Do Something Useful: The Codex Alimentarius on Labeling
Thu, 21 May 1998 10:20:42 EDT
>From: Matthew Hodges <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Date: Monday, May 18, 1998 5:09 PM
>Subject: Do Something Useful: The Codex Alimentarius on Labeling
>Thanks for using Something Useful to comment on the National Organic
>As you probably know, the USDA was overwhelmed with the response
>they received and have committed to removing the "big three" (genetic
>engineering, irradiation, and municipal sludge) from the Organic Standard.
>They will be back with a revised proposal sometime in the Fall.
>In the meantime, we have shifted our focus to a new project. The Codex
>Alimentarius is meeting on May 26-29, 1998, in Ottawa, Canada. This is
>a United Nations body that will be determining international policy on the
>labeling of genetically engineered food products. This is an extremely
>The European Union wants to label genetically engineered foods and to
>protect the individual's right to decide, but as expected, the United
>States and Canada do not.
>We have therefore directed our online commenting apparatus to the 158
>national representatives of the Codex Alimentarius. We would like to ask
>you to do two things as soon as possible:
>1. Send a comment to your National Contact--just go to
>http://www.ticketplease.com and follow the Genetic Food link.
>Commenting on this one is much simpler than the Organic Standard;
>2. Please forward this note to one of your mailing lists. If you don't
>have an appropriate one, make a short list called "Something Useful." We
>will certainly give you occasion to use it again in the future.
>Many thanks, and all best wishes,
>Matt Hodges, editor
>Do Something Useful
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