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VeganMegan
06-12-2003, 07:28 AM
Call Your Representative Today To Oppose WTO Suit on GE Foods (http://www.organicconsumers.org/corp/call060903.cfm)

Call Your Representative Today !!!!!!!

As you are probably aware, the United States has brought a WTO case
against the European Union over their moratorium on genetically
engineered foods. Representative Kucinich and The OCA oppose the WTO
case and oppose this resolution in support of it.

Here is a link to send an e-mail:
http://www.thecampaign.org/alert-house.php

The resolution is H. Res. 252 - "Expressing the sense of the House of
Representatives supporting the United States in its efforts within the
World Trade Organization (WTO) to end the European Union's protectionist
and discriminatory trade practices of the past five years regarding
agriculture biotechnology."

This is a "Suspension bill" which means there can be no amendments, 40
minutes of debate and 2/3 vote to pass. We only need 145 votes to defeat
the bill.

Please call or e-mail your House Representative.

HERE ARE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO TELEPHONE:

1. Call the House of Representatives switchboard at 202-224-3121.

2. Ask to speak to your Representative. If you do not know their name,
the switchboard operator will look it up for you from your zip code.
Note: Sometimes there are more than one Representative in a zip code
area. In that case you will need to look it up yourself on the Internet
at: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

3. When connected to the receptionist, say something like this: "I am
calling because I want to leave a message for Representative
_____________. I am requesting that he/she oppose House Resolution 252
that will be voted on this Tuesday.

4. The receptionist may ask what the Resolution is about. Just say
something like: "It deals with the WTO case the U.S. has brought against
the European Union over their moratorium on genetically engineered
foods. I don't think we should be forcing genetically engineered foods
on the Europeans. And I also think we should have these biotech foods
labeled in the United States."

It is that simple. These receptionists receive a lot of telephone calls.
They are usually quite friendly. Sometimes you will be asked what city
you live in so they can determine if you are from the Representative's
district. Sometimes they may even want to know your name, address, and
telephone number. But usually they will just record your request.

IF YOU WISH TO E-MAIL, HERE IS A LINK TO OUR ACTION ALERT:
http://www.thecampaign.org/alert-house.php

If you want, you can both telephone and e-mail to make sure your message
is received.

Thanks for letting your voice be heard. A copy of the full Resolution is
posted below.

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Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives supporting the
United States in its efforts within the World Trade Organization (WTO)
to end the European Union's protectionist... (Introduced in House)

HRES 252 IH

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 252 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives
supporting the United States in its efforts within the World Trade
Organization (WTO) to end the European Union's protectionist and
discriminatory trade practices of the past five years regarding
agriculture biotechnology.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 22, 2003 Mr. BLUNT (for himself, Mr. HASTERT, Mr. DELAY, Ms. PRYCE
of Ohio, Mr. GOODLATTE, Mr. STENHOLM, and Mr. CARDOZA) submitted the
following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and
Means

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RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives
supporting the United States in its efforts within the World Trade
Organization (WTO) to end the European Union's protectionist and
discriminatory trade practices of the past five years regarding
agriculture biotechnology.

Whereas agriculture biotechnology has been subject to the strictest
testing, based on sound science, by the United States Department of
Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental
Protection Agency prior to commercialization or human consumption;

Whereas Americans have been consuming genetically-modified corn and
soybean products, which are subject to a rigorous Federal review
process, for years with no documentation of any adverse health
consequences;

Whereas, according to recent studies, biotechnology has made substantial
contributions to the protection of the environment by reducing the
application of pesticides, reducing soil erosion and creating an
environment more hospitable to wildlife;

Whereas agriculture biotechnology holds tremendous promise for helping
solve food security and human health crises in the developing world;

Whereas there is objective and experience-based agreement in the
scientific community, including the National Academies of Science, the
American Medical Association, the Royal Society of the United Kingdom,
the French Academy of Medicine, the French Academy of Sciences, the
joint report of the national science academies of the United Kingdom,
the United States, Brazil, China, India and Mexico, twenty Nobel Prize
winners, leading plant science and biology organizations in the United
States and thousands of individual scientists, that biotech foods are
safe and valuable;

Whereas European Union decisions on agriculture and food biotechnology
are being driven by policies that have no scientific justification, do
not take into account its capacity for solving problems facing mankind,
and are critical of the leading role of the United States in scientific
advancement;

Whereas since the late 1990s, the European Union has opposed the use of
agriculture biotechnology and pursued policies which result in slowing
the development and support of genetically-engineered products around
the world;

Whereas the five-year moratorium on the approval of new agriculture
biotechnology products entering the European market has no scientific
basis, effectively prohibits most United States corn exports to Europe,
violates European Union law, and clearly breaches World Trade
Organization (WTO) rules;

Whereas since its implementation in October 1998, the moratorium has
blocked more than $300,000,000 annually in United States corn exports to
countries in the European Union;

Whereas the European Union's unjustified moratorium on agriculture
biotech approvals has ramifications far beyond the United States and
Europe, forcing a slowdown in the adoption and acceptance of beneficial
biotechnology to the detriment of starving people around the world; and

Whereas in the fall of 2002 it was reported that famine-stricken African
countries rejected humanitarian food aid from the United States because
of ill-informed health and environmental concerns and fear that future
exports to the European Union would be jeopardized: Now, therefore, be
it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives supports and applauds the
efforts of the Administration on behalf of the Nation's farmers and
sound science by challenging the long-standing, unwarranted moratorium
imposed in the European Union on agriculture and food biotech products
and encourages the President to continue to press this issue at the G-8
Summit in June 2003.