The people speak – and are heard

Speak up!Consumers are speaking up more than ever these days.

Online petitions for worth causes are growing in popularity (and frequency). And as more of us are participating, companies and even legislators are sitting up and taking notice.

Recently, more than 34,000 people signed a new petition on MoveOn.org’s SignOn.org platform calling on the California State Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown to ban fracking in California due to health and safety concerns. There are currently 10 fracking bills – seven in the state Assembly and three in the Senate – that range from simple regulatory measures to a full moratorium on the practice.

In another arena, over 1.8 million people sent comments last week, vehemently opposing the approval of a genetically engineered salmon by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The groups responsible for organizing the over 1.8 million comments were Avaaz, Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, Food and Water Watch, MoveOn, Organic Consumers Association, Food Democracy Now, Credo, Consumers Union, Just Label It, Farm Sanctuary, Cascadia Wildlands, Earthjustice, American Anti-Vivisection Society, Institute for Responsible Technology, and the Alliance for Natural Health –USA.

No Fracking“The public has spoken, loud and clear: There is simply no need for GE salmon,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “It’s time for FDA to put an end to this regulatory mess and admit that the environmental and public health risks are too big to approve this controversial product.”

Wednesday, 12 Senators led by Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and 21 Representatives led by Congressmen Don Young (R-AK-01), Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) and Jared Huffman (D-CA-02) sent letters to the FDA urging it to halt its approval until their economic, regulatory and environmental concerns are addressed. The Congressional letters come just months after an amendment offered by Senator Begich to the Senate Budget Resolution passed by voice vote in favor of the labeling of GE fish.

While the FDA has refused to look at the environmental impacts of these GE fish beyond the Canadian and Panamanian facilities proposed in the application, it appears that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has already received requests to import AquAdvantage Salmon eggs into the U.S. for commercial production. 

Seems that the more, louder and varied venues use by consumers to speak up, we’re finally being heard. Let’s keep up the barrage and keep our fingers crossed.

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One Response

  1. Petitions should not be limited to one country or community or religion but common to all mankind/UN member states.

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