Expert on GMO labeling begins reporting for EENews

By on May 26, 2015


by Anne Dietrich, Director us congress

Truth in Labeling Coalition

The Ultimate Sacrifice

I’m a ‘bull by the horns’ kind of person. It helps to realize that my elected representatives are accountable to me. I pay their salaries, and I have something to say about their agenda. I’m not referring to a ‘mouse click’ petition campaign or marching in the street.

Being an American means enjoying the opportunity to be directly involved in the governance of my country. Being involved means communicating directly with my representatives in Congress about policy that affects me and MY interests.

I didn’t take high school civics, but I find it fascinating that, this week, I received an email from Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. [A friend is on his mailing list]. Writing on behalf of a Bi-Cameral Congressional coalition, I was urged to “Tell Congress to label GMO’s!”gmo corn

Now, why do you suppose Sen. Merkley, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR), Sen. Blumenthal (CT), Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME), and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI) are writing constituents, lobbying them to “demand that Congress require GMO labeling? “

It’s my job to communicate with my representatives. So why are members of Congress compelled to tell me to do my job? The answer is simple: Because most of us aren’t. We have forgotten what it means to be an American. We take our privileges for granted. We have become either complacent, entitled, ambivalent, or worse – arrogant. We think ‘I’ve got mine’ – [or, if we don’t] – we blame someone else. We blame ‘special interests’ for co-opting the government and bending policy in favor of big money. Or we point fingers at politicians, and nefarious re-election campaign schemes.

Are ‘We the People’ informed? Have your representatives heard from you? Are you supporting candidates who represent your values? Are you running for public office? Have you stopped long enough to even communicate with your elected representatives?

The intended purpose of U.S. independence was to show the rest of the world that when people are free to exercise God-given rights, they live peacefully, cooperatively, creatively and prosperously. The inspiration to unite the colonies was to create a nation where unlimited opportunities greeted peoples from all countries, a land where differences not only were respected, but encouraged for the benefit of all. The United States was to be the country where the combined skills, talents, resourcefulness and innovative ideas of all its residents would prove to the rest of the world that under wise and fair governance, free peoples live in harmony and prosperity.

It’s time for ‘We the People’ to consciously claim our birthright. Let’s start by taking back our food and our land!

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Your children’s children thank you. Take action now.

If you haven’t yet asked your Senators and your Representative to support the GMO Right-to-Know Act [House Bill # 913 and Senate Bill # 511]  Summarized Here: – then do it NOW!

 Click on the link to Look up your Representatives’ names and phone numbers:
Senate H.E.L.P. Committee Members
House Health Subcommittee Members
Summary of GMO Food Right-to-Know Act

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About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”