Sample Letter to NY Legislator
Please use this letter as a guide – copy and paste it into a file and personalize it with your own thoughts about GMO Labeling and why your Assemblymember or Senator should support bill A 3525/S 3835. Then email or mail it. Easy peasy. If you feel like you need writing tips, we got ya covered. Check 'em out.
Find your Assemblymember here: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/
The Honorable [full name of legislator]
[district or Albany ] Office Address]
[New York State Assembly / New York State Senate]
[City, State Zip]
RE: [Assembly Bill A 3525 / Senate Bill S 3835]: An Act that provides for the labeling of food that is entirely genetically engineered or partially produced with genetic engineering offered for retail sale in New York
Dear [Assemblymember / Senator] [last name of legislator]:
My name is [first and last name] and as your constituent, I am writing to ask you to support and co-sponsor 2013 [Assembly Bill A 3525 / Senate Bill S 3835] – legislation that would require the labeling of food that has been genetically engineered or partially produced with genetic engineering. These foods are also sometimes known as genetically modified organisms or GMOs.
I have been learning about GMOs and am deeply concerned about the human health risks they pose to my family. Even though the FDA and the companies that make GMOs say they are completely safe for us to eat, I’ve read about feeding studies that relate GMO consumption in lab rats to allergies, organ damage, cancers, and other serious health problems. I’ve also read about how genetic modification can create new human allergens or cause known ones to show up in unexpected places. As someone who suffers from an allergy to soybeans, I am very sensitive to this issue.
In light of the fact that over 60 countries have laws either labeling or outright bans GMO plantings, I was shocked to learn that here in the U.S. we’ve been eating GMO foods without knowing it since 1996 because we don’t have a GMO labeling law. Over 75% of processed foods are estimated to contain GMO ingredients but we don’t know which foods or which ingredients because they’re not labeled. We need GMO labeling to ensure our right to choose for ourselves whether we want to consume GMOs and to protect people with food allergies because they are at risk when they eat food with unlabeled GMOs.
I am calling upon you, as my state representative, to fill the void left by the FDA by voting yes on GMO labeling legislation to protect New Yorkers’ right to make informed choices when we buy food. There are at least 18 other states with GMO labeling legislation in the works with about 20 others working towards the same goal. I would like New York to be the first state to pass this historic legislation!
I deserve to have the right to know what is in my food and to decide whether to eat GMOs. We need to clearly label all the ingredients in our food products, especially the ones that have the potential to cause allergies and other health problems. If you have not already done so, I urge you to sign onto this legislation as a co-sponsor and to vote YES on it! If we are what we eat, then please grant us the right to know what we’re eating!
Thank you very much for your time. I would appreciate a reply letting me know your position on this incredibly important issue.