Dr. Bronner’s Opposed to Anti-GMO Labeling Bill H.R. 1599 (aka the “DARK Act”)

Dr. Bronner’s, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, urged consumers last week to contact their representatives and oppose Rep. Mike Pompeo’s (R-KS) bill, H.R. 1599, commonly known as the DARK Act – or “Deny Americans the Right to Know” Act. Dr. Bronner’s commitment to the labeling of GMO foods, as well healthy and sustainable agriculture, corporate accountability, and consumers’ right to know is part of the company’s mission to put into practice the social and ecological principles that inform Dr. Bronner’s philosophy printed on the company’s iconic soap labels.

HR 1599 would block all states from labeling genetically engineered foods, and make it much harder for the FDA to ever mandate national labeling. Virtually all genetically modified food grown in the U.S. is engineered by chemical companies to survive high doses of the toxic herbicides they sell, which contaminate our food and water. Sixty-four countries already mandate labeling of GE foods.

“Junk food manufacturers and the pesticide industry want to keep us in the dark about the food we are eating,” said David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s. “They’ve pulled out all the stops and kicked their propaganda machine into high gear to ram this terrible law through Congress. Americans overwhelmingly want to know if the food they are eating has been genetically modified to withstand high doses of pesticides, and must be vocal to stop the DARK Act.”

According to the Environmental Working Group*, if Pompeo’s DARK Act were signed into law, it would:

  • Decrease safeguards for farmworkers who spray glyphosate, 2,4-D or other toxic chemicals on GMO crops. Glyphosate is a weed killer that may be carcinogenic according to the world’s leading cancer experts. The herbicide 2,4-D has been linked to cancer, hypothyroidism, suppressed immune systems and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Limit protective buffers intended to protect children near 3,247 elementary schools next to GMO corn and soybean crops. Kids under 12 are exceptionally vulnerable to increased health risks of 2,4-D exposure.
  • Prevent warnings to people regarding environmental hazards – such as those gathering at 11,660 churches next to fields of herbicide-tolerant GMO Crops – on which increased amounts of glyphosate and 2,4-D are being sprayed.

Update:  On Thursday July 23, 2015, HR 1599 passed in the The U.S. House of Representatives, with more than 94% of Republicans voting in favor of the bill.




Radio Insider’s Take on How to Target Rush’s Local Sponsors

I did not write, but I found it to be so helpful I thought it would be a good idea to post.  All for the good of the cause.

As a retired radio group VP with years of station management on my resume, here is a better suggestion. Go after the local advertisers on his show. There are very few local advertising availabilities on Rush’s show and they sell at a premium. Monitor the Rush station, make a list of the local advertisers and do the following:

1. Call the advertiser, be polite.
2. Write a letter to the advertiser, be polite.
3. Copy the station and the FCC with the advertiser letter.
4. Politely call the General Manager of the station,tell the GM what you are doing and why, tell them you have contacted the advertiser and copied the FCC.
5. If the local advertiser uses an agency, contact the agency, as well.Just ask the local business, if they use an agency.

It won’t take many letters and phone calls to get their attention and remind the station that the letters need to be placed in the station’s public file. (the public file is an FCC requirement)

Local stations don’t get many local avails in Rush’s show and many pay a huge fee to Premiere to run the show.If they start losing business because of that asshole, they will raise hell with Premiere.

If KFI in LA got a hundred letters with follow up phone calls it would get their attention very quickly. The key is to put on the pressure through the local advertisers.

The local station will blink and get very nervous, very quickly.