can you chip in $3?
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
But 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.
But if we can help Vermont win now, we'll have a great shot at getting labeling in dozens of other states as well. With your help, MoveOn will be able to help Vermont pay for their massive anticipated legal costs and support grassroots campaigns to push for GMO labels in other states across the country.
Thanks for all you do.
–Garlin, Maria, Justin, Alejandro, and the rest of the team
1. "Trade groups sue VT over GMO labeling law," Burlington Free-Press, June 13, 2014
2. "Vermont, food industry begin court fight over GMO label law," The Christian Science Monitor, June 13, 2014
3. "Vermont's landmark GMO-labelling law target of lawsuit by food trade groups," RT, June 13, 2014
4. "Labeling Around the World," Just Label It!, accessed June 16, 2014
5. "Polls & Surveys," Just Label It!, accessed June 16, 2014
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