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.
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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 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 cosponsor 2014 [Assembly Bill A 3525 / Senate Bill S 3835] – legislation that would require the labeling of food that has been 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 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 has food allergies, I am very sensitive to this issue.
I also have concerns about the environmental impacts of growing GMOs. The pesticides used have harmful effects on wildlife (and humans!) and create unhealthy soil. Weeds and insects have evolved that are resistant to the GMOs, which is causing farmers to turn to even more toxic pesticides to grow them. Also, pollen from GMO crops have cross-contaminated non-GMO conventional and organic crops, threatening the business of farmers who have chosen to grow them.
In light of the fact that over 60 countries have laws either labeling or outright banning 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 the FDA says such labels aren't necessary. 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. At least half of the states in the U.S. have similar legislation in the works, and Connecticut and Maine passed laws last year but they won't go into effect unless certain conditions are met. I would like New York to be the first state to pass a GMO labeling law without any strings attached!
I have the right to know what is in my food and to decide whether to eat GMOs and feed them to my family. But I can't make informed purchasing decisions unless GMO foods are labeled. I urge you to sign onto this legislation as a cosponsor 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.