Fwd: [Ron-Paul-2012-Monterey-Bay-Area-Meetup-­Group] Farm bill call your senators now!

From: Bob P.
Sent on: Monday, June 3, 2013 12:45 PM



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Subject: [Ron-Paul-2012-Monterey-Bay-Area-Meetup-Group] Farm bill call your senators now!
Date: Mon, 3 Jun[masked]:06:08 -0400
From: Mike Lelieur <[address removed]>
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To: [address removed]


Today, Monday, June 3, the Senate returns
from its Memorial Day recess to vote on more
amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill. Your
Senators’ votes will have an impact on
everything from labeling genetically modified
organisms (GMOs) and banning genetically
engineered salmon, to protecting honeybees,
curbing the over-use of antibiotics on factory
farm animals and allowing U.S. farmers to
grow industrial hemp.

Please choose the issues you’re most
concerned about (grouped below by topic),
then call your Senators at (202)[masked]
(click here to send an email) to let them know
how you’d like them to vote, and why.

You can say:

“Hello, my name is ___ and I’m a constituent
and a voter. I would like to leave a message for
Senator ___’s agriculture staffer. Can you take a
message for me, please? When amendments to
the 2013 Farm Bill are voted on this week, I’d
like Senator ___ to vote to …

GMOS
• … label genetically engineered food.” (Support
Boxer Amendments 1025 and 1026)
• … repeal the Monsanto Protection Act.”
(Support Merkley Amendment 978)
• … ban genetically engineered salmon.”
(Support Begich Amendment 934)

ΒΕΕS
• … save the honeybees.” (Support Boxer
Amendment 1027)

ORGANIC
• … give organic farmers equal access to funds
for environmental improvement.” (Support
Leahy Amendment 1093)

CLIMATE CHANGE
• … add climate change mitigation to
conservation programs.” (Support Whitehouse
Amendment 1058)

FACTORY FARMS
• … address factory farms’ drug abuse problem,
responsible for antibiotic-resistant superbugs
that infect hundreds of thousands and kill tens
of thousands of Americans each year.”
(Support Gillibrand Amendment 940)
• … reign in the factory farm and meatpacking
cartels that subject contract farmers to abusive
practices that reduce food quality, animal
welfare and worker safety.” (Support Grassley
Amendment 969, Rockefeller Amendment 993,
Tester Amendment 971, and Enzi Amendments
981 and 982)

INDUSTRIAL HEMP
• … legalize industrial hemp.” (Support Wyden
Amendment 952)

FOOD SECURITY
• … increase funding for eat-local and farm-to-consumer programs.” (Support Brown
Amendment 1088)

• … stop attempts to take food assistance from
hungry families.” (Oppose Sessions
Amendments 946 and 947, Roberts
Amendments 949 and 950, Thune Amendment
991, Coburn Amendments 100, 1002, 1005, and
1009, and Vitter Amendment 1056)

CORPORATE WELFARE
• … place long-overdue limits of $50,000 on
crop insurance premium subsidies for
America’s wealthiest large-scale farmers.”
(Support Shaheen Amendment 926)

WATER CONSERVATION
• … make sure farmers who get federal money
for irrigation aren’t wasting water.” (Support
Udall Amendment 1049)

Thanks for calling [masked]) and
emailing (click here) your Senators!

If you read Organic Bytes on Thursday, you
know that Monsanto has been getting its way
with the Senate. Lawmakers voted down an
amendment to affirm the existing right of states
to label genetically engineered food and have,
so far, blocked a vote on repealing the
Monsanto Protection Act.

If you haven’t already…

Please find out how your Senators voted on the
Sanders Amendment in support of states’
rights to label GMOs and call and email them to
let them know what you think.

Please call and email Senators Cochran and
Blunt to ask them to stop blocking a vote on
Senator Merkley’s Amendment to repeal the
Monsanto Protection Act.

Sign our petition opposing the King
Amendment and any other attempt by
Congress to take away states’ rights to label
GMOs.

More bad news…

The Food Research and Action Center reports
that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY)
amendment to restore $4.1 billion/ten year in
cuts to nutrition assistance for hungry families
was defeated by a 70-26 vote.

Some good news…

At least one good thing has happened during
Senate votes on Farm Bill amendments. The
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
reports:

“Because of calls from grassroots advocates
like you, the Senate passed an amendment –the Durbin-Coburn amendment – that takes a
bold first step towards reforming ballooning
crop insurance subsidies for wealthy mega-farms in the 2013 Farm Bill!

“Calls from constituents helped encourage 59
Senators to support this common-sense, long
overdue amendment. Even better, it will save
taxpayers over 1.3 billion dollars and will
ensure maximum support goes only to those
who need it, not a handful of mega-farms.”

Constituent communications work! Please call
[masked]) and email (click here) your
Senators today!

Thanks!
Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq.
Political Director

Organic Consumers Association

6771 South Silver Hill Drive - Finland, MN
55603 - Phone:[masked] - Fax:[masked]

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