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GMO FREE MASS RALLY 4-23
16 Apr 2001
Join farmers, scientists, environmentalists and concerned shoppers at a rally on Monday, April 23 in support of two bills regarding genetically engineered food up for debate in this year's legislature.
On April 23 the Joint Committee on Natural Resources & Agriculture will be holding hearings on two bills regarding genetically engineered foods. To demonstrate support for the bills, the SAFE FOODS Campaign is sponsoring a noon rally outside the State House for concerned citizens to demonstrate their support for accountability and caution when it comes to the release of genetically engineered organisms in the environment and the food supply.

With 60-70% of the processed food supply containing genetically engineered ingredients, and the federal government continuing to not implement pre-market safety testing or even labeling, the Massachusetts bills are a much needed protection against the potential threats posed by gmo's.

The first bill S. (Senate) 1789 or H. (House) 3385 is liability legislation that would hold the biotechnology corporations (that are developing genetically engineered foods) responsible for any adverse effects related to economic loss, human health, and the environment.

The second bill calls for a five year planting moratorium on genetically engineered crops in Massachusetts.
H. (House) 2207, this bill also directs the MA Department of Agricullture to set up a marketing plan for Massachusetts agriculture which emphasizes the ge-free policy.

The noon rally will take place in Ashburton Park, on the north side of the State House, off Bowdoin St. Supporters are asked to bring signs and banners.

For more information about the rally or the bills please contact Linda Setchell at 617-338-8131 or lsetchell (at) cleanwater.org
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